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Setting the stage for the next generation of minivans.

Chrysler invented the minivan 30 years ago. Now, it's poised to deliver a new people-mover, the Pacifica, that could set the stage for the next 30 years.

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First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers' existence. It's a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just 25 percent of a vehicle's front end to take the brunt of a 40-mile-per-hour impact. The newly released results of four family-minded minivans underscore just how difficult the crash test is: only one scored an Acceptable rating, and the other three did very poorly.