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 |  Nov 12 2012, 12:02 PM

Chrysler Minivans

Minivans get a bad rap. They’re some of the most functional vehicles on the road, delivering generous cargo space in a reasonably sized, relatively fuel-efficient package. There’s really nothing better for carrying people and possessions.

Unfortunately though, enthusiasts decry their function-over-form ethos. Driving them is about as exhilarating as waiting in line at the Secretary of State, but what they lack in passion they more than make up for in usability.

While arguably not the first “minivans,” the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager combo nailed the basic formula and founded a new vehicle segment in America. Introduced in 1983 as ’84 models, these two car-based haulers were destined to rack up big sales numbers.

Well in excess of 12 million have been sold worldwide since their launch and they’re still popular with customers. So far this year the Pentastar brand has moved more than 200,000 minivans in North America, making the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country two of its best-selling nameplates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kostas.kritsilas.1 Kostas Kritsilas

    The Veyron was included as one of the 10 most important cars? I don’t understand that. It is such a limited production vehicle, and the technologies used in it are nowhere near usable on any other vehicle. If you want an important sports car that has had significant influence on the cars of today, how about the Lamborghini Muira, the first mid-engined volume production car? Its influence can be seen in cars from any number of manufacturers from Ferrari (many), Audi (R8), Pontiac (Fiero), Ford (Pantera and GT40), almost all Lamborghinis since the Muira), Maserati (Bora and Merak), and on and on. The Veyron itself uses the same layout.

    Kostas

  • Urbanwheelman

    How can the title have the most obvious of spelling errors. Importat?  Tsk. Tsk.

  • Rod

    “The Bugatti Veyron is none of this…”
    Yeah, and it’s damn ugly, too.

  • Guest

    Most disappointing list ever.

  • prius04

    The $250 price you quote for the Model T has no context.   In 1927 the average weekly wage was $30 a week or so.  Thus it took about 8 weeks to afford the car.  Today the average weekly wage is about $800 so after 8 weeks you would have about $6500.  This shows it would still be quite cheap but you would have better context.

  • Calvin_guest

    Worst list of anything that Ive ever seen ever. die. die slowly.

  • Op Industries_1

    How did the Volvo 240 “brick” not make this list??

  • Mick

    To add to the Airflow’s importance, the first car Toyota ever made was basically a copy of the Chrysler: the Toyota AA.