November 22, 2004
GM to discontinue Chevy Astro and GMC Safari minivans
Pontiac, Michigan – General Motors announced that its Chevy Astro and GMC Safari, the last rear-wheel-drive minivans on the market, will be discontinued in 2005. As a consequence, the company’s Baltimore, Maryland assembly plant, which exclusively builds the Chevy Astro and GMC Safari, will also close in 2005. The Chevy Astro and GMC Safari were first introduced in the 1985 model year.
“Long-term market softening and the products’ lifecycle have driven GM to make this difficult yet necessary decision,” said Joe Spielman, GM vice president and general manager of Vehicle Manufacturing. “GM can no longer justify building these two products at volumes that are significantly below the plant’s capacity.”