Say Goodbye To The Chevy City Express

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If you want an NV200, you'll have to go to Nissan (and do without the Bowtie badge)

Need a small van to get your work done? Don't turn to your local Chevy dealer anymore, because General Motors has discontinued offering the City Express. Stemming from a partnership with Nissan, the Chevrolet City Express was a rebadged NV200 that served as a quick way for GM to take on the Ford Transit Connect which has dominated the small van segment. But sales never really picked up. As Automotive News reports, Chevy has sold fewer than 30,000 examples of the City Express since introducing it late in 2014. This compared to the 40,000+ of the Transit Connect that Ford has sold on average every year since 2013.

The best year for the now-defunct model was in 2015 – its first full year on the market – when it sold just over 10,000 units. That same year, Nissan sold over 17,000 NV200s in America... and Ford moved over 52,000 Transit Connects. No wonder that the Chevrolet product website now confirms that “the Chevy City Express is no longer available.” Apparently dealers were notified last summer, the last orders taken last September, and the last units were produced at Nissan's plant in Mexico in February.

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The move doesn't effect the full-size Chevy Express (or its twin GMC Savana) which remains the last of the old-school, body-on-frame, full-size vans still available in a market increasingly dominated by European-style vans like the Mercedes Sprinter, Dodge ProMaster, and the full-size Ford Transit. No word on whether GM plans to introduce a new model to take the City Express' place. Its former European division Opel has launched a new Combo, developed together with now-parent PSA Group's Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo. According to Automotive News, the market segment plummeted by 9.5 percent in the US last year, and has fallen another 7.1 percent so far in 2018.

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