AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 7 (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler said Monday prices for
its new 2001 minivans will be the same as the 2000 models after adjustments for
extra content that will be included on the new vans.


Prices will range from below $20,000 for standard-wheelbase models to $38,000
for well-equiped Chrysler Town & Country versions. Destination charge is $615.
The minivans are fourth generation products from Chrysler, which created the
segment in the early 1980s, but has seen its market share come under increasing
pressure.


Shipping begins Monday for the mid-level, premium and top-end versions of its
the new extended-wheelbase 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country
minivans.


Production of standard-wheelbase minivans including Chrysler Voyager, Chrysler
Voyager LX, Dodge Caravan SE, and Dodge Caravan Sport begins in October. The
German-American automaker, the world's No. 5 largest, is no longer making
Plymouth models of the minivans.


The price for an extended-wheelbase Dodge Grand Caravan Sport starts at $24,890,
including delivery fee. The Dodge Grand Caravan ES starts at $29,725. Price for
a Chrysler Town & Country LX starts at $25,045. A Chrysler Town & Country LXi
starts at $29,790. The Chrysler Town & Country Limited starts at $35,465.


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