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These seats have continued as an available option through Generation 5. In , Chrysler introduced a system of seats to simplify installation, removal, and re-positioning— marketed as Easy-Out Roller Seats. When installed, the seats are latched to floor-mounted strikers. When unlatched, eight rollers lift each seat, allowing it to be rolled fore and aft.
Tracks have locator depressions for rollers, thus enabling simple installation. Ergonomic levers at the seatbacks release the floor latches single-handedly without tools and raise the seats onto the rollers in a single motion. Additionally, seatbacks were designed to fold forward. Seat roller tracks are permanently attached to the floor and seat stanchions are aligned, fascillitating the longitiudinal rolling of the seats.
Bench seat stanchions were moved inboard to reduce bending stress in the seat frames, allowing them to be lighter. The Easy-out system remained in use through Generation V — where certain models featured a two-person bench and the under-floor compartments from the Stow'n Go system. The Volkswagen Routan , a rebadged nameplate variant of the Chrysler minivans, uses the Easy Out Roller Seats on its second-row seating. In , Chrysler introduced a system of second- and third-row seating that folded completely into under-floor compartments — marketed as Stow 'n Go seating and exclusively available on long-wheelbase models.
With both rows folded, the vans have a flat load floor and a maximum cargo volume of The Stow 'n Go system is not offered on the Volkswagen Routan , a rebadged nameplate variant of the Chrysler minivans.
Chrysler introduced a seating system in , marketed as Swivel'n Go. In the system, the two second row seats swivel to face the third row. A detachable table can be placed between the second and third row seats.
Swivel'n Go is available with Stow 'n Go seating after models. The Swivel 'n Go system is offered on the Dodge Caravan , but not the Volkswagen Routan , a rebadged nameplate variant of the Chrysler minivans. The tracks, risers and swivel mechanisms are assembled by Camslide, a division of Intier.
The system is noted for its high strength [ citation needed ]. The entire load of the seat in the event of a crash is transferred through the swivel mechanism, which is almost twice as strong as the minimum government requirement. The swivel mechanism includes bumpers that stabilize the seat while in the lock position. When rotated the seat come off these bumpers to allow easy rotation. The seat is not meant to be left in an unlocked position or swiveled with the occupant in it, although this will not damage swivel mechanism.
Swivel 'n Go was dropped from the line of Chrysler and Dodge minivans due to a lack of consumer interest. As of May , Windsor Assembly will be the lead producer of the RT , but will not fully take over until when they phase out current production of the Pacifica CS. They are similar to the North American model, with minor variations for the local market. The most obvious difference is the front bumper, taillights, and headlights, which are shared with the European market Chrysler Grand Voyager.
In , production ended and the production line was relocated to China where Soueast continued to assemble it under the Chrysler Grand Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan nameplates from until late Since the European-Version is also produced in Ontario, although diesel engines are still available, and the trim is also different. A two-year demonstration program with 25 flexible-fuel plug-in minivans began in April Department of Energy DOE.
The plug-in hybrid minivans are equipped with an E85 -compatible 3. The plug-in hybrid is powered by a liquid-cooled A plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler minivan launched in the U. In September Chrysler temporarily suspended the demonstration program. The carmaker plans to upgrade the battery packs with cells that use a different lithium-ion chemistry before the vehicles go back on service.
Chrysler explained that no one was injured from any of the incidents, and the vehicles were not occupied at the time, nor any of the minivans were involved in any incident, but they were withdrawn as a precaution. The demonstration is a program jointly funded by Chrysler and the U. Department of Energy that includes the first-ever factory-produced vehicles capable of reverse power flow. The experimental system would allow fleet operators to use their plug-in hybrids to supply electricity for a building during a power outage, reduce power usage when electric rates are high or even sell electricity back to their utility company.
Chrysler also reported that the plug-in pickups delivered peak average fuel economy of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It has been suggested that this article be merged with Chrysler minivans.
