Yeah, because Volkswagen refers to theirs as a "Bus"
I'd trade my wife's '04 for a '70's VW bus in a heartbeat... although she might have a fit (no A/C, manual trans, no power steering, etc.
Strange….Volkswagon buys their minivans from Chrysler. They alter the grill and tail lights, but underneath they are IDENTICAL because they “ARE” Chrysler minivans.
When the Germans engineers give up and buy from you, you know you’re doing something right.
Interestingly both GM “and” Ford have both quietly ceased production of all minivans as it is clear they are unable to compete with the Chrysler/Dodge minivans.
Since it’s inception, years ahead of every copy cat competitor, and for every single year of it’s production the Caravan (and sister vehicles) outsold all other foreign and domestic competitors……….combined.
The two minivans that are supposedly marginally better than the Caravan are the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Both of which are priced WAY out of reach of most families. Also, neither sells more than a few thousand units into the North American market, to only the best heeled customers.
For the rest of North American families (many of which are former auto workers) the Caravan goes on sale twice a year at prices neither Japanese models can hope to touch.
I have many friends who have owned numerous Caravans and wouldn’t even consider another brand, much less are ever planning to go back to a car.
It was Graham Richardson, the very objective tester at Motoring 2012 who was quoted saying “ I have seen the new benchmark of minivans, the Toyota Sienna. That said it’s virtually twice the price of the 95% as good Dodge Caravan. I’ll have two Dodge Caravans thank you very much”.
I’ve never owned a minivan, though I’m very impressed with Chrysler’s stow and go seats and the engineering in that incredibly powerful and thrifty new 3.6 litre engine.
The amount of mechanics I’ve talked to who call it the “have your cake and eat it too engine” is staggering, I mean 36 mpg hwy !
I owned one used Nipponese vehicle over 25 years ago and I’ll never make that mistake again. The parts prices are prohibitive. I can buy a whole used North American vehicle for less money than some of the Japanese components.
You can drive what you like still in North America, but I pity the person whose Japanese warrantee runs out and is left bent over at the parts counter, holding his ankles waiting for the screwing he thought would never happen with Honda quality.