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In Pictures: A history of the once-popular minivan

Love them or hate them, the minivan is a useful vehicle. After hitting their sales peak in 2000, they were replaced by SUVs by many families, despite being less practical than the boxy van

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Lee Iacocca introduces the first minivan: The company's new breed of 'garageable' 1984 front-wheel drive family wagons and vans - the Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan and Dodge Mini Ram Van. He predicted that the Voyager and the Caravan would be to the 80s what the Mustang was to the 60s - vehicles that force other manufacturers to come up with copycat versions.


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1984 Dodge Caravan


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1984 Dodge Caravan - the first generation minivan joined the Smithsonian Collection "America on the Move."


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1985 Dodge Mini Ram Van


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The Chevrolet Venture was one of five new minvans introduced by General Moters to compete with Chrysler and Ford's models.


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Toyota introduced the 1991 Previa in North America, winning a 'best new van/wagon' award from the Automotive Journalists of Canada


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1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Multiwagon


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1995 Honda Odyssey EX - the first generation of Honda's full-size minivan in North America.


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Exterior view of the Chrysler Pacifica Minivan concept vehicle unveiled on Thursday, October 29, 1998, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Minivan.


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Minivan king takes another giant leap for vankind, reads the company’s caption for this photo of its 2001 minivan launch in Detroit. James P. Holden, then-President of DaimlerChrysler, is flanked by all-new versions of the minivans during their world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Pictured: 2001 Dodge Caravan (left) and 2001 Chrysler Town & Country.


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2001 Chrysler Minivan with a power liftgate. (Note subtle message on the package in the grocery bag)


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2010 Chrysler minivans came with optional tables and storage bins...


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...and tent kits.


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2007 Chrysler Grand Voyager with the first-generation minivan (outside North America)


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Four generations of the Volkswagen bus


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Workers install speakers in a Chrysler minivan in 2011 at the company's Windsor, ON factory.


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2012 Toyota Sienna LE V6


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2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite


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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. Chrysler announced today it will cancel this vehicle in the U.S.


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