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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This page was last edited on 11 March , at Another new feature of this generation was an available rear overhead console which featured LED map lights as well as halo ambient lighting. A new DVD system was also available, which featured dual screens for the rear passengers.
The Stow 'n Go seats, carried over from the previous generation, were standard, with a new seating system marketed as Swivel 'n Go optional on higher end models. In this seating system, two full size second row seats swivel to face the third row. A detachable table can be placed between the second and third row seats.
The Swivel 'n Go seating system includes the 3rd row seating from the Stow 'n Go system, but not the second row, which must be manually removed from the vehicle. The Volkswagen Routan is a seven-seat rebadged variant of the RT minivans with revised styling, content features and suspension tuning. The Routan marked the start of Volkswagen 's business strategy to offer additional vehicles specially developed for the U.
Prior to the agreement, Volkswagen had no minivan model for the United States or Canadian markets. The Routan is sold only in North America U. The automaker's intent with outsourcing production the Routan to Chrysler was to avoid the significant expense of developing its own family-sized minivan. The Routan features a rebranded version of Chrysler's hard drive-based audio and navigation system—marketed by Chrysler as the MyGig system and by Volkswagen as the Joybox, but has neither Chrysler's Stow'n Go nor Swivel'n Go seating systems.
VW of America had projected for the Routan to gain at least five percent of the U. By July , 11, units had been sold. In January , Volkswagen announced there would be no retail model, but held open the possibility that development may resume with a potential model. The Routan was reserved for fleet purchasers, and 2, were produced by Chrysler during the calendar year. The Chrysler minivans underwent a mid-cycle refresh for the model year, which included major changes in both styling and functionality.
The suspension was heavily re-tuned, with both Dodge and Chrysler minivans gaining a larger front sway bar and new rear sway bar, increased rear roll center height, adjusted spring rates, a new steering gear, a revised front static camber setting, and lowered ride height. This dramatically improved handling in both the Chrysler and Dodge.
Other changes included extra sound insulation, acoustic glass, new seats, softer-touch surfaces, new LED ambient lighting and center console, and halogen projector headlamps with LED accents. The Chrysler models were adjusted so that instead of competing against equivalent Dodge trim levels, they were above Dodge in trim and features. All three of the former engine choices were replaced by the new Pentastar 3. Chrysler Voyagers sold in continental Europe was rebranded as the Lancia Voyager.
It is based on the Dodge Grand Caravan, but with solid metal instead of rear windows and a flat load space with In , the 3. Automotive news reported that, from January to October in , Dodge sold about a third of its Grand Caravans to rental fleets.
For , the Dodge Grand Caravan is only available in three trim levels: All trim levels get new standard equipment, some of which was previously optional for those trim levels. This trim level takes the place of the previous top-of-the-line GT trim. SE Plus and SXT trim levels also offer a Blacktop Package , which adds a blacked-out front upper grille, darkened front head and rear tail lamps, black-finished seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and an all-black interior color scheme.
Options that have been deleted for the model year include the nine-speaker premium amplified surround-sound audio system, the dual-screen rear DVD entertainment system, and leather-and-suede seating surfaces. Production began in November of model year Dodge Grand Caravans due to the newly-revised Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards , which now requires that all new vehicles sold in the United States include standard side-impact airbags, which the Grand Caravan only offered as an extra-cost option on some trim levels.
Dodge did not start production of the Grand Caravan until November because of this. However, it was later announced that the Grand Caravan would be sold alongside the Chrysler Pacifica unchanged from the model, with a simplified model lineup. Marchionne is quoted as saying, "The replacement of the Caravan will be a Caravan -like vehicle.
I need another minivan. It's going to be in line with the Pacifica architecture". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved May 11, Volkswagen unveils the newish Routan minivan". Retrieved 2 March Retrieved 28 January Going and Being International for Medium-sized Companies.
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