The RAV4 was the world’s first crossover, a car that looked like a 4×4 because it was high but really was not.
Actually, I would argue that the RAV4 wasn’t the first and that in fact it was a car called the Matra Rancho.
Matra is a French aerospace company that built Formula 1 cars in the 1970s.
In 1977 it got together with fellow French company Simca to build a (much) cheaper rival to the Range Rover.
The result was the Rancho.
It wasn’t a brilliant car but it was cool, tough and capable even though it was only 2wd and had a wheezy engine.
Anyway, 25 years after the first one, we have another new RAV4.
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