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A Look Back at the Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near St. Louis

It is nice to every once and a while take a look back at the history of a given vehicle. Today we want to look back at the Dodge Grand Caravan that is available at All Star Dodge near St. Louis.

Introduced in November 1983 for the 1984 model year, the first minivan of all time, the Dodge Caravan was based on the Chrysler S platform, an extended derivative of the Chrysler K platform. For the 1987 model year, a longer wheelbase was introduced, which was called the Grand Caravan. It was still based on the Chrysler S platform.

Since the beginning of production in the fall of 1983, over 11 million Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth minivans have been sold.

1984-1990

The first generation Caravans used the Chrysler S platform, which was closely related to the K-cars (Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries. There were three trim levels on the first generation Caravan: base, mainstream SE and upscale LE. The Caravan was on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1985. Both a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and a five-speed manual were available with the four-cylinder engines, including the turbocharged 2.5 L (this was a rare combination). A cargo version of the Caravan, called the Mini Ram Van, was also introduced in 1984. It was renamed as the Caravan C/V for 1989, and was discontinued after 1995.

1991-1995

The 1991 through 1995 the Caravan used the Chrysler AS platform. These were the last minivans that were derived from the Chrysler K platform.

1996-2000

The 1996 redesign used the Chrysler NS platform and included a driver’s side sliding door, a first for Chrysler. All wheel drive was reintroduced in 1997. The Caravan was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 1996. The Caravan was also on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1996 and 1997. (This information was compiled from dodge-caravan.net and dodge.com.)

You can get the latest model of the Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star today!

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