Automotive News reported on the van’s death after years of dismal sales. The City Express was a direct copy of the Nissan NV200, which Nissan produced for GM at its Cuernavac, Mexico, factory. Production of the van ended in February of this year, according to the report.
The van was seen as a quick and cost-effective way for GM to gain a share of the small commercial van market, which Ford has essentially dominated since introducing the Transit line in 2009. GM will still offer the body-on-frame Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana and plans for the large vans remain unchanged. The vans will live on until at least 2023.
Since the City Express’ introduction, Chevy sold fewer than 30,000 units. In comparison, Ford has moved over 40,000 Transit vans on average annually since 2013.
Nissan said it remains committed to the segment and production of the NV200 will be unaffected by the end of the GM partnership. GM did not comment on whether a replacement is planned for the City Express.