It's not often an automaker has the opportunity to create an entirely new segment. Chrysler did it 25 years ago when they launched the Dodge Caravan. The engineers at Chrysler created a FWD-platformed vehicle offering wagon-like space, van-like utility and car-like fuel economy in a package fitting in the standard garage. Though the original designs go back as far as the 1970s, the leadership of design chief Hal Sperlich and the courage of CEO Lee Iacocca provided the energy to bring the final product to market. Though there are earlier models with similar characteristics, the minivan is, like Jazz, a uniquely American creation eventually co-opted by Europeans (and the Japanese, but our analogy fails us here). In order to celebrate 25th anniversary of the minivan, today shall be known as Maximum Minivan Day. Sound the alarm, take the kids out of school and hold on to your swiveling captain's chairs! Let the maximuming begin... [For more history of the minivan check out the Allpar history]
Minivans are awful. They are bought by idiots who have nothing to live for besides keeping their boring children alive long enough to be able survive on their own. They are built by idiots who got demoted for forgetting to put the door on a sports car. They are designed by people who get excited over getting to places on time. And, worst of all, they started life in a corporate committee- a compromise to the highest degree.
I love you Jalopnik, but I will not take part in your minivan day.