Editor's note: This report has been updated with the correct price of the base Chrysler Pacifica.
Dodge may be the spiritual home of the Hellcat, but it's the brand's ancient minivan that's turning out to have nine lives.
Fiat Chrysler dealers were warned this month to stock up on the Dodge Grand Caravan because production will go on a hiatus in mid-August and won't resume until December when 2018 model output begins.
Dealers were told they will need to order enough 2017 Grand Caravans this month "to last through December" because ordering for the 2018 model won't open until October and new minivans won't arrive until January.
Dealers also were told that only the two lowest-trim — and lowest cost — versions of the Grand Caravan will be available through August: the $27,090 SE and the $29,790 SE Plus. Prices include shipping.
The reason for the Grand Caravan's extended production break is unclear. Two FCA spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment on the hiatus or whether the vehicle would be significantly altered when it returns as a 2018 model. Officials with Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers at FCA's Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario, could not be reached for comment.