2008 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan

Once again Chrysler raises the bar with the all-new Chrysler Town & Country with new and improved features that make it the best vehicle to transport families and friends in class and comfort. Designed to make life much more convenient and comfortable, no other minivan offers a very clever combination of functionality, craftsmanship and luxury features.

The newest ingredient for functional family seating is the all-new Swivel ’n Go™ seating system (soon to be available on the Limited Edition). Swivel ’n Go offers second-row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third-row with a removable table that installs between the two rows, covered storage bins in the floor of the second-row, third-row uncovered storage and fold-in-the-floor third-row seating.

“Chrysler engineers turned the tables on traditional seat systems to come up with a technology that lets families have more choices of how to spend their time while traveling,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-wheel-drive Product Team. “With Swivel ’n Go, second- and third-row passengers can face each other to have a conversation, play games or have a meal on the go.”

The industry-exclusive Stow ’n Go® seating and storage system, the only minivan seat system to offer both second- and third-row seats that fold into the floor, is still part of the Town & Country recipe for success. For 2008, both seating systems offer a minivan-first one-touch power folding third-row seat.

“WHAT’S NEW FOR 2008”
Exterior:
• All-new exterior design and sheet metal
• More contemporary styling highlights elegant exterior design with clean, tailored lines
• Wider, solid, stable stance on the road
• Wider DayLight Opening (DLO) increases head and shoulder room
• Better aerodynamics
• Distinctive “face of Chrysler” front end and grille that features the Chrysler winged badge
• Quad headlamps
• Chrome accents including the belt molding, mirror cap, light bar and door handles
• Unique Chrysler hood, front fascia, grille, rear fascia and tail lamps
• Three new colors: Clearwater Blue Pearl Coat, Deep Crimson Crystal Metallic and Light Sandstone Metallic

Interior:
• Swivel ‘n Go seating system (Limited Edition)
• Three distinct seating and storage systems (Swivel ’n Go, Stow ’n Go fold-in-the-floor seats)
• Removable sliding front console, slides rearward 21 inches to second-row passengers
• Standard front console with removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders
• Dual glove boxes (largest in the segment)
• Thirteen cup and bottle holders, including new bottle holders molded into the passenger sliding doors
• Mesh storage pockets on second-row quad seats
• Improved overhead console with integrated storage compartments
• Single DVD entertainment system that can play different media at the same time (Limited Edition)
• MyGIG Multimedia Entertainment System (Limited Edition)
• Premium audio system with nine speakers and subwoofer
• 12-volt DC Front & Rear Power Outlets
• One-touch power third-row folding seat 9(Limited Edition)
• Second-row power windows
• First- and second-row heated seats
• Ambient, halo lighting
• Moveable, LED pinpoint lights
• Removable flashlight in rear cargo area
• Eight-way power passenger seat (Limited Edition)
• Power liftgate switch located in rear quarter trim
• B-pillar grab handles
• Unique Chrysler instrument panel
Powertrain/Chassis:
• Six-speed AT w/ autostick available with 3.8-liter V-6 engines
• Standard 16- inch wheels on Touring, Limited 17-inch wheels
• Improved aerodynamics
• Improved ride and handling, reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
• Two-inch longer wheelbase over previous model
Safety and Security:
• Standard all-row supplemental side curtain air bags with added rollover protection
• Standard Supplemental Front Seat Side Airbags
• Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and Brake Assist
• Rearview interior conversation mirror with sunglass holder
• ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera
• High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
• Three-point lap and shoulder belts for all seating positions with automatic locking retractors
• Four LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) positions
• Signal mirrors
• FOB key

DESIGN

The new Chrysler Town & Country exterior design starts with clean, tailored lines that create better aerodynamics and a solid stance on the road. With cues from the Chrysler 300C, like a similar body-to-glass proportion, simple wheel flares, sleeker pillars, chrome accents and detailed ornamentation, the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country is at home at the country club or the hockey arena.

