In 1984, the Chrysler Corporation released a revolutionary new vehicle class called the mini-van under each of its three top brands. The Dodge version was called the Caravan, and three years after its introduction a long wheelbase model called the Grand Caravan hit the market. This provided passengers with additional cargo space for luggage, groceries, sporting goods, camping equipment, friendly strangers, etc. The first generation was only available with front wheel drive, however all wheel drive was added for subsequent models. Unfortunately, current models are again only front wheel drive. Besides being a market innovation as a whole, one of the features found on this mini-van was copied by virtually all other after it: the sliding rear door. Dodge Grand Caravan parts are virtually the same as the Plymouth Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country, since they are built on the same platform. Fun fact: "Stow-n-Go" seating was introduced in 2004. It was a system that cleverly hid the second and third row of seats by folding them into compartments underneath the floor pans. Engineers first conceptualized the project by building the system with an Erector Set.