Seven seats to two in 30 seconds flat? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Don't worry, this isn't one of your kid's story problems. This is the latest in the long line of innovations you've come to expect from Dodge. The 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan features convenience, versatility, and storage:
- Minivan-first available Stow 'n Go seating and storage system - Second-row bucket seats with third-row 60/40 split bench seating and tailgate feature available on 2006 Grand Caravan - Available overhead rail system with movable/removable storage bins - Únderseat lockable storage drawer
With our minivan-first available Stow 'n Go™ seating and storage system you can fold the second- and 60/40 split third-row seats into the floor in about 30 seconds. This means you can go from seven seats for hauling the whole family to two for hauling everything else. You'll never have to remove a headrest or take out the seats again.
When both rows of seats are upright, spacious storage bins provide 12 cubic feet of storage. Because you're not the only one in the family with a lot of stuff. And to get all that stuff out a little more easily, we've integrated cargo nets into each storage bin.
Still not enough room? Don't worry, we're not done yet. The 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan can also include an available overhead rail system with three movable/removable storage bins for the stuff you can't fit anywhere else.
Grand Caravan SE has a standard second-row removable bench with in-floor storage bins, and a third-row stowable split bench. All Grand Caravans come equipped with innovative seating and storage capabilities. Whether you need folding or removable seats for stowing a little or a lot, Caravan makes it abundantly clear: It is the minivan choice.
Carry up to seven passengers in total comfort, or remove all the seats for up to 142.3 cubic feet of storage space in the 2006 Dodge Caravan. Whether you're carrying passengers or gear, there's plenty of room—and enough seating combinations to handle the load.
Going to the game? In split seconds the available third-row 60/40 split bench can be flipped completely rearward in part or in its entirety for convenient, comfortable tailgate seating. And the liftgate even provides a weather shelter in case game day is a bit rainy.Source - Dodge
2006 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan Cargo Vans: Optimum Durability, Comfort and Convenience
• 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van to offer segment's only wheelbase modified with Stow 'n Go™ body and tubs • Perfect balance of utility and visibility for smaller business and commercial needs
• Chrysler Group continues to set standard for flexibility and innovation in minivan segment
For smaller business and commercial needs, there is no option like the 2006 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans. Designed for commercial use with both short- and long-wheelbase versions, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans provide business customers a spacious, yet compact interior, along with a commercial suspension for heavier cargo without sacrificing ride quality.
For ultimate storage capacity, rear seats are not included in Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans. And for increased protection, a tough rubber floor mat covers the cargo area. Dual sliding doors and rear-quarter window openings offer a variety of glass and/or panel configurations for the perfect balance of utility and visibility.
'Our commercial customer base is diverse and demanding,' said Darryl Jackson, Vice President – Dodge Marketing, Chrysler Group. 'Our 2006 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans answer the call by offering superior space and durability to handle the most demanding commercial jobs.'
2006 Dodge Caravan Cargo Van Dodge Caravan Cargo Van delivers a host of standard features including a spirited 3.3-liter V-6 engine matched with a four-speed automatic transmission, rack and pinion power steering, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, driver's inflatable knee blocker, air conditioning, sunscreen glass, front and rear power outlets and 16-inch all-season tires.
Other available features include a roof rack, security alarm, remote keyless entry, speed control, tilt steering column, power-heated mirrors, power front windows and power door locks. Dodge Caravan Cargo Van has 146.7 cu. ft. of maximum cargo space and has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van Packing plenty of comfort, Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van is the long-wheelbase version of the Dodge Caravan Cargo Van. It has the same standard offerings and options as the Dodge Caravan Cargo Van, and is equally resilient and durable. Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van offers 160.7 cu. ft. of maximum cargo capacity with up to 5,700 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Maximum towing capacity is 2,000 lbs.
Chief among 2006 standard enhancements is a new long-wheelbase modified with Stow 'n Go body and tubs, Belt Alert for driver and passenger seats, and loose fuel cap indicator message on instrument panel.
Exterior colors available for the 2006 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan Cargo Vans include Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Stone White, Bright Silver Metallic and Midnight Blue Pearl Coat.
2006 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans are built at Chrysler Group's St. Louis South Assembly Plant in Fenton, Mo.
Powertrain and Handling Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans are equipped with a180-horsepower (134 kW), 3.3-liter, V-6 engine delivering 210 lb.-ft. (285 N•m) of torque, and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Hydraulic power-assist rack and pinion steering, heavy-duty ride suspension, front anti-roll bar, rear leaf suspension, P215/65SR16 tires, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS combine to ensure a safe and secure driving experience.
Comfort and Convenience Included among Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan cargo vans comfort and convenience features are air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD, two 12V power outlets, trip odometer, front driver and passenger seats, adjustable front head restraints, driver and passenger front armrests, four-way adjustable driver seat, four-way adjustable passenger seat, no rear seats, and tough industrial rubber floor covering for the cargo area.
