Though this animation bit is made by Mercedes Benz and probably goes through a little revisionist history on who invented the van (Benz says it was Benz), it's still a cute take on the history of such an important vehicle in the history of mankind. Yes, the van was and still is important.

Sure, the van we think of now might have been co-opted by soccer moms and made uncool but think about how much people rely on vans for some of life's greatest pleasures: package deliveries, ice cream trucks (which are vans), vehicles in pop culture and even a little backseat loving. We should appreciate the van more.

Jalopnik's Jason Torchinsky is offended by this. Here's why.—Ed.

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