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GMC Safari Sales Figures

GMC Safari

The GMC Safari was a minivan that was produced by GMC from 1985 to 2005. It was introduced as a 1985 model year and was based on the Chevrolet Astro. The Safari was known for its spacious interior, comfortable ride, and reliability. It was a popular choice for families and businesses.

GMC Safari Overview

The GMC Safari is a minivan that was produced by the GMC division of General Motors. It was essentially a twin to the Chevrolet Astro, as both were produced on the same platform and shared many components. These vehicles are notable for their rear-wheel drive (and optional all-wheel drive) setup, distinguishing them from the more typical front-wheel drive minivan configuration. The GMC Safari was introduced in 1985. It saw continuous production until 2005, after which it was discontinued.

Unlike most other minivans, which are front-wheel drive, the Safari was designed with a rear-wheel-drive platform. This provided certain advantages, such as towing capacity. The Safari also had an available all-wheel-drive option, which gave it better traction in various conditions. Over its production lifespan, the Safari was available in both passenger and cargo van configurations.

Various engine options were made available over the years, but by the end of its production, the Safari was commonly equipped with a 4.3-liter V6 engine. This engine provided a balance between power and fuel economy, making the Safari suitable for both personal and commercial use.

The main competitors for the GMC Safari were other minivans like the Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. However, its rear-wheel-drive configuration and truck-like build made it somewhat unique in the segment. Production of the Safari (and its twin, the Astro) ceased in 2005. By that time, the design was considered dated, and GM opted not to invest in a redesign, instead focusing on other vehicles in their lineup.

GMC Safari Sales Figures

Today, the GMC Safari is remembered as a rugged, versatile minivan that blurred the lines between van and SUV. Its durable design means that many are still on the road, often serving as work vehicles.

GMC Safari U.S Sales Data & Charts

US Annual Sales

Year Sales Units
1995 41,795
1996 39,999
1997 35,787
1998 30,921
1999 31,840
2000 32,444
2001 18,533
2002 13,665
2003 1,095
2004 8,345
2005 3,436
2006 56
2007 13

US Annual Growth