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Long-Sickly Chevrolet City Express Returns to the Dust

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The long-anticipated fate of the Chevy City Express commercial van has finally come to pass. The company has officially announced that the City Express is dead, as production ended back in February.

Ashes to ashes, and rust to rust.

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The City Express was briefly the brand’s attempt to get a hand into the small commercial van market, an area that has been ruled by the Ford Transit line since its introduction in 2009. It was the result of a deal between Chevrolet and Nissan, where Chevrolet essentially rebadged the Japanese automaker’s NV200 van, including the NV200’s four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission.

Sadly, the Chevrolet City Express was a sickly seller from the beginning, with the Bowtie Brand selling fewer than 30,000 models in the whole time it was selling the commercial van. By comparison, the Ford Transit sold more than 40,000 vans each year since 2013.

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The Chevrolet City Express is survived by its larger GM siblings, the body-on-frame Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, which GM has said would continue in their current form at least until 2023.

Nissan’s NV200 van will also continue after the demise of the City Express, with Nissan saying that it is committed to the segment, and the end of the partnership with GM doesn’t affect its production in the least.

General Motors didn’t comment on whether it would be replacing the City Express.

News Source: GM Authority, NADA Guides