A wide assortment of optional equipment is also available including assorted upfit packages and an available heavy-duty electrical group with a 160-amp alternator and 600-amp battery.Source - Dodge
2006 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan Still Innovative After All These Years
After 21 years and more than 11 million sales, Chrysler Group minivans are still setting the standard for flexibility and innovation in the minivan segment. Segment-leading innovations from the Chrysler Group continue in the 2006 model year with the Stow 'n Go™ seating and storage system originally introduced on the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. With useful innovations like Stow 'n Go, safety and security features like a minivan-first inflatable knee blocker and value for the consumer, Dodge Caravan remains the sales leader in the minivan market segment. The 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan's Stow 'n Go seating and storage system features comfortable second- and third-row seats that easily fold into the floor in less than 30 seconds. With all seats in the upright position, there is an available 12 cu. ft. of storage space. The second row has two roomy, covered storage bins with 6 cu. ft. of space, while the third row has an available 6 cu. ft. storage area with built-in grocery hooks. For 2006, Chrysler Group modified the second-row storage bin covers with a tri-fold access panel that allows easier access to the covered storage bins and doesn't require moving the front driver or passenger seat forward.
The flexibility of Stow 'n Go offers an abundance of seating configurations, the most popular of which are:
• Family (all seats in the upright position)
• Limousine (second-row seats stowed in the floor, third-row seats upright) Cargo (second- and third-row seats stowed in the floor for a total of 160.7 cu. ft. of cargo capacity)
• Tailgate (third-row seats flipped rearward with rear hatch open for covered seating while parked)
'The innovative Stow 'n Go seating and storage system on the Dodge Grand Caravan has really resonated with consumers,' said Darryl Jackson, Vice President-Dodge Marketing. 'By listening to our customers and offering them better value and flexibility, Dodge intends to remain the leader in the very competitive minivan market segment.'
Designed From the Inside Out Chrysler Group changed the way people thought about transportation when it introduced the modern minivan 21 years ago. Designed from the inside out, the formula has been enhanced and improved upon, while staying true to its original design: a garageable van with chair-height seating, a low, flat floor, easy entry and exit, front-wheel drive and flexible seating.
The 2006 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan embrace the original minivan formula, but also remain uniquely Dodge. The 2006 Caravan and Grand Caravan are instantly recognizable as a Dodge by their distinctive Ú-shaped grille that has become the 'face of Dodge.'
'The 2006 Dodge minivans make a bold styling statement without compromising our time-tested minivan formula,' said Joe Dehner-Director, Chrysler Group Design. 'Like a child who turns 21, our minivans have matured into pleasant, useful and capable vehicles.
The 2006 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan is available in four models.
2006 Dodge Caravan SE The Dodge Caravan SE is the value leader with the lowest price in the minivan segment. The 2006 Dodge Caravan SE standard-wheelbase minivan is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Standard features include advanced multistage driver- and front-passenger air bags, driver's side inflatable knee blocker, air conditioning, cargo net between the front seats, rear seatback grocery bag hooks, two-passenger intermediate and three-passenger rear bench seat featuring Easy Out® roller seats, Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat anchor system, BeltAlert for driver and front passenger, AM/FM stereo radio with CD player and four speakers, 15-inch Interface wheel covers and DoorAlert.
Optional features available include sunscreen glass, rear window defroster, power door locks, power adjustable pedals, rear seat video system, power front windows, supplemental three-row side-curtain air bags, remote keyless entry which includes Sentry Key® engine immobilizer and AM/FM stereo radio with cassette and CD player.
2006 Dodge Caravan SXT The 2006 Dodge Caravan SXT standard-wheelbase minivan is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) In addition to the standard features available on the Dodge Caravan SE model, the 2006 Dodge Caravan SXT features standard dual-zone air conditioning, power door locks, power front windows and rear vents, rear defroster, sunscreen glass, power heated exterior mirrors, remote keyless and illuminated entry with Sentry Key engine immobilizer, second-row bucket and third-row bench seat, AM/FM stereo radio with cassette/CD player and six speakers, speed control, tilt steering column and 16-inch Ingot aluminum wheels.
Optional features available include supplemental three-row side-curtain air bags, passenger-side power sliding door, roof rack, removable center console between front seats, power adjustable pedals, AM/FM stereo radio with six-disc in-dash CD changer, ÚConnect™ hands-free communication with Bluetooth™ technology and rear entertainment system.
2006 Grand Caravan SE The 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SE long-wheelbase minivan is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with 180 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque, a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Standard features include advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), driver's side inflatable knee blocker, rear defroster, speed control, tilt steering column, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, BeltAlert for driver and front passenger, DoorAlert, air conditioning, body-color front and rear fascias, cargo net between the front seats, rear seatback grocery bag hooks, two-passenger intermediate bench seat with second-row covered storage bins with an available 6 cu. ft. of storage space, three-passenger rear 60/40 split bench seat with recline and fold-in-the-floor seating, Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat anchor system, AM/FM stereo radio with CD player and four speakers, and 15-inch Interface wheel covers.
