Fiat Chrysler has announced it will display both a 1925 Chrysler B70 sedan and a Windsor, Ontario-built 1984 Dodge Caravan at the coming 2016 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, Ontario. The vehicles represent two significant milestones in FCA’s history: the introduction of the Chrysler nameplate to automobiles and the introduction of the minivan, a long-time staple of the company’s business.
The 1925 Chrysler B70 will displayed in order to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Chrysler Canada, which was formed in Windsor on June 17, 1925, just 11 days after Walter P. Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. The sedan “launched the Chrysler Corporation,” FCA historical vehicles manager Brandt Rosenbusch said, and was the first car to ever wear a Chrysler badge.
FCA will bring along the 1984 Grand Caravan in order to mark 30 years of minivan segment leadership. The model will also be displayed alongside the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, showing the advancements made since FCA singlehandedly pioneered the minivan segment in the early 1980s.
“Chrysler Corporation introduced an entirely new vehicle segment in 1984 that revolutionized the automotive industry,” says Rosenbusch. “The ‘minivan,’ a unibody, front-wheel-drive compact van that easily fit into a garage and provided easy entry and exit for passengers and their packages, was an instant hit. This 1984 model is one of the first examples of the original ‘magic wagon,’ built in Windsor, Ontario, just as our minivans are today.”
The public viewing f the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow will kick off on February 12th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and will run through to the 21st.