General Motors' Fleet and Commercial Operations debuted the all-new, 2009 model Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana 4500 commercial cutaway van at NTEA's Work Truck Show in Atlanta.
John Gaydash, director of marketing for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, told Fleet Owner the new 4500 model is a Class 4 unit that “fills out the line” for GMC and Chevrolet medium-duty offerings. “The new 4500 chassis brings real choice to Class 4 customers, with great capability, exceptional engineering and numerous best-in-class attributes,” he said. “And we are the only OEM to offer an emissions-compliant V8 diesel in this GVW category.”
According to Gaydash, the chassis was engineered primarily to support the needs of three primary cutaway applications: school buses, shuttle buses and ambulances. He said the Ex-press/Savana 4500's capability is supported by a new, stronger chassis that enables a 14,200-lb. GVWR with lower mass, for a payload rating of 9,100 lbs.
The Express/Savana 4500 is offered with a gas V8 and GM's 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V8, which the OEM said offers better fuel economy over larger engines. In addition, with the new, strong frame and robust powertrains, it offers up to a 20,000-lbs. GCWR “for exceptional towing capability.” Each model comes with GM's 5-yr./100,000-mi. limited powertrain warranty.