The Minivan's Rise and Fall

Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan and Dodge Mini Ram Van were all big sellers for Chrysler. The rest of the industry had no choice but to follow suit.

Pedantic types will note that the Stout Scarab and DKW Schnellaster came before and after World War II, respectively, as well as the Volkswagen Van

Toward the end of the 1970s, Chrysler started developing a compact family van. As with the earlier A100 van, this proposal never went beyond drawings and models.

The Volkswagen Microbus had a higher roof, while the Carousel's was lower, by 3.9 inches. An engine from the Lincoln Continental was chosen for its power.

An broad utilisation of the K-platform was seen throughout the whole product line. Many components were interchangeable, which saved money and reduced the number of parts required. 

In the sake of full disclosure, the Renault Espace was introduced only a few months after the Chrysler. Fergus Pollock, a Chrysler UK designer, came up with the idea in the 1970s.

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