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Know why so many women buy those cheesy Richard Simmons stretch videos?
So they can reach up and close the tailgate of their minivan.
No kidding. Some female owners have been known to carry an umbrella so they can pull down with the handle. Others tie a cord inside and swing like Tarzan.
Ladies, stretch no more. The brand new 2001 Chrysler and Dodge minivans feature the world’s first power-operated liftgate. Punch a button on either the key fob, or overhead console, and an electric motor powers open the tailgate.
Talk about a brilliant idea. Even if you’re not altitudinally challenged like the little guy in Fantasy Island, a power tailgate will make minivan ownership even more of a delight.
How many times have you filled your arms with grocery bags and then used your teeth, your elbow or your chin, in a valiant attempt to close the tailgate? How many times has water dripped down your collar when you’ve closed the tailgate in the rain?
More rich-looking interior features in this generation of ChryCo minivans – note the chronometer-like gauges.
Naturally, the power tailgate — it costs an extra $295 — can be specified along with power sliding side doors, so that the whole minivan can be opened up at the touch of a button. And, of course, there are obstacle-detection sensors to stop various body parts being chopped off when the doors close.
What’s next? Power-lifting hood? Or how about power jacks, like Jeff Gordon has on his NASCAR racer? Power cupholders would make sense too.