General Motors has plans to keep the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana in production in their current form until at least the 2023 calendar year, sources familiar with the matter told GM Authority. In fact, we were told that GM can extend production of the vehicles thru 2025, if it deems necessary.
The Express and Savana are noteworthy for being the oldest vans in the industry, a circumstance that hasn’t stopped them from selling in relatively large and respectable quantities. The current models were introduced in 1995 on the GMT600 platform. The vehicles received a refresh in 2003, with the update moving them to the GMT610 platform. It is unclear whether the models will receive any updates or enhancements on their way to the 2023, by which time the vans will be 20 years old (counting from the refresh in 2003) or 28 years old (counting from the initial introduction in 1995). It’s also unclear what will take place after 2023 or the extended 2025 timeframe – whether the lines will be discontinued or replaced by all-new models.
Given their age and relatively little fiscal investment from The General, the Express and Savana are believed to be huge cash cows for General Motors, bringing in profits hand over fist. Together, the vehicles garnered nearly 100,000 deliveries in 2017, 88,614 deliveries in 2016, 85,374 in 2015 and nearly 106,000 in 2014 (see combined Express and Savana sales tables by year). The figures are good enough to rival the sales volume of significantly newer and more modern Ford Transit family (see Ford Transit sales), which has quickly risen to become the industry’s best-selling full-size van lineup, while outselling the Ram ProMaster van (see RamProMaster sales) and Nissan NV.
Most units of the Express and Savana are built at the GM Wentzville factory in Missouri operated by GM USA. In early 2017, Navistar began contract assembly of the Express and Savana cutaway in its factory in Ohio as part of GM’s intent to boost the model’s production and supply. Both vehicles are sold predominantly in North America, with little to no export outside the continent.