Are Full-size Vans Still Selling Well in the USA? Check It Out! (Sales Report) UPDATE!

2014 gmc savana commercial van sales
This is a 2014 GMC Savana image – but it still looks the same.
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The GM Big Vans are still selling

The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans represent some of the oldest vans currently being sold. They have a shared architecture that dates back to the mid-1990s and have gone through a variety of internal changes.

Gone is the 1/2-ton version of the van, leaving the heavier duty option in its place. This goes for GMC and Chevrolet. There are some new powertrains and options that will soon be available, but the basic van remains the same.

2020 First Quarter Sales Numbers

Sales have gone down for the vans, fortunately General Motors has seen some real growth with their pickup trucks this quarter. The first quarter of 2020 (January – March) shows a total of 13,309 Chevrolet Express vans sold. That’s a drop of 22.7%. The GMC Savana sold 4,182 units, which is a drop of 36.3% over last year.

Ford showed substantial growth of their Transit van, while their E-Series van dropped.

We don’t the numbers from Mercedes yet, as soon as we do – we will update the table.

Full-Size Van Sales – Q1 2020

Q1 2020Q1 20/19%YTD 2020YTD 20/19 %
Ford Transit36,836+15.7%36,836+15.7
Chevy Express13,309-22.7%13,309-22.7%
Ford E-Series10,098-6.4%10,098-6.4%
Ram ProMaster9,585-28%9,585-28%
Mercedes Sprinter + Metris
GMC Savana4,182-36.3%4,182-36.3%
Nissan NV3,728-17.3%3,728-17.3%

You can read about an unusual older Ford E-350 4X4 van (here).

While the numbers are poor, the new powertrain and option lineup should help change the trajectory. Time will tell. Here is a crazy 2021 Ford van review! Enjoy.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.