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Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager

After negotiating the federal loan guarantee in 1979, Lee Iacocca launched the minivan in 1983. GM and Ford could never copy its success.

Making big money again, Chrysler acquired Jeep with American Motors in 1987, but then another recession roiled the company.

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