Chevrolet City Express Takes The Express Lane To The Afterlife

If you’re in the market for a compact commercial van, your choices are a little more limited as Automotive News is reporting the Chevrolet City Express went out of production in February.

Originally announced in May of 2013, the City Express was a rebadged version of the Nissan NV200. The model was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show and went on sale that fall.

Chevrolet had high hopes for the model as GM’s US vice president of fleet and commercial vehicles described it as a “smaller, more efficient choice for businesses that don’t need the cargo volume or other capabilities of a full-size van.” The van was also affordably priced and featured a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 131 hp (98 kW / 132 PS) and 139 lb-ft (188 Nm) of torque.

 

 

Despite having a number of positive attributes, the market effectively shrugged and forgot the City Express even existed. A quick peek at the sales chart paints a grim picture as Carsalebase data shows Chevrolet only managed to sell 8,348 units in the United States last year. For comparison, Nissan moved 18,602 units of the nearly identical NV200. The bad new doesn’t stop there, as the Ram ProMaster City nearly outsold the City Express 2:1 and the Ford Transit Connect bested everyone by selling 34,473 units.

When reached for comment by Automotive News, a Chevrolet spokesperson declined to confirm slow sales were to blame for the model’s death. The spokesperson also declined to mention if there were any plans for a successor.

That seems doubtful given the slow sales, but the City Express has been added to the company’s list of discontinued vehicles. The site also steers potential customers to the Colorado pickup and the full-size Express Cargo Van.

 

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  • Dude

    The Honda Jet articles were more relevant to this site’s audience than this thing

  • Mr. EP9

    Virtually no one cared for this thing and I doubt anyone will shed a tear when it’s gone.

  • Paul

    Bye bye. Still available over at Nissan though.

  • eb110americana

    Funny, I just parked next to one at the supermarket about 3 hours ago. Also, a good friend has one retrofitted as his work truck for POS repair and service. I never really understood why Chevy would rebadge a Nissan for sales here. When they owned Opel/Vauxhall, they had ready access to actual GM vans.

    They should develop their replacements on the autonomous transport platforms planned for future rideshare services, as those prioritize interior volume and will be ready for autonomous cargo transport.

    • Salih Ahzem

      It’s because GM vans in Europe are either rebadged Fiats (Doblò a.k.a. Ram ProMaster City) or Renaults.

  • NEVER KNEW IT EXISTED OR THAT CHEVY WAS RE-BADGING NISSAN’S.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      So did I…

  • now they will be PSA vans

    • Ilbirs

      As PSA now owns Opel/Vauxhall, this means that the newly acquired brands won’t have outsourced products. This already happened to the Combo and for sure will happen to the Vivaro replacement, leaving only the Movano as a rebadged Renault, while Peugeot and Citroën go with Ducatos with French badges until the French and German arms of PSA develop an own-designed large van to replace both models and stop money draining for competitors to have this kind of product in their lineups.

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