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2013 Chrysler Town & Country – Understated Elegance

While there are many options for those looking for the ultimate family hauler, there is one that stands out: the Chrysler Town & Country. This minivan features a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine coupled with the AutoStick six-speed transmission, delivering Best-in-Class 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque with fuel economy ratings of 17 city / 25 highway mpg. It’s extremely refined engine features a compact, lightweight design with dual-overhead camshafts, high-flow intake and exhaust ports, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control with integrated speed control. The Chrysler Town & Country features a MacPherson strut front suspension and twist-beam rear axle with coil springs. It provides highly responsive handling and a very smooth ride with improved stability. And when you drive with a fully packed vehicle, the available load-leveling / height-control suspension adjusts the ride height, distributing the weight of passengers and cargo evenly for optimum control to help give you a safe, secure and more comfortable ride.

The cabin is a big deal for anyone who is in search of the perfect family vehicle. For those that have busy lives that are constantly on the go, having a minivan that will fit their lifestyle is key. We recently swung by Arrigo DCJ, a South Florida car dealer, to check out the inside of a 2013 Town & Country model. Seats are a big deal in a minivan, and there is one feature that the Town & Country offers – Stow ‘n Go Seats. We can see why these would be the deal breaker in selecting a minivan. The one-touch fold and tumble second- and third-row seats fold into floor bins individually — so you can go from seven seats to two, or any combination in between. When the seats are in the upright position, in-floor bins give you best-in-class concealed storage space. Furthermore, the third-row seat has a class-exclusive tailgate feature, for added convenience.

2013 Town and Country Mini Van

 

Diffused LED lighting fills the interior, casting a soft sapphire blue glow and creating a sophisticated interior environment. Clear, bright LED pinpoint reading lamps above all three rows can be positioned individually by each passenger, and since they provide such highly directed light, they can illuminate each passenger seating area without causing windshield glare for the driver. To keep the kids occupied on long road trips the Chrysler Town & Country offers second- and third-row 9-inch drop-down DVD screens with the available rear-seat dual DVD entertainment system. And with two DVD players, complete with a power outlet and A/V jacks for your home gaming system, the kids don’t even have to agree. One look at the interior of this minivan you know it is built with for the busy family, so if you are in the market for a minivan, the 2013 Town & Country should not be overlooked.

The Birth of A New Kind of Vehicle

If one were to document the most significant cars in the history of the automotive business, near the top would be the Chrysler minivan. Although it may seem incomprehensible to those who are younger than 40, there was a time that minivans didn’t exist. Before the 1980s, there were standard sedans (and station wagons) being produced for general transportation and “Cargo vans” if you wanted to carry a lot of people and gear. The idea of a smaller “car-like van” simply hadn’t hit the whiteboard (blackboard?) yet?

1984 Dodge Caravan

The idea for a vehicle that combined the two, the concept of a passenger car with that of a cargo van, can be identified with Chrysler Corporation, and during one darkest times too. In the late 1970s, decades of haphazard product quality, design miscues and poor leadership had left Chrysler Corporation close to death. Sales were terrible and the company was running out of cash. The board of directors of Chrysler desperately needed a savior and asked the legendary Lee Iacocca to take over the helm of the company. Fortunately, he accepted. Luckily for Chrysler and Iacocca they had just finished the design of their new front wheel K car models; the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. Although the company was in financial trouble, a great deal of R&D on their new front wheel drive systems had already been finished and the company simply needed cash flow to get these new models into production. Iaccocca did obtain financing and he did so in partnership with the US government.

2013 Chrysler Van

But Iaccoca knew they needed more than just these models to make Chrysler truly healthy again. They needed something special. Working with his design engineers, Iacocca supported the idea of “car-like van” but knew there was no budget, or time, for a new powertrain for this vehicle. The only option was to use their existing front-wheel drive K-car powertrain technology and adapt it to this new car. Many Chrysler executive and analysts did not think this was a good idea at the time.

