Chrysler Debates Future Of Minivans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Chrysler is debating the future of its minivans even as it starts making the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country this week.

CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company is planning new vans that can carry a lot of people but may not look like traditional minivans.

But Chrysler will proceed carefully. Marchionne says the company doesn't want to cede market share. Chrysler currently controls about a third of the U.S. minivan market.

Dodge brand president Ralph Gilles says a team within Chrysler is studying trends, including a shift to smaller minivans and crossovers.

But he says it's too soon to say whether Chrysler will cancel one of its current vehicles or just expand its lineup.

Chrysler also plans to sell a hybrid minivan in 2013.

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