Be it for the sake of variety, or to appease the CAFE standard, both Ford and Chrysler either have been or will be offering small, compact, European cargo vans in North America with the Transit Connect (which has been on sale in the ‘States for a few years now) and a new Ram-badged compact van based on the Fiat Doblò. Meanwhile, General Motors hasn’t made a move. The company’s only offering to the market consisting of tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians and hitmen (probably) are the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna twins — and sales haven’t been all that rosy.
“We definitely see a place for this full-size van in the market for a long time,” said Joyce Mattman, director of GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). She noted that GM hopes it can counter the superior fuel economy numbers of the “Eurovans” by offering a “familiar product that is easy to modify and costs less.”
So, for now it seems GM looks to stay out of the game. Perhaps the company can put its head together with PSA Peugeot-Citroen and come up with something new.Google+