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Chrysler minivan firsts

Main Minivan Page | 2005 minivan enhancements

Chrysler invented the minivan in both the US and France. As Richard Moss wrote, Chrysler Europe and Matra developed a minivan together; just as it was ready to go into production, Chrysler sold its subsidiary to Peugeot-Citroen. Matra modified the design to fit the Renault 21 drivetrain...resulting in a calendar-year 1983 introduction and Europe's most popular minivan. The American Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan were also introduced in 1983 and were America's most popular minivan, when Dodge and Plymouth (later, Dodge and Chrysler) are combined, through at least 2016.

1984 Plymouth Voyager

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