Chrysler Canada - 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan:
Canada’s Best-selling Minivan for Over 27 Consecutive Years
Dodge Grand Caravan offers the most versatile passenger and cargo vehicle in the industry
Creator of the minivan continues to innovate with industry-exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go® seating, which can be easily operated with one hand in a matter of seconds
PentastarTM 3.6-litre VVT V6 provides best-in-class 283 horsepower without a penalty at the gas pump
More than 40 safety and technology features and a 5-year/100,000-kilometre powertrain warranty provide peace of mind
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to lead the segment it created and is Canada’s second best-selling vehicle in 2011.
“More than 27 years ago, Dodge created a revolution by launching the first minivan, and through continued innovations like our industry-exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go Seating, we’ve remained the leader ever since,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Chrysler Canada. “For 2012, we continue to offer the Canada Value Package, which offers seven passenger seating, seven standard airbags and best-in-class storage for $27,995.”
The Dodge Grand Caravan will be available in five models for 2012 that fit almost any lifestyle and budget: Canada Value Package (CVP), SXT Stow ‘n Go, Crew, Crew Plus and R/T. Every model across the Dodge Grand Caravan range features added value for 2012.
The Canada Value Package (CVP), with a starting Canadian MSRP of $27,995 (excludes $1400 destination), includes the standard 3.6-litre PentastarTM VVT V6 with 283 horsepower and six-speed automatic, air conditioning, four-wheel disc antilock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), seven airbags, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control and much more
The SXT Stow ‘n Go offers second-row Super Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, third-row Stow ’n Go with tailgate seats at a starting Canadian MSRP of $30,995 (excludes $1400 destination)
At a starting Canadian MSRP of $33,995 (excludes $1400 destination), the Grand Caravan Crew includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, power-adjustable pedals, Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, bright chrome exterior accents, eight way power driver’s seat and segment-exclusive Super Console and Stow ’n Place™ roof rack system
The Grand Caravan Crew Plus adds functionality of power dual sliding doors, power liftgate, heated leather-faced seats, 6.5-inch touchscreen media centre and ParkView® rear backup camera, Sirius® Satellite radio with one-year subscription, and ambient interior lighting, to name a few
The Grand Caravan R/T includes a very distinctive monochromatic exterior and unique 17-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, premium black leather-faced seats with red accent stitching, nine speakers with amplifier and subwoofer, a unique suspension, heated second row seats, heated steering wheel, Uconnect™ Voice Command with Bluetooth®, body colour grille and bodyside moulding, and more
Industry-exclusive Stow ’n Go® seating can be easily operated with one hand in a matter of seconds
The Dodge Grand Caravan features industry-exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go seating with easy one-touch operation and more comfortable seats. The second row in the Dodge Grand Caravan can be effortlessly stowed in less than 5 seconds with just one hand. And when not stowed, only Dodge Grand Caravan allows secure storage in the second row in-floor bins. Also standard on all Dodge Grand Caravan models is the 60/40 split-folding third row Stow ‘n Go seating. Only Dodge Grand Caravan can be so effortlessly transformed from hauling seven passengers to hauling cargo in a matter of seconds.
A heart of gold
At the heart of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is the award-winning 3.6-litre PentastarTM VVT V6 engine mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. This engine was selected by Ward’s Automotive as one of the “10 Best Engines” in the industry. In the Dodge Grand Caravan, the PentastarTM VVT V6 delivers a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
Dodge Grand Caravan also features a driver-selectable fuel economizer mode. Drivers can change the transmission shift schedule with the press of a button to maximize their fuel economy. In addition, lower-rolling resistance tires, a spoiler and reduced mechanical drag all contribute to Dodge Grand Caravan’s class-leading aerodynamics and excellent fuel economy. Even with the potent V6 powertrain, Grand Caravan still manages to deliver an impressive fuel economy rating of 7.9 L/100 km (36 MPG) on the highway.
R/T is where versatility meets performance and attitude. Uniquely designed both inside and out, the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T features a suspension tuned for sporty handling, while still providing a comfortable ride. The shocks were re-tuned to work in conjunction with the higher rate springs at all four corners. These changes allow for quicker responses to driver input, and tighter handling characteristics.
Form gladly follows function
Grand Caravan’s design is intended to convey the dynamic driving nature of the vehicle. A front fascia that sports the Dodge signature “split crosshair” grille and quad headlamps combine to give the face of the 2012 Grand Caravan an aggressive feel. A sculpted rear fascia and liftgate and rear “ring of fire” LED taillamps completes the look from front to back.
The latest innovation from the minivan leader is the Stow ‘n Place™ roof rack system that lets owners stow the roof bows in the side rails when not in use and snap them easily into place when needed. The ability to stow the roof bows when they’re not being used means less aerodynamic drag and wind buffeting and better overall efficiency.
Premium interior design
Owners will step inside to a world-class interior. A modern, one-piece instrument panel is intuitive for the customer with instinctive ergonomics and large gauges, with premium bright accents and soft-touches throughout. An available centre super console provides clever functionality and storage for the active commuter, as well as easy driver/passenger access with a pass-through storage space for larger items.
A three-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls for audio, navigation and cruise control also offers a minivan-first heated steering wheel option. The best storage in the segment rounds out the improved interior.
More than 40 safety, security and technology features keep families safe and connected
Safety and security features include standard front seat-mounted side air bags, a driver’s knee blocker air bag, three-row side-curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), tire pressure monitoring and remote keyless entry. The available Safety Sphere Package of features includes, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection system, rain-sensitive wipers and automatic headlamps.
With class-leading cargo capacity, best-in-class power, 100,000-kilometre powertrain warranty and industry-exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan truly is the industry’s most versatile cargo and passenger vehicle.
For 2012, the Dodge Grand Caravan is available in seven paint colours: Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Redline 2 Coat Pearl, Stone White, Dark Charcoal Pearl, and new for 2012 colours True Blue Pearl and Copperhead Pearl.
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan will be built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario and will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of 2011.
The Dodge brand is a full line of cars, crossovers and minivans that are sporty, functional and innovative. They provide customers with excellent quality, innovation, and value.
Dodge now offers six vehicles that deliver nine litres per 100 kilometres on the highway, while retaining that distinctive Dodge innovation and style. With the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger, the No. 1 selling minivan in Canada for more than 27 years, the Dodge Grand Caravan, the No. 1 selling crossover in Canada, the Dodge Journey, as well as the Avenger and Challenger, Dodge has one of the newest product lineups in the country.
About Chrysler Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 86th anniversary in 2011. Chrysler Canada's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep® Wrangler, Chrysler 300 and Ram trucks.
Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one of the world's leading automotive companies. Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, SRT, FIAT® and Mopar® vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
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