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post #1 of 3 Old 12-24-2014, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Chevrolet City Express Part of Larger European Designed Van Trend

The Chevrolet City Express is just one part of a larger trend that is happening in the commercial van market. American design is being left behind in favor of Euro-designed vans that are breathing new life into a segment that has been doing the same thing since basically the 1960s. Starting in 2004, the Dodge Sprinter came to the market to kick off the trend, but things really got underway this year with the release of vans from various automakers.

Since the 1960s Gm, Ford and Chrysler have been building heavy body-on-frame construction, one-size roof that isn't very suitable for standing up in the back, poor handling and fuel efficiency. Now van designs from Asia and Europe have challenged those norms in the American market.

Take a look at the list of Asian and European vans that have been released since 2004 in the US:

• Dodge Sprinter, 2004, rear-wheel-drive, full-size
• Ford Transit Connect, 2010, FWD compact
• Nissan NV, 2012, RWD full-size
• Nissan NV200, 2013, FWD compact
• Ram ProMaster, 2014, FWD full-size
• Ford Transit, 2015, RWD full-size
• Ram ProMaster City, 2015, FWD compact
• Chevrolet City Express, 2015, FWD compact
• Mercedes-Benz Citan, 2015, FWD compact

More efficient, and better set up for commercial use, these models will be favored by businesses. Something has to be said for the loss of older models like the GM Savana or the old Dodge Ram van simply because of the ridiculous customization that these vehicles have seen. They have a place in pop culture that the new vans do not. That is a small thing to give up for the superior design that the new wave of Euro vans is bringing to North American shores.
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apparently the european economy could be set to grow quite a bit which makes this even sweeter
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Wonderful amazed to see this..
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