Chevrolet Express

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Chevrolet Express
2003-present Chevrolet Express 3500
Automotive industryGeneral Motors
Also calledGMC Savana
Production1996–present
AssemblyWentzville, Missouri, USA
PredecessorChevrolet Van/GMC Vandura
Car classificationFull-size Van
Car body style3-door Van
4-door Van
Automobile platformFront-engine design, Rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Internal combustion engine4.3L V6
5.0L V8
5.7L V8
6.5L V8
7.4L V8
6.6L V8 Diesel
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed Automatic transmission
WheelbaseSWB: 135.0 in (3429 mm)
LWB: 155.0 in (3937 mm)
1999-2000 Express SWB: 127.9 in (3249 mm)
Length1996-98 SWB: 218.8 in (5558 mm)
1996-98 LWB: 238.8 in (6066 mm)
1999-2002 SWB: 218.7 in (5555 mm)
1999-2002 LWB: 238.7 in (6063 mm)
2003-Present SWB: 224.1 in (5692 mm)
2003-Present LWB: 244.1 in (6200 mm)
2003-05 Savana LWB: 244.0 in (6198 mm)
WidthSWB: 79.2 in (2012 mm)
LWB & 2003-Present SWB: 79.4 in (2017 mm)
Height1996-98 Express: 81.8 in (2078 mm)
1996-98 Savana SWB/2500 SWB & 3500 LWB: 82.5 in (2096 mm)
84.7 in (2151 mm)
85.0 in (2159 mm)
1996-98 Savana LWB: 88.3 in (2243 mm)
84.8 in (2154 mm)
1500 & 2001-02 3500 LS LWB: 79.6 in (2022 mm)
1997-2002 3500 SWB: 83.9 in (2131 mm)
1997-2002 2500 LWB: 81.1 in (2060 mm)
2001-02 2500 LWB: 82.2 in (2088 mm)
2001-02 3500 LWB: 82.8 in (2103 mm)
2003-Present SWB: 81.6 in (2073 mm)
2003-Present LWB: 82.0 in (2083 mm)

The GM G-Series (Rear wheel drive) and H-Series (All wheel drive) vans, the Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana, are full-size Van from General Motors. They replaced the GMC Vandura and Chevrolet Van in 1996. The Express and Savana currently hold 44.8% of the full-size van market in the United States, just behind rival Ford Motor Company's Ford E-Series. The Express outsells the Savana by more than 3 to 1.

After 2003, the Express and Savana had updated sheetmetal similar to the GMT800 light trucks and SUVs, and at the same time, fitted with the LS engines. In 2004 Stability Control (Stabilitrak) was added to all passenger vans. In 2008 the interior was updated and side impact roof airbags were standard on all passenger models. They also offer the E85 Flexfuel Vortec 5.3L V8 engine in both the 2008 Express 1500 Work Van and Passenger Van. The 6.6L Duramax Diesel V8 was added as an option for 2006.

The cargo variety of the Express/Savana is popular as a work vehicle, often used by Electrician, Plumber, and others needing to haul a variety of large items. In this way, it is the North American equivalent of the ubiquitous White van man in the United Kingdom.

The Express/Savana is also available as a passenger van, seating 8 to 15 passengers (depending on the model), and is often used as a very capable Tow vehicle, Ambulance or as a Shuttle bus.

Both the cargo and passenger models, as well as Cutaway van versions often serve as the basis for Conversion van and Motorhome.

There was a limited edition model of the Chevy Express passenger variety, named the LT. This type was a GM factory made conversion that included a Bose Corporation sound system, two flip down flat panel Television monitors, a VCR, Leather seats, Aluminum wheels, extra trim, and an advanced General Motors Corporation stereo system with Compact disc and cassette. This model was discontinued around the year 2003 and was meant as a trial sale.


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