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Cargo Van reaches end of three-decade-long road

by David Zatz on

Ram has confirmed that the Cargo Van, originally named Dodge Mini Ram Van and then Caravan C/V, has finally reached the end of the road. Production started in the 1984 model year, presumably to hedge Chrysler Corporation’s bets on the untried “minivan” concept.

Originally minivans were not just based on the Plymouth Reliant “K-cars;” they used many of the same interior parts as well. A second generation in the 1991 model year dramatically raised the van’s comfort and performance.

When it was moved to Ram, the C/V officially became the Cargo Van and underwent extensive changes to make it more business-friendly, including a new cargo floor, special suspension tuning, and various capability and durability improvements. However, sales were never more than minor, and the ProMaster City has met or beaten its sales in recent months.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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