10 Cars That Changed Our Lives

Forbes compiles autos that changed the world
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2009 5:37 PM CDT
In this file photo taken Jan. 12, 2009, a 2010 Toyota Prius is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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(Newser) – Cars can create or symbolize profound change—in lifestyle, financial status, and even forms of government. Forbes looks at 10 that changed the world:

  1. Toyota Prius. The flagship model for all hybrids, the Prius opened people's minds to the ugly environmental impact of driving. It remains the world's best-selling hybrid vehicle.
  2. Dodge Caravan. The success of the family-friendly Caravan, and competitors' imitations, kicked the minivan craze into gear.

  1. Jeep Cherokee. Greenies may lament the Cherokee's success, but its status as a practical family car triggered the '90s SUV boom.
  2. Ford Mustang. The original muscle car, the Mustang was wildly popular when it debuted in 1964—and has remained so, enjoying uninterrupted production ever since.
  3. Ford Model T. The first car that working-class Americans could afford, the Model T gave birth to American car culture.
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