• Aug 29, 2006

For some, it might beg the question, "you're joking, right?" But according to Edmunds' Inside Line, General Motors is planning to roll out a minivan for the 2009 model year and, well, nobody's laughing. The Lambda-based sibling of the next-generation Chevrolet Uplander seeks to fill the gap between the young, affluent couples and empty nesters the GMC Acadia is expected to appeal to -- namely families. As it hits the market, GM will take the Saturn Relay, Pontiac Montana and Buick Terraza off the lots, leaving the truck manufacturer as the only brand in the GMC-Pontiac-Buick triumvirate with a minivan.

No word yet on when the HUMMER-badged Uplander will hit the streets.

[Source: Edmunds InsideLine]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Myron @12, you hit the nail right on. I have yet to see a GM minivan, or the full size van either for that matter, be anything but " Day of the living dead" designs. I owned a '66 chevrolet van back in the late "60s, and havn't seen anything in a van that has appealed to me since. The Astros weren't to bad looking, but were too big to be a mini-van, and too underpowerd to be a full size.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Getting out of the minivan business wouldn't be entirely stupid, but it would demonstrates just how lazy GM and Ford would have become. Neither will forfeit this market for that very reason.

      This image, pure speculation, looks exactly like any boring minivan we've ever seen. If they build this, it's a waste of time. There's 10+ sharks fighting for the same peice of meat in this market. If my memory serves me correctly, the minivan market is bordering on shrinking, if not still stagnant.

      I do, however, like Ford's approach to this market. They'll simply take it in another direction. The Fairlane was the right idea, no matter how strange it looks. Ford's hoping the Fairlane's unique styling and features will bring some of those competitors minivan customers over to Ford and maybe grab some of those SUV people as well. This GMC sketch is just same old, same old......that's a mistake.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 JB
      Thanks for yet another "I know the answer to GM problems with [insert topic here]" While including another "GM [insert model] sucks for [insert random reasons]"
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a hideous mish-mash of styling cues. Looks like a slice of the new Sebring, only larger and even more nauseating. GM has never, ever, been able to make a successful minivan. Why try again?

      The only plausible reason is to keep a plant or two running that is configured to make a minivan. That makes no sense either; devising yet another disastrous minivan to keep a plant open, but that kind of thinking has GM where it is now. How many people movers does GM need to make? They make too many models still, and no one buys the current minivans, which are notoriously hard to build - read poor quality.

      GM should learn at least one thing from Ford - get out of the minivan business.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A cure for which there's no disease. This market segment is sliding downhill, along with other overstuffed, overweight guzzlers. GM and Ford are like the army- fighting the last war's battles with the last war's tactics and leftover weapons.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought GMC was the truck division. Now it's the division of crossovers and mini-vans.

      So GM decides they cant make a business case for a next gen Envoy/Trailblazer/Rainier/9-7, even though they are some of the best sellers (at least the TB).
      For some reason Toyota and Nissan can sell both midsize SUV's and CUV's. GM, however decides to kill the next gen, and replace it with more CUV's and mini-vans, spread out over more divsions. Great job GM. Nice to know you've learned so much from your past mistakes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM consistently builds the dumbest looking minivans. Keep the streak alive GM. We're all rooting for you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The question is what wouldn't GM do? The concept drawing looks ugly, you can only expect the actual product to look even worse. Just when you think the Aztec was the ugliest thing GM could make, GM hits you with another surprise. I'd love to support an American company such as GM but even the Koreans are now making better looking vehicles than GM! Wake up, hire someone in Europe to redesign your entire line-up, GM!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is probably the first concept drawing I have seen where the wheels don't even fit in the wheel arches.

      You know you aren't aiming for a high score if the wheels on your CONCEPT DRAWINGS aren't ridiculously large and low-profile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new minivan will be built on the same platform as the Saturn Outlook and the other crossovers. It will most likely also be built in GM's newest plant just being finished in Lansing alongside.

      Thats means a better build and much higher quality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      two problems with this story (not autoblog's post, the original)
      1. How is the Acadia aimed at couples and empty nesters and not families? it has 3 rows of seats!
      2. The Pontiac Montana SV6 is already discontinued. There will be no 2007.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Z at #13, that was great. thank you for making soda come out of my nose. You owe me a keyboard. :)

      as for the topic at hand, i suppose as long as the duplicates are eliminated, i don't particularly have a problem with this, because then they'll have the entry level uplander, and a premium gmc minivan for those who want something a little nicer. chrysler pulls it off just fine. hopefully the next gen is better than the current though.

      the one thing i don't get - if we don't want to have two of the same vehicle at a P/B/GMC dealership, why the Acadia AND Enclave? Chevy would have been better off with the Acadia. dealerships dont need duplication of product, that's why buick and gmc fit together well for the most part (rainier/envoy the exception, but rainier's slated to be dead soon anyways) and both were premium vehicles. pontiac doesn't fit in there though....
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