Optional features available on the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SE include Stow 'n Go seating and storage system (second- and third-row seats that fold in the floor and an available 6 cu. ft. of storage space in each row when seats are upright), supplemental three-row side-curtain air bags, overhead rail console with three moveable/removable storage compartments, power adjustable pedals, remote keyless entry with Sentry Key engine immobilizer, SIRIÚS Satellite Radio and rear entertainment group, including DVD player with second-row overhead seven-inch video screen, six speakers and video remote control.
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT In addition to the standard features on the Dodge Grand Caravan SE, the long-wheelbase 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Other standard features include Stow 'n Go seating and storage system featuring second- and third-row seats that fold in the floor and an available 6 cu. ft. of storage space in each row when seats are upright, power driver- and passenger-side sliding doors, three-zone manual temperature control, power windows, power door locks, dual power heated mirrors, sunscreen glass, overhead console with trip computer and HomeLink® universal transceiver, eight-way power driver's seat, fog lamps, roof rack, illuminated visor/vanity mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls, AM/FM stereo radio with cassette, CD player and six speakers, 16-inch Ingot aluminum wheels and remote keyless illuminated entry with Sentry Key engine immobilizer.
Optional equipment available on the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT includes supplemental three-row side-curtain air bags, ParkSense™ rear back-up system, power liftgate, power sun roof, removable front center console, power adjustable pedals, overhead rail console with three moveable/removable storage compartments, low-speed traction control, AM/FM stereo radio CD/DVD changer that plays most types of CDs/DVDs (including MP3, DVD audio, DVD video, DVD R and DVD RW), AM/FM stereo with CD player and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation, ÚConnect hands-free communication with Bluetooth technology, Infinity® Acoustic 8™ speaker system, touring suspension and trailer-tow package with load-leveling and height control.
Exterior colors available for the 2006 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan are Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Butane Blue Pearl Coat, Magnesium Pearl Coat, Linen Gold Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal, Stone White, Bright Silver Metallic and Midnight Blue Pearl Coat.
2006 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan models are built at Chrysler Group's Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and St. Louis South Assembly Plant in Fenton, Mo.Source - Dodge
In the late 1970s, Baby Boomers were reaching adulthood and starting families in large numbers. But sedans and station wagons, the traditional standard-bearers among family transportation vehicles, were becoming smaller in response to concerns about pollution and fuel efficiency – and their passenger and cargo capacity was being reduced. Vans created for the commercial delivery market were being customized as passenger vehicles, but their large size, inefficiency and front-engine, rear-wheel drive configurations made them unsatisfactory substitutes for wagons and sedans as family transportation vehicles. Únder the leadership of executives Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich, Chrysler initiated development of a new type of vehicle that would offer considerable passenger and cargo-carrying space in a family-friendly package.
Despite the apparent advantages of the concept — a small van with front-wheel drive that could offer consumers more space and greater fuel economy — many obstacles had to be overcome. The final design needed to be low enough to fit in a typical home garage and travel through a standard car wash. The proposed front-wheel drivetrain, which permitted a flat floor and created more interior room, also required special front-end styling considerations, including a functional 'nose' to house the engine and offer 'crush space' in case of accident. Once all those criteria were met, the new concept – not really a car, not really a truck — had to be styled as an attractive, family vehicle that would appeal to a broad spectrum of potential buyers.
The result was referred to within Chrysler as the 'T-115' – but ultimately branded as the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. Prior to launch, these distinctive but untested vehicles would compete with Chrysler's successful new K-car platforms for technical and financial resources. But, following its runaway success, it would be this new product, soon popularly described as the 'minivan,' that brought consumers – lots of them – into Chrysler dealerships.
The launch of the minivan in 1983 as a 1984 model year vehicle created an all-new product segment. Car and Driver described it as 'the only American-built van that's not a truck,' noting that the T-115 was ten inches narrower, 15 inches lower and about four feet shorter than the most popular conventional vans. Observed Road & Track, 'Chrysler is betting there's a big market for a van of this size and is aiming it at current station wagon owners; those who already own larger, less efficient club wagons; growing families; those who need station wagons but hate the stodgy suburban image; women who aren't comfortable driving large conventional vans; people who used to own full-sized sedans and like plenty of interior room, and those who just enjoy the sheer novelty of the vehicle.'
The company's bet was well placed. One day in 1983, when members of Chrysler's Houston zone office drove to lunch in a newly-delivered minivan, a lady approached them in the restaurant's parking lot and unhesitatingly asked, 'What is this and where can I buy one?' The initial marketing, featuring popular magician Doug Henning, aptly described the vehicle as 'The Magic Wagon.'
