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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 9:47 am    Post subject: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

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USA: Redesigned GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover sports vans' - paper

General Motors will drop the word ‘minivan’ and give the Chevrolet Venture and Pontiac Montana a different look when they are replaced for the 2005 model year, according to Automotive News.

The trade newspaper said that GM intends to create a taller vehicle that will resemble an SUV but retain the cargo-carrying and people-carrying features of a minivan. GM insiders say the vehicle will be billed as a "crossover sport van," or "CSV."

Buick and Saturn will have their own versions from the 2006 model year, the report added.

Automotive News said that, with the move, GM hopes to shake an image that equates minivan owners with "soccer moms." It also hopes to make a mark in a segment in which it has had little success over 14 years.

The paper said the front end of the new vehicles will feature a tall, prominent grille, combined with tall fenders to house the headlights. It will be several inches higher than the 2003 Venture, whose base version is 67.4 inches tall.

By comparison, Automotive News noted, the styling signature of today's minivans is a short, sloping nose with a short, wide grille. Minivans typically have a ground clearance of about six inches.

"We think there is an opportunity to mix all of the interior flexibility of a van ... with a different look on the outside that walks away from the traditional minivan look," a GM insider told Automotive News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

All-wheel drive will continue to be available, the newspaper added. The president of consulting firm AutoPacific, George Peterson, told Automotive News that GM is making a smart move. US minivan sales plunged 17.2% from 2000 to 2002, and Peterson says they carry a stigma.

"If you ask people about buying a vehicle in the minivan category, they will say, 'Only if I'm forced to,' " he told the newspaper, adding: "If GM can believably call it something different, that may help stimulate sales interest."
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

Yuck!! Does this mean that the GM "minivans" will actually look loke the Aztek and Rendezvous? Sounds pretty scary to me.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

Really unlikely, they might look a bit more like the Element or Scion Xb though.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

It's called Astro, dosn't scion look like astro. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

funny

True that...true that...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

Just another piece of Chevy... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 11:07 am    Post subject: Re: New GM minivans to be taller and billed as 'crossover' Reply with quote

Another GM attempt to give customers what they don't want? Perhaps they will surprise me and have a hit here.
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