SURREY, B.C. - A Surrey, B.C., resident has suffered serious injuries after being struck by a minivan that crashed into a basement and ignited a fire.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Warren Tyson says the occupant was sitting in a chair at about 3 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle slammed into the home.
He says the driver of the minivan and an unknown number of occupants fled the scene.
One suspect has been taken into custody as police investigate the incident.
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The First Minivan
Chrysler introduced the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan in 1984, ushering in the birth of the modern minivan.
Lee Iacocca introduced the Chrysler minivan in 1984, saying the automaker wanted a spacious van that families could park in their garage. He predicted the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan would be copied by other automakers.
In 2011, the Toyota Sienna became the best-selling minivan in the United States. Its sales rose 13 percent over 2010 results.
With its redesign of the Odyssey last year, Honda might have sold more of them if it had been able to produce more, critics say. Supplies were constrained after Japan's tsunami in early 2011.
Not many different types of minivans are offered for sale these days. Nissan has tried to capture more fashion-forward buyers by touting as more stylish its Quest, which is boxier in the back.
A lot of people had hoped Volkswagen would introduce some cool updated version of the popular 1970s Minibus, but instead the automaker launched the Routan instead. The company has sold fewer than 4,000 of them this year. In contrast, U.S. consumers bought 38,000 Honda Odyssey minivans so far this year.