The new platform developed for the Chrysler Pacifica (codenamed CS) could be the architecture for the next generation of minivans, Chrysler Group officials tell WAW. The CS platform has the right architecture for the long-term requirements to meet new 2008 federal standards such as offset crash testing and emissions and could be used for next-gen baby haulers, a Chrysler official says.

Accomodating sliding doors and “pass through” to the third row of seating are the biggest hurdles. Meanwhile DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. officials confirmed Pacifica production begins in the Windsor, Ont., minivan plant in January 2003 as an '04 model — later than planned due to problems moving a door line to install new tooling. Only 5% of Pacifica's parts are common to DC's current minivans.