Chrysler is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its minivan lineup in a noble way. The automaker made a life-size replica of the Dodge Grand Caravan entirely out of canned goods, which will eventually be donated to charity. The Dodge “Can’avan” is currently on display in Toronto’s famous Yonge-Dundas Square.
The replica consists of over 30,000 cans of food and was built by 30 volunteers from local high schools and colleges. To project is a collaboration between The Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler LLC, and Canstruction, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of hunger and poverty.
The Can’avan went on display October 28 and October 29. Chrysler said that the Can’avan will be dismantled after the display period, and the cans will be sent to Daily Bread Food Bank, which will use this contribution to send out more than 2,000 food hampers to those in need.
Chrysler was credited for creating the minivan segment when it introduced the Grand Caravan 30 years ago. It then created the Chrysler Town & Country five years later. Both models are currently built in Windsor, Ontario. It is rumored, however, that Chrysler will discontinue the Grand Caravan to simplify its minivan lineup to just one entry in the next generation that’s expected to arrive sometime around 2016.