The caravan has its roots in history as a group of people travelling together. Deserts and the Silk Road were popular paths for caravans to travel, as moving in a group often provided defense against bandits and the elements. Many a caravan found its way across North America, most recently in the hit computer game Oregon Trail (many also died of dysentery on the way). But the Grand Caravan—well, that’s a different story entirely. So, gather ‘round the warming glow of the computer screen, and read about the history of the Dodge Grand Caravan.
The First Minivan
The Grand Caravan, originally known as the Caravan, was the brainchild of Lee Iacocca, the renowned automotive man who developed the Ford Mustang, and “The 18th-Greatest American CEO of All Time,” according to Portfolio. In 1974, while at Ford, he came up with the idea of the ‘minivan’—the perfect vehicle for transporting your family and cargo—but Henry Ford II turned him down. Later, at the Chrysler Corporation, Lee was able to develop his minivan concept further. His idea went from the “T-115 minivan” and quickly turned into the Caravan. Utilizing the speedy production practices, and high quality Chrysler was known for, they soon took top position in a young but growing segment—and haven’t let go since.
What’s In A Name?
While it was still named the Caravan in the ‘80s, it was Grand in everything but name. But, like a master criminal, it was known by a variety of aliases (depending on the market it was sold in). The Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Voyager, Chrysler Town & Country, Grand Voyager, Lancia Voyager, and Volkswagen Routan were all essentially the same vehicle. As the ‘80s closed out, and grunge music began its triumphant rise, the Chrysler Corporation decided to move forward with a more singular, grandiose focus, and the Dodge Grand Caravan became the official name of the greatest minivan of all time.
If you’re interested in owning the greatest minivan to have ever graced roads all across the world, then swing by Southtown Chrysler. We’ll gladly accept your trade-ins, because a Porsche doesn’t handle baby seats like a Grand Caravan does.