Fans of truck-based, light-duty vans can officially pour one out for the Chevrolet Express 1500 and GMC Savana 1500, as General Motors has officially put its long-serving big/little rigs out to pasture. Things aren't quite as sad as they sound, though. The heavier-duty 2500 and 3500 vans will soldier on, in order to duke it out with the largest members of Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter families.

The move does seem to make a lot of sense. According to GM, customers only purchase the 1500-spec Chevrolet 23 percent of the time, while the GMC captures a mere 7 percent of the Savana family's sales. With numbers like that, it's no shock that GM thinks it can shift some of its buyers into its van family's more capable variants. "We knew we could move a lot of our 1500 customers into 2500-series territory," said GM's Joe Langhauser, the product manager for the company's full-size vans.

It's not just simple sales figures dictating the move, though. The 1500 line is taking up some valuable factory space that will be better spent on an eagerly anticipated new product.

"With the Colorado coming into the [Wentzville] facility, there was a lot of unique space that was dedicated to the 1500-series van line. We were able to utilize that space much more effectively for [the midsize] trucks," Langhauser said.

The last 1500, a Chevy-badged cargo van (pictured above), was screwed together last week.


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      CJ_313
      • 5 Months Ago
      This pretty much marks the end of the traditional conversion van. I've seen a Dodge Sprinter and a Ford Transit done up by a conversion company, not the same.
        xspeedy
        • 5 Months Ago
        @CJ_313
        How would it be any different? The inside of a metal box is the inside of a metal box.
          CJ_313
          • 5 Months Ago
          @xspeedy
          I wasn't referring to the insides...
        b.rn
        • 5 Months Ago
        @CJ_313
        The Transit Connect is far too small to convert. The Transit (or Sprinter) is darn near a motorhome. Not having a full size van as a conversion candidate leaves a great big gap.
      xspeedy
      • 5 Months Ago
      Does GM have a Euro replacement planned?
        rbnhd1144
        • 5 Months Ago
        @xspeedy
        Ive not read of any plans, Bring us the Vauxhall/ Opel Vivaro, nobody is filling that need, it would replace my Astro perfectly, I think it would sell far more than the Fords Connect and Nissans 200.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @xspeedy
        Their European vans are all made by Nissan/Renault. They do not have anything to tap into.
          rbnhd1144
          • 5 Months Ago
          Nissan-Renualt and Vauxhall-Opel have shared vans for years, I see it as a perfect oppurtunity, lets face it Chevy is now selling the Nissan NV200 as the City Express. The 2015 Vivaro is made in a GM vauxhall plant in the UK.
      rbnhd1144
      • 5 Months Ago
      With no planned replacement they are pushing customers away, 23 percent is alot of sales to lose anyway you look at it, I have no need for a 2500. Give us a new Astro van.
      LivetoDrive
      • 5 Months Ago
      Long live the all new NISSAN NV!!!! Its the new king of the cargo vans
        rbnhd1144
        • 5 Months Ago
        @LivetoDrive
        Love the 100k Warrantty but Nissan could have done so much better, that thing is Boring. The Transit will be the New King in America.
      BahamaTodd
      • 5 Months Ago
      RIP last gen 4.3 V6.
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      RIP dinosaur.
      budwsr25
      • 5 Months Ago
      Everyone I talk to do not like the new "euro" vans. GM will sell tons of the vans once the others are out on the market. Ford made a mistake getting rid of the econoline. I live near a conversion van manufacture and noticed they have been stocking up on the GM vans over the past year.
        SpikedLemon
        • 5 Months Ago
        @budwsr25
        My neighbors like the 1500 over the Sprinter because it fits their driveway better - it's their only reason. If their companies offered them a shorter Sprinter: they'd rather drive the MB all day. Better ride, better comfort, better everything else...
      bethany.omalley
      • 5 Months Ago
      ...was screwed together last week? Was it also manufactured by Ikea?
        barkeep
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bethany.omalley
        No, you got it all wrong! It would require Allan keys instead of screwdrivers, something GM is incapable to have!
      car-a-holic
      • 5 Months Ago
      And nothing of value was lost , as I saw someone else say
      ebn.hahn
      • 5 Months Ago
      Many things in this article Does NOT make sense!, Chevy sells 23 percent 1500!!?? that is one third the total of mix!!!, one third is of a three flavor mix is suppose to be good!. One other thing that Does NOT make sense is the fact the 1500 is built on the SAME frame as the 2500/3500 and on same assembly line!!!. What I am saying is the GM and true to form is feeding us a line of BS.... I suspect that with the introduction of the many modern Cargo vans in the past few month (Ram/Fia Ducato or ProMaster, Ford Transit/Transit connect. Nissan NV series) and the Fact the FORD owns the half-ton cargo Van Market E-150, The sales of the GM twins have TANKED and hence they decided to pull the Plug.......
        • 5 Months Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        You are correct. The REAL reason they dropped these vans were: 1. The 1500 vans are under 8500 and they count against their CAFE number. With an old four-speed, a tired V6 engine and AWD, the vans has awful fuel economy. By eliminating the low performers they are now only manufacturing the vans that do not count against their CAFE number. The 2500/3500 are CAFE exempt. Good bye, all wheel drive.
      dadslife83
      • 5 Months Ago
      You guys are funny! My father in law (who was a damn good masonry contractor) told me to always buy the 3/4 ton version (2500) of anything which was a better truck. He was right. Yes, coming from the van generation a small tear will be shed but seriously, the new vans are so much better in every way. Time to let go.
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