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Welcome, my dear minivan enthusiasts, to yet another thrilling article about the ins and outs of the minivan world. Today, we’re going to tackle a question that has been plaguing the minds of minivan lovers everywhere: Does GM (General Motors) make a minivan?
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Matt, how could you even ask such a ridiculous question? Of course, GM makes minivans, everyone knows that!” But hold your horses, my friend, because as it turns out, GM’s involvement in the minivan market is a little more complicated than you might think.
As of right now, GM does not have a new minivan available in the USA market. They do have the Buick GL8 that is available in China but there is no GM minivan model currently in the US.
I will go into more detail about the history of GM minivans and what the future might hold in the rest of this article. So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or a mimosa, I don’t judge), and prepare to be thoroughly entertained as we explore the minivan world of GM.
The History of GM/Chevrolet and Minivans
Ah, the history of GM and minivans, a tale as old as time. Or, well, as old as minivans have been around, which is only about 30 years or so. But still, it’s a story worth telling.
Back in the day, GM was all about minivans. They were rolling out minivan models left and right, and they were selling like hotcakes (or minivans, I suppose). But then, something happened.
I’m not sure if it was a corporate decision, a change in leadership, or a group of executives that just collectively decided they were too cool for minivans, but GM slowly started to back away from the minivan market.
They went heavily into cars with larger engines (and a larger starting price) like the SUV or pickup truck.
But, let’s not forget the glory days of GM minivans. Remember the GMC Safari? The Chevrolet Lumina APV? The Pontiac Trans Sport? Oh, the memories.
These minivans were the epitome of cool (at least as far as minivans go)in their day. With their sleek designs and futuristic features, they were the minivans of the future.
And yet, here we are, in the present, and GM isn’t even in the minivan game anymore. It’s like they forgot all about the minivan love they once had.
But, let’s not forget that GM still has a few minivan models in the market, even though it’s not their main focus. Sure, they may not be as flashy as the GM minivans of the past, but they still get the job done. And honestly, that’s all we can ask for from a minivan, right?
Current GM Passenger Van Models
Alright, folks, it’s time to talk about the current GM van models. And, let me tell you, it’s not exactly a long list. In fact, it’s more like a shortlist. Like, a really short list. Like, a “I can count them on one hand” shortlist.
Obviously, GM doesn’t have any minivan models that they are currently making for the US market but what about van models in general? Well, they do have a few of those.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
First up, we have the Chevrolet Express Passenger Van. This beauty is basically a glorified cargo van with seats thrown in.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid choice for large families or shuttling around a sports team, but it’s not exactly what most people think of when they hear the word “minivan.”
Next, we have the GMC Savana Passenger Van. Now, this one is pretty much the same as the Express Passenger Van, just with a different badge on the front. But hey, who doesn’t love a little brand loyalty?
And last but not least, we have the Buick GL8. Now, this one is a little different from the other two. It’s not sold in the US, it’s only available in China, and it’s not a van, but it’s a minivan-looking car. So, in a way, it still counts.
So, there you have it, folks. The current GM minivan and van models. Not exactly a wide variety to choose from, but hey, at least GM is still in the minivan game, right? Kind of. Sort of. Not really. But, you know, it’s the thought that counts.
GM’s Competitors in the Minivan Market (Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Voyager/Pacifica, etc.)
Now let’s talk about GM’s competition in the minivan market. And let me tell you, they have some stiff competition. Like, “It’s no wonder GM in no longer in the minivan game” kind of competition.
First up, we have the good old Honda Odyssey. This minivan has been around forever (or it seems like it) and has consistently been one of the top-selling minivans on the market.
It’s reliable, it’s spacious (you wouldn’t believe the cargo you can fit in this thing), and it has all the bells and whistles you could want in a minivan. The Honda Odyssey is also incredibly fuel efficient because of the engine and transmission combo that it has.
Next, we have the Toyota Sienna. This minivan has been around almost as long as the Odyssey and it’s another reliable, spacious option. The Sienna has a 4-cylinder engine giving it 36mpg in the city.
