22. Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Caravan
In the late ‘70s and the early ‘80s, the Chrysler Corporation was practically done. Poor sales and a lack of new models pushed them to the point of no return. So when famous ex-Ford executive Lee Iacocca came to Chrysler in the late ‘70s, everyone thought there wasn’t anything he could do to save the fallen giant. However, Iacocca proved them wrong. In just a few short years, he helped Chrysler return to the top position in the industry. The main weapon was a new line of minivan models. Today, minivans are a common sight among American cars, but in the early ‘80s, the concept was nonexistent. Iacocca insisted that Chrysler should invest in production.
They would come with as much space and comfort inside but have an overall compact dimension. The first such model was the Chrysler Town & Country, which proved to be the right car for the times. Basically, it was the world’s first mass-produced minivan. This was the model that established the minivan class, becoming the first Chrysler sales hit in decades. It was a perfect car for suburban America, replacing big, thirsty station wagons and preceding the SUV craze of today.