Dodge Grand Caravan
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Dodge
Model: Grand Caravan
Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan is a minivan manufactured by DaimlerChrysler and previously sold by the Chrysler Corporation until 1998. It was introduced in 1983 for the 1984 model year along with its sister model the Plymouth Voyager, which later became the Chrysler Voyager. As the first modern minivans, the Chrysler Company minivans are credited with creating the entire market segment for these vehicles, which is obviously a great accomplishment when the market saturation of the model is considered. The Dodge Grand Caravan was launched a few months ahead of the Renault Espace, which was the first minivan in Europe. The idea however was first pitched to executives as a Talbot in 1979, but thankfully for Dodge, was not launched until 1984. This then sealed the deal making the Dodge Caravans the first of their kind. Nevertheless, the Espace did have one foot up on the Grand Caravan and that being that it offered interior versatility. This included individual folding seats that could be used as tables or could even be removed completely. Of course Dodge caught up and began offering such features a few years later. Since their introduction, the Dodge 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 number of minivans is really not comprehensible without taking a moment to consider what that really means. 11 million minivans are roaming around toting boy scouts and girl scouts troops all over Middle America. This became the car for families given the interior space and versatility of the model. This is truly a remarkable design and it doesn't seem that anything more revolutionary will surface for some time to come. Nevertheless, consumers will always be keeping their eyes out for the next best thing.

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