Unique exterior design cues include a distinctive front end with the “face of Chrysler” grille featuring the Chrysler winged badge, quad headlamps and clean, tailored lines. Chrome accents that include the belt molding, mirror cap, light bar and door handles make the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country a noticeable member of the Chrysler family.

A contemporary interior is created with a combination of satin finishes and Elm Burl or Medrona Burl wood and leather interior trim. The unique Chrysler instrument panel includes an analog clock and is accented by tailored lines and rich trim.

The comforts of a well-appointed home are incorporated into the interior design of the vehicle to make time spent traveling time well-spent for families. Detail is driven into every facet of the Chrysler Town & Country, from the analog clock in the dash to the detail along the D-pillar.

ENGINEERING

A 3.8-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed transmission that produces 193hp at 5000 rpm (314 N•m) of torque at 4000 rpm rounds out the powertrain line up.

The six-speed transaxle’s higher numerical first gear launches the new 2008 minivan more briskly than a four- or five-speed transaxle. It also provides smaller steps between ratios, which means the engine speed changes less with each shift and makes the shifts feelsmoother and engages a more appropriate ratio for any driving situation.

Aerodynamic improvements have reduced wind noise, while high-strength and hot-stamped steel and improved structural body stiffness have reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) on the new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country. Additional acoustic treatments also have improved interior quietness. The new twist-beam rear axle with coil springs and new front-wheel-drive suspension architecture provide improved stability and ride comfort, and prevent road noise and transmission harshness from entering the passenger compartment.

A family-friendly interior full of innovation complements the new powertrains. Chrysler engineers developed three distinct seating systems for the new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country minivan. The industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, the new Swivel ‘n Go seat system (both available with a minivan-first one-touch power folding third-row seat) and bench seating in both the second- and third-row.

Entertainment options are unmatched by competitors. With a minivan-first dual DVD system that can play different media at the same time, MyGIGâ„¢ Multimedia Entertainment System (Limited Edition only) that includes real-time traffic and navigation, a USB port, a 20 gigabyte hard drive with six gigabytes of music storage that can store approximately 1,200 songs and a jukebox that offers a customizable play list and dual A/V jacks with an inverter and 115v power outlet in the second-row, there is something to keep everyone entertained while traveling.

An ambient halo light package, second-row power windows, second- and third-row sunshades, remote start, a removable, rechargeable flashlight in the rear cargo area and a new D-pillar-mounted power liftgate button are some of the family-friendly innovations found in the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
• The all-new Chrysler Town & Country again raises the bar for the minivan segment. No other minivan in the marketplace offers the combination of functionality, flexibility and clever features available on the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country family of minivans
• More than 35 new or improved features that continue the Chrysler’s tradition of minivan innovation and leadership

    o With all-new exterior and interior designs, three different seating and storage options, new, more powerful drivetrain options and clever interior features, the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country has evolved to become a “family room on wheels” – a vehicle that offers the ultimate flexibility and utility for active lifestyles

• With the new Swivel ’n Go seating and storage system (Limited Edition only), Chrysler’s minivans are the only minivans in the market to offer three distinct seating and storage systems

    o Swivel ’n Go seating system is a new, unique seating and storage system that offers the storage bins of the Stow ’n Go seating and storage system combined with second-row quad chairs that can rotate 180 degrees to face forward or rearward, along with a table that installs between the second- and third-row seats (and stows in the second-row storage bins when not in use). The flexibility of the seat system allows for a variety of configurations, including conversational seating without the table and just about any use with a table, from homework, to game playing, to meals on the go, to a home office on wheels
    o The Stow ’n Go seating and storage system is still an industry-exclusive available only on the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country. They remain the only minivans to offer fold-in-the-floor second-row seating without the need to remove the seats, and fold-in-the-floor third-row seats
    o A second-row bench seat with second-row storage bins and third-row fold-in-the floor seating also is available on the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country