The Chrysler minivan was an instant success and, despite spirited competition from other automakers over three decades, has always been the best-selling minivan in the Únited States.
1984-1990 model years: The first-generation Chrysler minivans were based on the S platform, a derivative of the Chrysler K platform used for the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant passenger cars. Three trim levels were available on the first Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager models – a base level, the 'mainstream' SE and the 'upscale' LE, which featured vinyl 'woodgrain' side panels. The standard four-cylinder engine could be mated with a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission or a five-speed manual. An early Chrysler minivan featuring the rare turbocharged 2.5-liter engine (available only in 1989 and 1990) is now considered a collector's item by many.
Both the Caravan and the Voyager were on Car and Driver magazine's 'Ten Best' list for 1985.
The Mini-Ram Van, a cargo version of the Caravan, also appeared in 1984. Renamed the Caravan C/V in 1989, it was discontinued after the 1995 model year.
In 1987, the Caravan and Voyager received some cosmetic updates – and new, longer-wheelbase Grand Caravan and Grand Voyager models were introduced.
1990 model year: The Chrysler Town & Country, a luxury version of the Chrysler minivan, was introduced (see the Town & Country Heritage section). The Town & Country nameplate dated to 1941 and had been used on a variety of Chrysler vehicles until 1988.
The standard Town & Country minivan was considered 'loaded,' with no optional trim levels. Power locks, windows, mirrors and driver's seat, front and rear air conditioning and leather seats were all standard. The 3.8-liter V-6 engine was made standard in the Town & Country in 1994.
1991-1996 model years: Chrysler's hot-selling minivans were freshened for the 1991 model year, and more option packages became available. Innovations included 'Quad Command' bucket seating (standard on the Town & Country beginning in 1992); integrated child safety seats (1992), available anti-lock brakes (1992), the first driver's side airbag in a minivan (1991, made standard in 1992), and the first dual front airbags (1994). This was the first minivan to meet 1998 Ú.S. federal safety standards (1994).
The 1991-1995 minivans used the AS platform, the last to be derived from the Chrysler K platform. Special '10-Year Anniversary Edition' trim packages were offered in 1994.
1996-2000 model years: Completely redesigned, the 1996 Chrysler minivans debuted in an elaborate program at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, during which Chrysler Chairman Bob Eaton and President Bob Lutz, dressed in Mr. Rogers-style cardigan sweaters, delivered the story of the new minivan from giant storybooks, then watched as one – with television character Kermit the Frog in the driver's window – soared over an artificial pond. It was Chrysler's way of giving notice that this new NS minivan would 'leapfrog' all competitors.
Spectacularly upgraded from its predecessor models, the NS was named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1996 – and appeared on the Car and Driver 'Ten Best' list for 1996 and 1997.
An industry-first driver's side sliding door proved so popular it was made standard. The manual transmission was dropped and all-wheel drive added. Base models were offered in most states with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a Mitsubishi 3.0-liter V-6. In California and several northeastern states with stringent emissions standards, a 3.3-liter engine was offered as a V-6 option between 1997 and 2000. Options added over the life of the NS included CD players, grocery-bag hooks and a rear-seat video entertainment system.
With the demise of the Plymouth brand, the Voyager was rebadged as the Chrysler Voyager after 2001, later becoming the short-wheelbase version of the Town & Country in 2004.
2001-2007 model years: The most recent generation of Chrysler minivans rode on the RS platform. Another benchmark of modern-day Chrysler engineering innovation, the Stow ‘n Go second- and third-row foldable seating system, was introduced in 2005. Power sliding doors and a power hatch, options beginning in 2001, later became standard.
Freshening the exterior, continually adding new safety features and providing additional cargo space, better entertainment systems, more cupholders, grocery hooks and other family-friendly features has kept Chrysler's minivans at the top of their segment in popularity and sales.
2008 model year: Chrysler is now positioned to again make minivan history. In addition to thoroughly updating the many successful features of their predecessors, the new Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans offer one-of-a-kind available features like Swivel ‘n Go second-row seats, which revolve to face the rear seats. A table can be placed between the second- and third-row seats, providing a convenient place for passengers to read, work or enjoy meals and games.
Both these features reflect well on Chrysler's proud heritage of innovative engineering: swivel bucket seats were standard on top-of-the-line Chrysler passenger cars in the late 1950s, and in the 1960s the Chrysler Imperial featured a 'Mobile Director' option, in which the front passenger's bucket seat swiveled 180 degrees to the rear and the center rear armrest unfolded to create a three-position conference table. The all-new 2008 minivan effectively updates these once-revolutionary ideas for the 21st Century, writing the latest chapter in Chrysler's continuing saga of industry-leading engineering.Source - Dodge
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