Multi Purpose Vehicles in 1980





The 1980s saw the Sport-Utility Vehicle (SUV) market continue to grow, spawning some powerful 4x4s with exceptional mud-plugging ability, and some comfort-oriented cars with only limited ability on rough terrain. At the same time, a new niche was discovered, for spacious seven-seat Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs), based on car or van platforms and aimed at larger families with a lot to carry.