But it turned out it was. A front wheel drive minivan offers lots of interior room because there is no driveshaft. It offers superior gas mileage and it can be built cheaper than heavy duty vans can. And minivans can carry a lot of people. Chrysler went into full production in 1985.

The results of this were spectacular. During its first year of sales, Chrysler sold a stunning 209,895 minivans under the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager brand names. The entire automobile industry quickly took notice. Soon thereafter, General motors responded with scaled down conventional vans, the Astro and GMC Safari, and Ford countered with the Aerostar. Both of these vans we based on rear wheel drive truck components and did not offer the advantages of the Chrysler minivans. They failed to capture anyway near the sales of the Chrysler vehicles.

2013 Dodge Caravan Interior

Today almost every manufacturer has a mini-van to offer but none can say they have been building them as long as Chrysler has. After all, Chrysler invented the concept and has continuously improved it. If you live in the Chicago area, visit Feeny Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Elgin to see what 30 years of being in the minivan business has produced. The 2013 Chrysler Town and Country is simply one of the finest there is.

Chrysler Offering Vehicle Apps

Chrysler has started offering vehicle apps in place of manuals for new car buyers. Although it’s not as nice as getting a brand new iPad with new car purchase, it is a step in the right direction for replacing the bulky books that accompany new cars.  Yet another way to look at this technological advance is that it saves the manufacturer money, but costs the consumer in the long run.

To find the value of car manuals one needs to only look so far as the collector car market.  Antique cars, old muscle cars, and any other collector car becomes more valuable if the original books and information are sold with the car.  Even on their own, many manuals for antique cars go for a pretty penny on places like eBay, mainly purchased to ‘complete’ their restoration.

We all know the real reason Chrysler is including an app with each car purchase is because it saves them the money on printing all those books.  It does however allow them to be more thorough, include finer details, and even examples in an electronic format that wouldn’t be possible with traditional print on paper.

The vehicle brands that will be affected first will be Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat, which already include a DVD at purchase time.  Not only has Chrysler taken the big step going electronic with manuals, they are also pushing FloTV, the first mobile television subscription.  Also, new Chrysler vehicles have the option of buying technology that turns their vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot.  Going electronic with a vehicle manual app is the next logical step.  But what will we be selling on eBay in the future when collectors start restoring that 2011 4-Door Jeep Wrangler?

Daimler and Nissan Smart Car Deal

Daimler has been in the business of trying to seduce big foreign companies into being a partner in the next Smart Car production model.  However, it looks as though previous efforts have fallen on deaf ears, since BMW, Peugeot, and Citroen have all turned Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche down on his pitch.  Maybe not first choice, but Nissan has agreed to work with Daimler to produce the 2014 Smart Car.

Nothing major is changing with the tiny Smart Car, which will retain it’s rear engine-rear wheel drive setup.  Also, being a Smart Car means that it’s cabin space is slightly larger than a coffin.  Hell, I’d be scared to drive this thing to fast on a golf course, let alone down the freeway.

Smart Car

Important Chrysler Brake Recall

Chrysler Recall

There are a lot of recalls that float around through out the year, but generally consist of non-lethal issues.  However, when it comes to brakes, it’s worth making an announcement about here on the blog.  Chrysler has announced a recall on over 24k vehicles, because of a defective part in the braking mechanism.  If not fixed the part could cause an immediate failure in the braking ability of the vehicle, obviously resulting in a crash.

The majority of Chrysler vehicles effected by the brake recall are Dodge Ram pickups, made from 2009-2010.  Also included in the recall are some Nitros, Avengers, Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Liberty, Commander, and Grand Cherokee.  If you ignore most recalls because of how insignificant they seem, don’t wait around on this one.  Get to your local dealer ASAP, for the sake of yourself and those that you share the road with.

For recall information please contact Chrysler via phone or email.