DETROIT – Minivan has become a dirty word. Of the 20 concepts and 24 production vehicles premiered at the North American International Auto Show, none was called a minivan and none resembled a Dodge Caravan, which probably remains the standard of the category. "The minivan concept has been around for a long time and it is very useful, but the concept is becoming more interesting and more useful," says Richard Parry-Jones, Ford Motor Co. chief technical officer. "Perhaps (the minivan) has ...

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