The first-generation Prairie was a pioneer in the multipurpose RV market, which eventually led to today's popular minivans. It was launched in August 1982. Thanks to its FF design, it offered two sliding side doors on both sides, without the obstruction of a central pillar, something not seen on any other passenger vehicle at the time. This made getting in and out much easier. The JW-G was an 8-seater; a 5-seater and 3/6-seater were also available.