When the Dodge Caravan was introduced for 1984, it wasn’t just a new vehicle. It was a whole new kind of vehicle.
First previewed in the spring of 1983, the Caravan, along with its Chrysler Corporation stablemates, the Plymouth Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country, introduced America to the minivan. In a bold national marketing campaign, Dodge called the Caravan “a transportation revolution.”
Starting with the popular K-car sedan platform with its rugged 2.2-liter engine and front-wheel drive, designers threw away the styling rulebook and expanded the body’s dimensions right out to the boundaries of the vehicle’s footprint. The result was essentially a big, roomy box on wheels, utilizing maximum form efficiency—small on the outside, huge on the inside. Large side and rear doors (above) provided full access to the useful space.
The free-thinking design allowed far more interior volume and functionality than a traditional station wagon but the manueverability and economy of a compact sedan. The minvan was a smash hit, needless to say, and a new category was born as all the automakers rushed to bring their own copycat vehicles to market.
In 1987 a longer-wheelbase version of the Caravan was introduced, known as the Grand Caravan, and the two versions, Caravan and Grand Caravan, were marketed side-by-side through 2007. Today, all vehicles wear the Grand Caravan nameplate and ride on the same 121.2-inch wheelbase. Now in its fifth design generation, the Grand Caravan continues to lead the industry with features like Super Stow ‘n Go® seating, the world-class Pentastar V6 engine, and an exclusive Blu-rayTM DVD system with second- and third-row screens. To make your own Grand Caravan history, go to Dodge.com.