Chevrolet Gives City Express Compact Van the Axe
Slow-Selling Cargo Van Ended Production Earlier This Year
The van gods giveth and the van gods taketh away.
Chevrolet has removed the City Express compact cargo van from its fleet, likely due to slow sales of the Nissan NV200–based design. Chevrolet has only sold about 30,000 units of the City Express since its introduction in 2014, and 2018 will be the final model year of the nameplate. According to Automotive News, Chevrolet dealers were informed of the van’s cancellation last year, with final orders taken in September 2017. The plant that builds both the NV200 and the City Express made the final example of the latter in February.
The City Express, which is identical to the NV200 mechanically, was powered by a 2.0L I-4 with an anemic 131 hp and 139 lb-ft, routed to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. By contrast, the City Express’ domestic rivals boast a bit more muscle: 178 hp for the Ram ProMaster City and 169 hp for the Ford Transit Connect. Furthermore, both the Ford and Ram are available as passenger vans, broadening their appeal to some small businesses and private owners. The Chevrolet and its Nissan twin are cargo vans only (save for the fleet-exclusive NV200 taxi).
Chevrolet hasn’t announced a replacement for the City Express, so if you want a domestic-badged small van, you’d better head to the Ford or Ram dealer. For those who appreciated the Chevy’s trim dimensions and decent fuel economy, there’s always the Nissan NV200.
Source: Automotive News