Dodge Caravan Car Shipping
The Dodge Caravan symbolizes a lot more than just a minivan; it is a vehicle that perfectly sums up the suburban young family. This model manufactured by DaimlerChrysler, and was sold by the Chrysler Corporation until 1998. The Caravan was introduced in 1983 for the 1984 model year along with its sister model the Plymouth Voyager, which later became the Chrysler Voyager. This model along with a few others is credited with creating the entire market segment for these vehicles. The Dodge Caravan was expertly launched a few months ahead of the Renault Espace, which was the first minivan in Europe. The initial concept though was discussed much earlier and was first pitched to executives as a Talbot in 1979. It was not however launched until 1984. The Caravan missed the boat on one aspect and that was interior versatility. The Espace had interior features such as individual folding seats that could be used as tables or removed completely. This didn't seem to slow the Dodge Caravan down though, given that since their introduction, the Chrysler minivans have been the best-selling minivans in the United States. Since the beginning of production in the fall of 1983, over 11 million Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth minivans have been sold as of mid-2005. This is an amazing accomplishment for the automotive industry to have determined and created a product that obviously was in need. The Sport Utility Vehicle might be the next best thing to the minivan; however, their overall success against the minivan will not be measurable for some time. Hopefully, companies will recognize that consumers have needs that are not being filled by the current array of products, and that some innovation can really pay off the end, granted sometimes innovative ideas will fail, but when they succeed, they succeed big.