All-new Van Raises the Bar and Provides 'Garagable' Solution for Small
Business and Commercial Needs
-- New cargo van continues Dodge's commitment to the commercial vehicle
-- All-new exterior and interior design offers ideal balance of utility,
functionality and visibility
-- Enhanced commercial suspension for heavier cargo without sacrificing
-- Rear hatch convenience and dual sliding doors for ease of loading and
-- Abundant upfitter and storage capability
-- Outstanding interior cargo volume space (143.8 cubic feet), flexibility
and durability to handle the most demanding commercial jobs
-- Standard features include a 3.3-liter V-6 flex-fuel capable engine,
front and rear power outlets, industrial cargo floor, sunscreen glass, dual
sliding doors, security alarm, Sentry Key(R) engine immobilizer, and YES
Essentials(R) stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth fabric
-- More than 15 standard safety features including advanced multi-stage
front air bags, side-curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP),
Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), tire pressure monitoring system
and energy-absorbing steering column
-- All-new cargo van arrives in dealerships this fall
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Designed for commercial
use, the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van is a "garagable"
solution that provides an optimum balance of utility, functionality and
visibility for small business and commercial needs. Showcasing a spacious,
yet compact interior, the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van
provides business customers superior space and durability to handle the
most demanding commercial jobs while continuing Dodge's commitment to the
commercial minivan market.
"With the introduction of our all-new Grand Caravan cargo van, Dodge
continues to offer innovative solutions to the commercial vehicle market,"
said Michael Accavitti, Director - Dodge Brand SRT Marketing and
Communications. "An ideal solution for a variety of businesses, the all-new
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van's efficiency, flexibility and
versatility make it the perfect work-vehicle for commercial customers who
simply don't need the massive power of a Dodge Ram or the cavernous
interior of the Dodge Sprinter."
The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van is powered by an
efficient 3.3-liter V-6 engine with flex-fuel capability mated to a
four-speed automatic transmission delivering 175 horsepower and 205 lb.-ft.
of torque. This powertrain provides fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon
(mpg) city and 24 mpg highway. The drivetrain is bolstered by a special
commercial-tuned heavy-duty front and rear suspension allowing for heavier
cargo and added capability without sacrificing ride quality. The
suspension, combined with hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering,
front anti-roll bar and twist beam rear suspension with coil springs
provides enhanced handling and driver comfort.
Packing plenty of comfort and convenience, Dodge Grand Caravan cargo
vans provide business customers both a comfortable and utilitarian 143.8
cubic feet of cargo capacity, 58.9 cubic feet of front compartment volume,
maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,050 lbs., Gross Combined
Weight Rating (GCWR) of 7,000 lbs., payload capacity of 1,500 lbs. and
impressive towing capacity of 1,800 lbs.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo vans are designed to meet
specialized small business and commercial customer needs, while offering
exceptional occupant protection to ensure a safe and secure driving
experience. In addition to outstanding interior space, rear hatch
convenience and dual sliding doors provide ease of loading and unloading.
Rear seats are not included to provide ultimate storage capacity. For
increased protection, an industrial cargo floor covers the cargo area and
front rubber floor covering is standard.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van features abundant
upfitter and storage capability. Comfort and convenience features include
dual glove boxes and multiple storage bins and cup holders. With superior
space and versatility to handle the most demanding commercial jobs, dark
sunscreen glass panels provide a pleasing aesthetic and improved
Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, a 20-gallon fuel tank,
power front windows and locks, front and rear power outlets, no
intermediate or rear seats, industrial cargo floor and front rubber floor
covering, sunscreen glass, dual manual-sliding doors, sliding door alert
system, halogen headlamps, manual liftgate with single floodlamp, 12-volt
power outlets in the instrument panel and rear quarter trim, tire pressure
monitoring system, and intermittent front and rear wipers. An interior
delete option is offered which removes the second- and third-row interior
Additional standard comfort and convenience features include front
bottle holders, dual glove boxes, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, and YES Essentials(R)
stain- resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth fabric.
More than 15 standard safety features include advanced multi-stage
front air bags, side-curtain air bags (with option to delete), Electronic
Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist, four-wheel
anti-lock braking system, BeltAlert, brake/park interlock, constant-force
retractors, Door Alert, dual-folding exterior mirrors, Enhanced Accident
Response System (EARS), front crush sensors, halogen headlamps, loose fuel
cap message on instrument cluster, pretensioners, side door alert warning,
three-point lap/shoulder belt with height adjusters, tire pressure
monitoring system, and a patented energy-absorbing steering column.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van is available in six
exterior colors: Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl
Coat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Light Sandstone Metallic, Modern Blue
Pearl Coat and Stone White.
Covering a broad spectrum of demographics, the typical customer for the
all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van includes entrepreneurial small-
business customers such as "mom and pop" type businesses, operators of
small fleets of 10 vehicles or less, and service and delivery vocations
such as florist, dry cleaner and package/parcel operators. Target audience
also includes small fleet customers with anywhere from 10 to 49 vehicles.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van is manufactured at the
Chrysler St. Louis South Assembly Plant in Fenton, Mo. and arrives in
dealerships this fall.