And last but not least, we have the Chrysler Voyager & Pacifica (depending on the year you get as the Voyager is no longer for sale as of 2021. This minivan is newer to the market (Chrysler is far from a new player though) but it’s quickly becoming one of the top-selling minivans. It’s got all the bells and whistles you could want in a minivan and it’s a little more stylish than the Odyssey and Sienna.
The Pacifica has a 3.6L V-6 engine which means its fuel economy is pretty poor at only 19MPG in the city.
Mercedes also has a minivan that they offer but it is much less popular than the other offers mentioned above.
So, there you have it, folks. GM’s competition in the minivan market. A bunch of minivans that are reliable, spacious, and have all the bells and whistles you could want.
But, let’s be real, they’re not exactly the most exciting cars out there. But hey, who needs excitement when you’ve got a minivan, right?
Why GM Hasn’t Embraced the Minivan
It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room. Why hasn’t GM embraced the minivan market? Well, I’m here to give you my expert (okay I might not be an expert) opinion on the matter.
And, let me tell you, it’s a doozy.
First of all, let’s be real, minivans aren’t exactly the most exciting cars that every driver is trying to get ahold of. I mean, sure, they’re practical to drive and they’re great for families, but they’re not exactly the kind of car that makes you want to take it for a spin on a Sunday afternoon.
And I think that’s why GM has been hesitant to fully embrace the minivan market. They want to make vehicles that are exciting and turn heads, not cars that are just practical.
Another reason why GM hasn’t embraced the minivan market is that they’ve been focusing on other types of vehicles like trucks and SUVs. These types of cars have been selling like hotcakes, and GM doesn’t want to miss out on that.
So, they’ve been putting all their efforts into trucks and SUVs and not focusing on minivans.
In my opinion, the main reason why GM hasn’t embraced the minivan market is that they’re just not that good at it. They’ve tried it in the past and it hasn’t worked out (anyone remember the Chevy Astro?).
So, why bother trying again? It’s like that old saying, “If at first, you don’t succeed, give up and do something else.”
So, there you have it, folks. My expert opinion on why GM hasn’t embraced the minivan market. It’s not exciting, they’re focusing on other types of cars, and they’re just not that good at it.
But, hey, at least they’re still in the game, right? Kind of. Sort of. Not really.
The Future of GM Cars and Minivans
Now let’s talk about the future of GM and minivans. And, let me tell you, it’s a mystery. A complete and utter mystery.
But, that’s not going to stop me from speculating.
First of all, let’s talk about rumors. There are rumors that GM is working on a new minivan model. A minivan that will blow the competition out of the water. A minivan that will make minivan enthusiasts everywhere do a happy dance.
But, those are just rumors. And, as we all know, rumors are often just wishful thinking. So whether GM has a legitimate interest in getting back into the minivan game is a tough guess at this point.
Another thing to consider is that GM has been focusing on other types of vehicles like trucks and SUVs. So, it’s unlikely that they will shift their focus back to minivans. But, you never know, stranger things have happened.
Lastly, It’s possible that GM will never produce another minivan again. They’ve tried it in the past and it hasn’t worked out. So, why bother trying again? It’s like that old saying, “Why fix something that isn’t broken? Oh wait, this is broken, so let’s not fix it.”
So, there you have it, folks. The future of GM and minivans. A complete and utter mystery. But, hey, at least we can all sit back and speculate about what could be.
And honestly, isn’t that half the fun?
Well, folks, we’ve reached the end of our journey. We’ve explored the minivan world of GM, from its glory days to its current state. We’ve discussed the history, the current models, the competition, and the future. And, let me tell you, it’s been a wild ride.
In conclusion, GM does make vans but they don’t make any minivans (at least in the USA). Vans are not GM’s main focus, but they’re still in the game.
But, let’s be real, GM’s vans are not the top choice for minivan(or van) enthusiasts. But hey, that’s okay, there are plenty of other minivan options out there to choose from. And honestly, isn’t that the beauty of the minivan market?
There’s something for everyone.
So, my dear minivan enthusiasts, I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that you’ve learned something new. Remember, minivans are not just a mode of transportation, they’re a lifestyle. And, even though GM may not be fully embracing the minivan market, we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for minivans and their practicality.
Now, go forth and continue to embrace the minivan lifestyle with open arms.