Do you think the GM made a mistake by not producing a minivan

Discussion in 'Chevy Uplander & GM Minivan Forum' started by Pikey, Mar 22, 2013.


Did GM make a mistake Getting out of the Minivan Market?

  1. Yes, Big mistake, I would buy another GM Van

    5 vote(s)
  2. Yes , Mistake, but I would not buy a new GM van

    3 vote(s)
  3. No, Their vans could not compete

    6 vote(s)
  1. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I was curious how many folks think that GM made a major mistake getting out of the minivan market. We all know that Chrysler is the king of the minivan market. But, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, and VW all produce minivans that compete with Chrysler. How many folks are looking at buying another brand to replace their aging GM van?
  2. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    Everyone makes a mini van... and their decision was based on market share and $$$. I think a big market GM is missing on is offering performance products as options for vehicles. Just think about it... offering gm supported aftermarket products such as exhaust, intakes, lift kits etc. They just do not realize the market share they are missing.
  3. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    The VW is a Chrysler I have driven the Honda's and my friends AWD Toyota and they are the Cream of the crop..
  4. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I test drove the Honda, toyota and nissan when we were looking. We ended up with a dodge caravan. For the money I could not pass it up. Plus we paid $2000 more for a bumper to bumper lifetime warranty. Under $24,000 and we walked out with a very well equipped van with a lifetime warranty
  5. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I'm not a minivan person at all, but I know I miss the overtime I got from building them lol!! 7 days a week 12 hours a day for years!! The post office placed the largest order right before GM stopped making them, over 200,000 units.

    I think GM has made tons of mistakes like getting rid of:

    Mini trucks (S10)

    I could go on and on but I won't
  6. stchman

    stchman New Member

    Mini van sales are not what they used to be. Even Ford got out of the mini van gig (I don't count that stupid looking Transit thing).

    The crossover replaced the mini van years ago. GM sells quite a few Traverses and Acadias.

    IMO the Chevy Astro and GMC Safari were the best mini vans ever made. I saw a LOT of businesses use them as a less pricier alternative to full size vans.
  7. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    If or when I get married, it the wife wants a mini van, I will personally goto the dealership and order an Express conversion van cause the van will be a full size van on a truck body.
  8. yotchie

    yotchie Member

    it was a mistake for automakers to make minivans in the first place lol
  9. geo1

    geo1 New Member

    when i was a young lad,we had a station wagon,chevy ofcourse,should of stayed with that too,somebody else still makes em,right?
  10. BigBlueLB756

    BigBlueLB756 New Member

    Just another reason they went bankrupt: killing the vans and Olds and Pontiac divisions. Who cares what the customer wants, drink the KoolAid.
  11. silverhobey

    silverhobey New Member

    bring back the Astro / Safari............great workers/people haulers...Brian
  12. SupplySgt

    SupplySgt New Member

    Nissan does make minivans, but their real focus is on the crossovers (namely the Rogue which is actually a pretty nice vehicle) and the sedans (especially the Altima). I've worked so much overtime in the last year because they've been selling those Altimas like hotcakes. It's a nice car too so I can understand that but working basically 8 straight months of 6 day workweeks cause of the increased Altima production was insane. They're also selling Pathfinders like hotcakes as well (so much for the SUV market having gone down the drain) as our truck line has worked even more Saturdays than we have. It's going to be insane over there on truck side once we start building the Rogue on the same line as the Pathfinder and Infinity JX.

    Even if I did have kids, I wouldn't go for a minivan. I'd go for a Rogue (if fuel mileage was a huge concern) or a Pathfinder (if it wasn't a concern). They've done a really good job with the styling and I see so many 300,000+ mile Nissans running around here it's ridiculous.

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