The production of GMC Vandura (a full-sized van) began in General Motors factories in Lordstown, Wentzville and Scarborough in April 1970 .
The various modifications of GMC Vandura were available : a 3- and 4-doors models, the G-series with rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive H-Series. Vandura was solded also by the name Chevy Van, but like SUVs of GMC.
The construction of the first generation of GMC Vandura was based on the platform of Chevrolet Sportvan, and borrowed its electrics and the brake system. Vandura’s seat capacity was 15 seats.
Some internal components such as the steering column and wheel and also the power units were the same as the ones used for the pick-up Chevrolet / GMC C / K. The V8 petrol engines of 6,2 l (130 hp and 145 hp) and 5.7 liters (185 hp) and the V6 of 4.3 liters (150 liters) were available on this car. The van was equipped with a 4-speed manual, and 3 or 4-speed automatical transmission.
In 1978 the exterior was updated, headlights and plastic grille radiator grille borrowed from the light pickups of GMC. In 1980 there were installed new exterior mirrors on Vandura. In 1983, the van has got a new manual transmission, installed outdoor. In 1985 GMC Vandura was equipped with new back lights and the size of the doors.
The second generation of Vandura traditionally used the suspension, electrics, transmission and brakes from pickups Chevrolet / GMC C-series.
The basic V6 12V petrol engine of 4.3 liters develops 165 hp at 4000 r/min and maximum torque of 350 kg/m at 2400 r/min. The fuel consumption with a 4-speed automatic transmission in the urban mode was 14.6 liters, and the highway - 11.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
In 1993 was introduced a new automatic transmission 4L60E, and in 1994 appeared the driver's airbag as standard. In addition, the basic equipment included ABS on all wheels, power brakes, AM / FM / Audio-system and 15-inch wheels.
In 1996 on the base of GMC Vandura was created GMC Savana (analogue - Chevrolet Express), up to 1997, these models were produced in parallel. Savana has become one of the most popular-selling minivan in the USA.