Cars have come a long way in the last hundred years. They’ve become sleeker, more sophisticated and more practical. Let’s take a look at the most popular car designs of the last forty years.
The 60’s were an exciting time for just about everything. Music was evolving and change was in the air. Cars of the 60’s were full of personality. A perfect example is the Volkswagon Beetle. Although it’s often thought of as a “hippy” car, the truth was people of all backgrounds were buying the Beetle. It’s compact style and affordability made it the most popular car of the decade.
The early 70’s in America brought a gas crisis. People started to rethink their large roomy boat-like cars and trade them in for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. That’s when the Honda Civic made its debut. Its significantly high gas mileage and durability quickly made it a favorite among college students and young growing families. It is still one the most popular cars today.
Before the minivan made its debut in the 90’s, there was the Dodge Caravan. A mix between a station wagon and a van, the design of the Dodge Caravan was appealing to families because of its spaciousness and durability. The Plymouth Voyager had a very similar design and was just as popular.
The 90’s marked the beginning of the SUV craze. For people wanting a more rugged vehicle design but more room than a pickup truck offered, the Ford Explorer was a perfect choice. You can thank the Ford Explorer for all the modern SUVs on the road today.
People became more environmentally conscious in the year 2000 which brought many changes in the car market. The Toyota Prius was the first hybrid available to the public and it made a big splash. It is now one of the most popular cars of all time.