• The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country is a “family room on wheels” because of its fun features, practical comforts and pleasant driving experience

    o Fun features like the Swivel ’n Go seating and storage system, a dual DVD system that can play different media at the same time, MyGIG Multimedia Entertainment System with available surround sound, LED pinpoint reading lamps, ambient halo lighting, a removable, sliding center console and removable flashlight in the tailgate give more options to families on the go
    o Practical comfort features like the Stow ’n Go seating and storage system, heated first- and second-row cloth or leather seats, remote start, second- and third-row sunshades, personalized navigation backgrounds, YES Essentials stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static fabric, an umbrella holder next to the driver’s seat, removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders, second-row power windows and third-row power folding seat provide the comforts of home while on the road

• Safety continues to be paramount in the design of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan. All-row side supplemental curtain air bags and an Electronic Stability Program are among the standard safety features on the 2008 Chrysler minivans. With innovations like a patented, energy-absorbing steering column, driver and passenger knee blocker, integrated child safety seats, LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children) a rearview interior conversation mirror, available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System and ParkView Rear Back-up Camera, the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country ensures peace of mind when traveling

MODEL LINEUP
Chrysler Town & Country Touring
Chrysler Town & Country Limited

SAFETY AND SECURITY
Please refer to the safety glossary for descriptions of the following available features:
• Standard Supplemental All-row Side Air Bag Integrated Curtains (SABIC)
• Electronic Stability Program with Traction Control and Brake Assist
• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• Three-point Lap and Shoulder Belts for All Seating Positions with Automatic Locking Retractors
• Pre-tensioning and Load-limiting Retractors for Front Seat Driver and Passenger
• Advanced, Multistage Driver and Top-mounted Front Passenger Low-risk Deployment Air Bag
• Knee Blocker, Driver and Front Passenger
• Patented Energy-absorbing Steering Column
• Occupant Restraint Controller with Rollover Sensor (will Deploy SABIC in the Event of a Rollover)
• Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
• LATCH (Two in the Intermediate Row and Two in the Third-row Bench Seat)
• FOB Integrated Key
• Remote Start
• ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
• ParkView Rear Back-up Camera
• Power Adjustable Pedals
• Remote Keyless Illuminated Entry with Sentry Key® Engine Immobilization Theft Deterrent System
• Power Sliding Passenger Doors
• Power Liftgate
• DoorAlert
• BeltAlert
• Brake/Park Interlock
• Power, Heated, Fold-away Mirrors
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System
• Signal Mirrors

COLOR AVAILABILITY
• Inferno Red Crystal Pearlcoat
• Modern Blue Pearlcoat
• Bright Silver Metallic
• Brilliant Black Pearlcoat
• Stone White
• Deep Crimson Crystal (New)
• Light Sandstone Metallic (New)
• Clearwater Blue (New)

MARKET POSITION
The minivan segment is a substantial part of the new-vehicle market that is expected to stay steady or slightly increase in the foreseeable future. Averaging 1.1 million minivans sold since 1993, roughly one of every 15 vehicles sold in the United States today is a minivan.

As the originator of the luxury minivan, Chrysler has offered families a minivan with upscale and luxury amenities for 18 years. The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country offers contemporary, tailored styling, abundant standard safety features, unmatched innovation, flexibility and purposeful technology in an elegant package that doesn’t sacrifice value performance.

“The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country minivan lets customers share the good life with family and friends,” said David Rooney, Director – Chrysler Brand. “Luxury amenities, elegant style and unmatched flexibility make this minivan the best choice for customers who don’t want to compromise style or their active lifestyle.”

MARKET ADVANTAGES
Unmatched Interior Flexibility
Only minivan to offer three distinct seating and storage systems including the industry exclusive Stow ‘n Go Seating and Storage System and the all-new Swivel ‘n Go seat system
Unexpected Entertainment and Convenience
• Single DVD entertainment system that can play different media at the same time, a minivan first
• MyGIG Multimedia Entertainment System with 20 GB hard drive
• Premium center console with multiple storage options and slides rearward up to 21 inches
Luxurious Ambiance
• Premium amenities, well-appointed interior, personalized space for all passengers
• Ambient halo lighting with pinpoint LED reading lamps, heated cloth or leather first- and second-row seats, power second-row windows and one-touch power-folding third-row seat

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