The production of a full-size GMC Vandura van began at General Motors plants in Lordstown, Wentzville and Scarborough in April 1970 as a 1971 model; in its design, it resembled a Ford Econoline. The predecessor of the Vandura was GMC Handi-Van.
Various modifications of GMC Vandura were produced: three-door and four-door models (the rear hinged door, according to American tradition, is not considered), rear-wheel drive (G-series) and all-wheel drive (H-series) cars. The Vandura was also sold as a Chevy Van with the difference that its equipment, like the GMC SUVs, was improved compared to the Chevrolet versions.
The design of the first-generation Vandura was used passenger platform Chevrolet Sportvan, as well as borrowed electrical equipment and brakes. The dimensions of the car with a "short" body were 4526/2019/2017 mm, the length of the 4-door model - 610 mm more. The wheelbase of the short-body version was 2,793 mm; in the long wheelbase, it was 3,174 mm. The cabin capacity of the Vandura in the latter case reached 15 passenger seats.
Some internal components, such as the steering column and wheel, were used on Chevrolet / GMC C / K pickups. The power units installed on the Vandura, were again similar to the engines used on the GMC pickups. The engine range included V8 petrol engines of 6.2 liters (130 hp and 145 hp) and 5.7 liters (185 hp), as well as V6 of 4.3 liters (150 liters .with.). The car was equipped with both 4-speed manual and 3-and 4-speed automatic transmissions.
In 1978, the front part of the car was updated, there were modified headlights and a plastic grille facing the radiator from light-duty pickups of this manufacturer. In 1980, new exterior mirrors were installed on the Vandura. In 1983, the van received a new manual gearbox, installed outdoor, and an adjustable tilt steering column, as well as "two-tier" square headlights. In 1985, GMC Vandura purchased a new rear optics and split 40:60 rear doors.
The second generation Vandura has traditionally used suspension elements, electrical equipment, transmission and brakes from Chevrolet / GMC C-series pickups. Also, another facelift has undergone the front of the car, in particular the grille.
The curb weight of the 3-door 2-seater version of the Cargo Van was 1811 kg, and the cargo volume of the body - 5873 liters. Lifting capacity was 972 kg, and pulling force - 2724 kg.
In the Extended version (a compact pickup truck with an extended cab), the curb weight was 2175 kg, the cargo volume reached 7376 liters, and the body dimensions were 5184/2019/2017 mm with a wheelbase of 3175 mm. The lifting capacity of this modification was increased to 1,899 kg, and the pulling force - 3,178 kg.
The basic gasoline engine V6 12V of 4.3 liters developed 165 hp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 kg / m at 2400 rpm. Fuel consumption with a 4-speed automatic transmission in urban mode was 14.6 liters, and 11.2 liters per 100 km of the highway. In 1993, the new automatic transmission 4L60E was introduced, and in 1994, the driver's airbag appeared as standard. In addition, the basic equipment of the car included ABS on all wheels, power brakes, AM / FM / Audio system, vinyl upholstery and 15-inch wheels.
In 1996, on the basis of GMC Vandura, GMC Savana (analogue - Chevrolet Express) was created, until 1997, these models were produced in parallel. Savana later became one of the most popular sales among minivans in the United States.