GMC Savana sales increased in the United States during the first quarter of 2019.
- The Savana is sold exclusively in the U.S. and Canada, with Mexico only getting the Chevy Express.
- Savana sales figures for Canada were not available at the time of this writing.
GMC Savana Sales - Q1 2019 - United StatesIn the United States, GMC Savana deliveries totaled 6,566 units in Q1 2019, an increase of about 37 percent compared to 4,797 units sold in Q1 2018.
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Competitive Sales Comparison
GMC Savana sales were relatively strong in Q1 2019, posting a 37 percent increase in sales volume during a time when sales of its corporate twin – the Chevy Express – shrunk 13 percent. However, nearly three times as many units of the Express were sold compared to the Savana. In that regard, the Savana came in second-to-last place in its competitive set in terms of overall sales volume.
Leading the segments was the Ford Transit in first place (see Ford Transit sales), followed by the Chevy Express (see Chevrolet Express sales) in second, the Ram ProMaster (see Ram ProMaster sales) in third, Ford E-Series (see Ford E-Series sales) in fourth (the model is available exclusively as a cutaway), the GMC Savana fifth, and the Nissan NV in sixth.
Sales Numbers - Full-Size Vans - Q1 2019 - United States
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It’s worth acknowledging the astounding sales volume growth experienced by the Ram ProMaster lineup, which soared more than 106 percent during the first quarter, doubling its segment share. By comparison, the growth in GMC Savana sales pales in comparison, though it did have the second-largest growth in its segment.
It’s also worth noting that combined deliveries of the Ford Transit and E-Series totaled 42,633 units, accounting for 51 percent segment share during the quarter. Meanwhile, GM’s offerings – the Chevy Express and GMC Savana – saw combined deliveries of just under 24,000 units for roughly 28 percent market share – significantly less than that of the Blue Oval. Even so, the fact that the Express and Savana can garner as many deliveries as they do is quite impressive, given that the GM twins are the oldest vehicles in the segment and have received very few changes over the past two decades.
The full-size mainstream van segment, which includes passenger, cargo, and cutaway/chassis cab models, expanded more than 6 percent to 84,240 units in Q1 2019.
The GM Authority Take
The GMC Savana and Chevy Express are archaic relics that trace their roots to the 1990s. In fact, they are the oldest products in their respective segment, and by a wide margin. With that said, we attribute the jump in GMC Savana sales performance to commercial/fleet vehicle deliveries. It is often the case that a commercial/fleet customer could place a large order for a GMC product and not its Chevrolet equivalent, and that GM fulfill (deliver) the order in a single quarter. We imagine that this is what took place here, since the Express saw a 13 percent sales decrease.
Additionally, a well-established community of up-fitters that prepare or modify the Savana for various commercial duties certainly helps GMC Savana sales (as well as those of the Express). We also believe that the introduction of the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel LWN engine and 8-speed automatic transmission (M5U), introduced for the 2017 model year, has generated increased interest in the model. However, we expect the success to wane once contractual obligations no longer support the model lineup. Luckily, it seems that GM is working on a replacement, of sorts.
About The Numbers
- All percent change figures compared to GMC Savana Q1 2018 sales
- In the United States, there were 76 selling days in Q1 2019 and 76 selling days in Q1 2018
- Sales numbers for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van are not available, since the Mercedes-Benz Vans division does not break out sales by model. Requests to provide the information have been continuously declined.