Production of first GMC Vandura models was initiated by General Motors in the year 1970. The concept car was designed as the near-twin of prominent Ford Econoline. GMC Handi-van is regarded as a predecessor to Vandura. First cars of this outline had several modifications. First of all, there was a distinction between 3- and 4-door models. Secondly, one could differentiate between four-wheel drive (H-series) and rear drive cars (G-series). First cars of that line had better standard configuration parameters compared to similar versions of Chevrolet minivans. General Motors produced several generations of the model, each crucially different from the previous one.
The first generation of GMC Vandura was based on the platform of Chevrolet Sportsvan. Though some modifications and upgrades took place, still the cars of this generation were used for utilitarian purposes. The engine’s 6.2-liter V8 with 130 or 145 horsepower, supplied by a 4-speed mechanical or 3- or 4-speed automatic transmission worked fine in urban area. In 1978 there were several upgrades of the front side of the van: there appeared redesigned back-lit lights and plastic radiator bars. The interior of a car offered a roomy 15-passengers cab.
In the 1990-ies GMC Vandura returned with some new features. The car could then tackle all the daily needs and sufficed perfectly well for urban use. The car became powered by a 165-horsepower, 4.3-liter V6 engine, which made it a workhorse for those requiring the functionality of a full-size van.
In the year 1993 the car was equipped with an innovative system of automatic transmission. Also, airbags and ABS were included into standard configuration of GMC Vandura. The car was also powered by anti-lock brakes and 15-inch discs.
As for the interior of the car, it was equipped with AM/FM audio system; there were also lots of useful storage bins. Passengers had dual access doors but one of the drawbacks of the design was the absence of a tall-roof option, which made the ride not very comfortable. Another drawback of the design is abundance in plastic elements, which made the cabin look somewhat cheap.
Nowadays GMC Vandura’s latest versions can boast having great popularity among minivans, especially GMC Savana.