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Pontiac Trans Sport

The Sport minivan was a peripheral in the 1980s, generally drawing than 30,000 yearly a fraction of what the top-selling Caravan and Plymouth Voyager GM had missed the minivan mark its new-for-’85 rear-drive Chevy Safari, so it drew up a Chrysler-like platform for Trans Sport, a new Lumina APV, and a luxury-oriented Silhouette.

All placed plastic-like panels over a steel like the late Fiero, among minivans but debatable So, too, was the shared dustbuster with a long pointy grafted onto a practical box.

Car and Driver likened the to something out of Star Trek. weird was a dashtop that way ahead to a steeply raked flanked by large, fixed side windows ahead of the doors. Visibility, needless to wasn’t the best.

More useful was available seating for the uplevel Trans SE. This involved lightweight seats for the second and third that could be rearranged to various passenger- and cargo-carrying — a bright new minivan

More useful was available seating for the uplevel Trans SE. This involved lightweight seats for the second and third that could be rearranged to various passenger- and cargo-carrying — a bright new minivan

At first, Trans Sport and only had a 120-bhp version of 3.1-liter V-6, with throttle-body fuel injection of a squirter at each cylinder. was hardly a selling point for a that could be loaded seven ­people and/or of cargo.

But GM made amends for by adding an extra-cost 165-bhp 3.8 plus available antilock The 3.8 gained five bhp for ’93, a pop-up sunroof, leather and steering wheel-mounted audio joined Trans Sport’s roster.

The next year a standard driver-side airbag and power door locks, an optional power sliding side door — and an blunted nose paring 2.3 from overall length, an to silence style critics. traction control arrived that season.

Progress slowed as a planned drew near: just a interlock for ’95, and a new 180-bhp V-6 as the sole engine for ’96. In these minivans were example of how GM so often stumbles attempting to innovate.

A redesigned Sport arrived in 1997. that year’s Olds and new Chevy Venture, it reverted to all-steel construction with minivan styling that be termed attractively forgettable. could now opt for five-passenger and extended versions on separate wheelbases, a nod to the Chrysler Corporation minivans, overhauled the previous year.

Also aping Chrysler’s was an available left-side sliding door, which later standard and could be electrically like the power right-side GM had pioneered.

All the new GM models were judged the best-handling minivans. Sport went furthest a Montana Package comprising suspension, alloy wheels and control, plus jazzy exterior.

Pontiac Trans Sport

Reasonably priced at $1000-$1200 depending on model, option proved so popular Montana replaced the Trans name for ’99 (except in though most previous features continued in a Performance and option.

This new blend of practicality, Pontiac flair, and low-$20,000 pricing more doubled Trans Sport for 1997. But volume went higher afterward, and Dodge more than four as many Caravans each Though all minivans were regarded as uncool soccer mom with a consequent softening in demand, GM’s entries had problem in being visibly than their rivals.

This reflected a basic created partly for the tight of Europe, where it was sold as the Sintra. Most Americans like their minivans so and thus shopped elsewhere.

A static product didn’t Pontiac’s cause, either. the only changes of note ’97 were an optional rear-seat DVD video system standard OnStar (2001); and fold-flat third-row seat, all-wheel-drive, and ultrasonic rear-obstacle-detection (2002).

The benign neglect was unfortunate. other GM efforts approaching the new the Trans Sport/Montana was basically a vehicle, just not quite the market wanted.

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