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The minivan story actually began at Ford in 1971. Hal Sperlich, then vice president of Ford#39;s Truck Operations, was obsessed with creating a small van that would fit in the typical garage. One version, the Carousel, cut the height and length of an Econoline, but had more car-like styling. The other, dubbed MiniMax had front-drive, a flat floor, and was smaller still.

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The minivan story actually began at Ford in 1971.

Hal Sperlich, then vice president of Ford#39;s Truck Operations, was obsessed with creating a small van that would fit in the typical garage. One version, the Carousel, cut the height and length of an Econoline, but had more car-like styling. The other, dubbed MiniMax had front-drive, a flat floor, and was smaller still.

The recession of 1973-1974 killed the Carousel, while the $2 billion price tag for the coming 1981 Escort caused Henry Ford II to cancel a unique front-drive replacement for the Fairmont and with it a revised MiniMax. Soon thereafter, Sperlich left Ford for Chrysler where he discovered engineers at work on a minivan program eerily similar to the one Ford just cancelled.

Lee Iacocca joined Sperlich at Chrysler in 1978, and together they championed the $700 million T115 minivan project. The resulting Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager launched in November 1983 with a 2.2-liter Chrysler four-cylinder and a slightly larger 2.6-liter four from Mitsubishi. Midway through the first generation#39;s six-year lifecycle, a Chrysler 2.5-liter turbo briefly was offered as an option, while the non-turbo version replaced the 2.2-liter engine.

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The minivans were packaging marvels that stretched the K car#39;s wheelbase one foot (to 112-in.), but had a shorter overall length. Long wheelbase versions, the Grand Caravan and Grand Voyager, debuted in 1987 and added seven inches to the wheelbase and seven inches to the rear overhang. The Chrysler Town Country was added in 1990, and only built on the long wheelbase platform.

As a Chrysler, it featured all the bells and whistles, including standard leather seating, power everything, and an Infinity sound system. It also came with a choice of 3.0-liter or 3.3-liter V6 engines that were shared with its Dodge and Plymouth brothers. One year later, Chrysler launched the second generation minivans, the last to be based on the K car platform, but the first to offer anti-lock brakes, optional all-wheel-drive, and front airbags.

The third generation debuted in 1996, and replaced the previous generations#39; boxy styling with a sleek aerodynamic shape, a standard Neon-based 2.4-liter four-cylinder, three V6s (3.0-, 3.3-, and 3.8-liter), and twin sliding rear side doors. Wheelbase grew by an inch in both short-and long-wheelbase form, while width increased 4.8-in. The package was so right that the fourth generation kept the same wheelbases, but were slightly wider and taller when they launched in 2001.

Other upgrades included offering a power-operated hatch and sliding doors, dropping the 3.0-liter V6 was dropped, shifting the Voyager over to Chrysler, and in 2005 adding Stow-and-Go seats that folded into the floor.

The fifth generation launched in the 2008 model year, and brought with it a more upright and boxy shape that met more stringent side impact standards and greatly increased passenger room and cargo capacity. Only one wheelbase, 121.2-in. is offered, and the models pared to just the Chrysler Town Country and Dodge Grand Caravan. Stow-and-Go or Swivel-and-Go seating options are offered on the Chrysler and Dodge, but not on the mechanically similar VW Routan Chrysler builds for Volkswagen.

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