Background and Identification
First introduced in 1983, the Dodge Caravan, also known as the Dodge Grand Caravan (later introduced in 1987), is a series of minivans produced by Chrysler Corporation. The Caravan was intended to be the Dodge version of the Chrysler minivan and was introduced at the same time as the Plymouth Voyager.
The Caravan was largely advertised and marketed in the United States and Canada. Although the Caravan was also marketed in Europe and other international markets, it was marketed as the Chrysler Voyager and Chrysler Caravan.
During its lifetime, the Caravan has been rebranded and sold by other car brands. For example, from 2009 to 2014, Volkswagen sold a remarketed version of the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Volkswagen Routan. Also, Ram Trucks advertised a version of the Caravan as the Ram C/V Tradesman from 2012 to 2015.
Since the introduction of the Dodge Caravan in late 1983, over 14.6 million Chrysler minivans (including the rebranded and international versions) have been sold worldwide. In 2020, after five generations and 36 model year runs, the Dodge Caravan was retired and replaced by the sixth generation of the Chrysler Voyager. The production of the Dodge Caravan officially ended on August 21, 2020.