The Grand Caravan Legacy

The Grand Caravan Legacy

 

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.

 

 


16 Comments

  • Mopar Madness
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    The caravan saved Chrysler and stared a new
    catagory of autos

  • Mopar Fanatic
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Awesome vans, have stood the test of time. On my third one with this new generation. My favorite being the 2001 GC Sport.

  • SUBLIME
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Yes, the generation before the current throwback box on wheels that is at the dealers looked so much better. We had a 2001 Chrysler Voyager and it looked so much better. Gee whiz, I wonder why the Honda and Toyota minivans are selling so much better or at least as well. Lets see some curves and a cool looking design. Clean up some of the lines that they had as a show car (minivan)last year at the auto shows and you will be fine. Something a little more futuristic instead of the current Saltine cracker box.

  • LRoach
    Posted April 6, 2014 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Yes, I owned a 1988, a 1995 and a 2005 Caravan … each of them was much better than the 2014
    Grand Caravan that I now have ….. The 2014 has low rideabilty (hard riding), hard seats (inadequate third seat), a fat steering wheel … a disappointment after 25 years of having the
    car “of my dreams.” Purchased the 2014 because it’s the only minivan with “stow-away seats” and
    sliding doors. But I sure miss the Dodge Caravan of yore !!

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