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Take A Seat

. . . to accommodate the family; leave it behind to make room for business.

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This story appears in the March 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Who says you can't have your commercial van and a people-mover, too? That's the concept some minivan manufacturers had in mind when they designed family-friendly minivans with removable rear seats. This marriage-carriage trend economizes on transportation costs by serving two purposes: On weekdays, you leave the seats in your garage so there's plenty of cargo room for business needs; on weekends, you just pop the seats back in for family trips.

Of the 15 minivans you'll find in dealerships, only a few offer removable seats. Double-duty 2001 vans include the Dodge Caravan at $19,160 (all prices street) and the $24,430 Chrysler Town & Country. The split benches come standard in the Caravan Sport package and fold independently so you can remove and store one or both of them.

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