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post #1 of 10 Old 07-16-2014, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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GM drops the half-ton Chevrolet Express



Chevrolet has officially announced that it will end production of its light-duty Chevrolet Express 1500. The final Chevrolet Express 1500 was finished last week at GM's Wentzville, MO plant. GM says that percentages of half-ton vans has dropped off considerably with 23 percent of the Express vans coming in 1500 form.

GM will continue to build the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 models of both vans. And GM will begin production of its 2015 Express City.

With other more capable vans like the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ram ProMaster, it's unclear if GM has any plans for a next-gen full-size van for the near future.



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I don't see how they can't have a full size van coming sometime. In fact they NEED it. Commercial vans are the darlings of fleet sales.

GM may say demand was falling but thats a bare faced lie, sales of the Express have grown every year since 2009, and is currently selling at the same clip as 2013.

No the hidden narrative is about CAFE, the Express was dragging down the rest of the lineup and it was no longer sustainable.
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That is quite possible. I guess it wasn't possible for them to just reduce the fuel consumption, or at least not by enough to be viable anymore. Other companies are still making full size vans though and they have to abide by the same regulations. Therefore it is possible to make fullsize vans, you just have to have a different composition of your vehicle lineup I guess.



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That is quite possible. I guess it wasn't possible for them to just reduce the fuel consumption, or at least not by enough to be viable anymore. Other companies are still making full size vans though and they have to abide by the same regulations. Therefore it is possible to make fullsize vans, you just have to have a different composition of your vehicle lineup I guess.
the difference is how they're constructed the Express and the Econoline that also just died are big burly body on frame vans, thats heavy. The new gen vans are all much lighter unibodys...
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Would it be possible to use aluminum for the frames of these vans like what Ford did with the new F-150?



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Would it be possible to use aluminum for the frames of these vans like what Ford did with the new F-150?
I don't see why not, if it helps with making it lighter without sacrificing anything then i don't see why not.



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It wouldn't make it less capable of hauling or something? I'm guessing that if it works for a pickup truck that it would work for a cargovan. it would make them more expensive, but the fuel savings could make it worth it for businesses too.



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It wouldn't make it less capable of hauling or something? I'm guessing that if it works for a pickup truck that it would work for a cargovan. it would make them more expensive, but the fuel savings could make it worth it for businesses too.
If it works for a pickup truck it will work for a cargo van, in most cases they do have the same or similar towing capacity.



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Well I would certainly like to see an aluminum frame cargo van. Maybe that will be the next generation of cargo van. From the perspective of lowering lineup wide fuel efficiency, it just seems like a really good move.



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In due time it should make it's way to cargo van's, just a matter of time. If they will do this to trucks, then they will do it to cargo vans



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