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GM to Retire Express/Savana 1500 Vans

April 01, 2014

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.
Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

General Motors will cease production of its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana 1500 full-size vans after the 2014 model year as the automaker turns its attention to more fuel-efficient models.

The 1500 series Express and Savana offered for the 2014 model year will be the last full-size vans offered by GM with a gross vehicle weight of less than 8,500 pounds. Light-duty vehicles, including full-size vans, weighing at least 8,501 pounds are exempt from federal Tier 2 emissions requirements.

GM will cease production of the vehicles this summer, said Robert Wheeler, a spokesman for GM's fleet and commercial unit.

Many of our customers have converted to the 2500 series vans with 4.8L engine mated to a fuel efficient six-speed transmission, and we expect the 2500 series van to be a value leading van in the market place for the 2015 model year," Wheeler told AutomotiveFleet.com.

GM will offer the heavier 2500 and 3500 models of the Express and Savana beginning this summer. The 2500 series weigh 8,600 pounds, while the 3500 series weigh 9,600 pounds with the 6.0L gasoline V-8 and 9,900 pounds with the Duramax 6.6L diesel V-8.

The 2500 and 3500 will be available in several configurations including a cargo van, cutaway, and passenger model seating eight, 12, or 15.

For the 2014 model-year, the 1500 series Express and Savana weigh 7,300 pounds, which qualify them for Tier 2 emissions standards. The rear-wheel-drive Express 1500 cargo van with a 4.3L V-6 gets an EPA-rated 14 miles per gallon city and 19 mpg highway. The same van with a 5.3L V-8 gets an EPA-rated 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

Comments

  1. 1. Jim Rose [ April 02, 2014 @ 11:35AM ]

    GVWR and curb weight are two different things. GVWR is the maximum loaded weight, which includes the weight of the vehicle (curb weight) plus the payload. The numbers given above as vehicle weiths are the GVWR's.

    The manufacturer's don't have to give fuel economy data on the heavier vehicles, which makes it tough on a lot of fleets looking ot conserve on fuel.

  2. 2. George B Spicer [ April 03, 2014 @ 05:55AM ]

    Will the 2500 come with a AWD model ?

  3. 3. Ernie Sartalis [ April 03, 2014 @ 10:29AM ]

    No AWD will be available.
    You can order the 2500 & 3500 with 4wd from Quigley 4x4 vans. www.quigley4x4.com
    Hope that helps.

  4. 4. Cody Swander [ April 04, 2014 @ 11:17AM ]

    Hopefully they will introduce a modern 1500 replacement with AWD.

  5. 5. Edward Kwame Boamah [ April 09, 2014 @ 01:22PM ]

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    i really love your buses but i dont have money, so i am here to apply if i will be conseîder to get me one Bus to use it for a contact i have got. which is school children, if it can be loan to me and pay in installment . if i have money, i could have order about five for transport business here in Ghana. hope to hear from you

    yours Faithfully

    Edward Kwame Boamah

  6. 6. Edward Kwame Boamah [ April 09, 2014 @ 01:22PM ]

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    i really love your buses but i dont have money, so i am here to apply if i will be conseîder to get me one Bus to use it for a contact i have got. which is school children, if it can be loan to me and pay in installment . if i have money, i could have order about five for transport business here in Ghana. hope to hear from you

    yours Faithfully

    Edward Kwame Boamah

  7. 7. Bob Pierce [ September 16, 2014 @ 07:43AM ]

    It's unfortunate that an awd or 4wd will not be available other than a Quigley conversion. It is always much more affordable if it comes directly from the factory. The average van can't get out of it's own way in snow. Here in the northern climate, I would think that they would sell a pile of 4wd's if the upcharge was reasonable. Perhaps they will see the light.

  8. 8. Don Gordon [ September 18, 2014 @ 05:03AM ]

    Is there any data or photos you can share regarding the rumored major changes for the 2016 year model? I have heard the Duramax will go away and be replaced with a 4.3L diesel, reducing towing capacity while increasing mileage. I need the 10K capacity of the 6.0 gas/6.6 diesel. Ready to order a 2015 with 6.0 gas. Also I fear a downsize as Ford and Dodge have done and don't want to lose the opportunity of purchasing a full size, full power cargo van. I want all options which will require special order.

  9. 9. Keystone hvac [ December 29, 2016 @ 04:00PM ]

    The awd is definitely a selling point
    Please consider manufacturing with duramax diesel

 

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