Chrysler's minivans turn 30

Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country to offer 30th Anniversary Editions

Published: September 6, 2013, 11:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:03 PM

For many of us, it may seem that minivans have been around forever. But it was just 30 years ago this fall that Chrysler introduced the original "people movers," which quickly replaced the then-ubiquitous station wagon as the default family vehicle and ultimately drove it to near extinction.

The very first Chrysler minivan drove off the Windsor Assembly line on November 2, 1983. Since that introduction, more than 13 million Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans have been sold – twice as many as minivans as any other manufacturer over that period.

Despite multiple attempts to dethrone them, they remain the best-selling minivans in the country, accounting for almost six of every ten minivans sold. In fact, the Grand Caravan is still the fifth-best-selling vehicle of any type in Canada, outsold only by the Ford F-150, Ram, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.

As well as being the creator of the minivan, Chrysler claims to have been the first with 78 separate minivan innovations, among the most significant of which is the company's still-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating system.

Chrysler is celebrating its three-decade milestone with new 30th Anniversary Editions of its made-in-Canada 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country that will feature unique content, such as commemorative badging, special paint and black interior trim.