The Chevy Express Cutaway fleet vehicle is produced by two different companies and two separate assembly plants. GM produces all versions of this vehicle itself at its Wentzville plant in Missouri, while its close partner Navistar also builds the Chevy Express Cutaway model at its own facility in Springfield, Ohio. Some Chevy Express owners/operators may be curious if their vehicle was produced by GM in Missouri or by Navistar in Ohio, so we decided to provide a quick explainer on how to determine where it was built.
Not surprisingly, the Vehicle Identification Number, which is mounted on the top portion of the driver side of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield, can easily determine which company built the truck in question. The second spot in the VIN should have either a ‘G’ or an ‘H’, with a ‘G’ indicating the vehicle, was produced by GM in Missouri and an ‘H’ indicating it was built by Navistar in Ohio. The third position in the VIN, meanwhile, should be either a ‘B’ or an ‘A’, with these two letters indicating the vehicle was produced as an incomplete cutaway for upfitting by a third-party company.
While we’re talking about the VIN on the Chevy Express Cutaway, we might as well explain how to determine which engine the vehicle is fitted with, too. Looking at the eighth position in the VIN should reveal either the letter ‘P’ or the numbers ‘7’ or ‘1’. The letter ‘P’ indicates the vehicle has the 4.3L V6 LV1 gasoline engine, while the number ‘7’ indicates it has the larger 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine. If it has the number ‘1’, the vehicle is equipped with the 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax engine.
We should note that this VIN decoding only applies to the Chevy Express Cutaway. The regular Chevy Express is not produced by Navistar, with all of these vehicles built by GM in Wentzville.