Pontiac Trans Sport – The Full Wiki

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The Trans and its sibling models were by General Motors to compete the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Because the larger Chevrolet and the GMC Safari mini-vans were on a body-on-frame. rear wheel truck platform, they to a different segment of the market and did not put a dent in Chrysler ‘s complete dominance of the minivan in the late eighties. The GM minivans, more successful than the duo in terms of market share, able to capture a large of the market away from the models.

Original concept

shown to the public in 1986, the Trans Sport concept car was well received. It featured styling, individually removable seats with built-in speakers, a gull-wing rear door and extensive use of glass a glass-paneled roof as well as other dream car features.

Based on the warm reception the vehicle received, the Pontiac Sport was approved for production, but as is the case, the styling and features on the concept did not make the translation to the edition. The gullwing door was too expensive to produce and would have hit overhead garage in suburban garages.

The glass was too heavy and too expensive, so the resultant vehicle made-do with black painted panels for the to suggest the glass canopy the sported.

Chevrolet and Oldsmobile also given production based on the Trans Sport in to cover the widest possible of potential customers. It was intended the Lumina APV would be the value-priced The Trans Sport would net the sport- and style-oriented buyers, and the Silhouette would be the minivan for the market.

Technology and innovative features

The view of a Trans Sport may the origin of the minivan’s dustbuster

Assembled in the now-defunct General Tarrytown, New York assembly these U platform vans of a galvanized steel space wrapped in composite plastic panels that were to rust and minor dents and a manufacturing technique developed on the Fiero and used extensively on Motors’ Saturn line of

The Trans Sport was available seating for seven, with the light-weight (34 lb or 15 kg) rear seats individually reconfigurable and removable. In built-in child seats added to the option list, provided the ability to switch two of the seats between … and seating with the pull of a tab.

Included with the level package, which utilized a and air-pressurized rear shock to maintain vehicle height of load, was a control panel and air kit that allowed the vehicle to be to inflate tires, air mattresses, equipment and the like.

In 1994, a power sliding door was added, a General Motors which is now found in almost other minivan available.

For the and 1995 model years control was available with the engine option.

Modest success

The design of these was controversial. At the time that the Trans Sport and its siblings conceived, no one had tried to market a or sporty minivan, and GM felt this represented a potentially market segment that the Chrysler minivans failed to They styled these to be lower and sleeker than any of the brands on the market.

The extremely large, long and windshield and the resultant long to the base of the windshield when in the drivers seat made for a driving experience until a could adjust to the different Automotive magazines christened the new dustbusters after Black and ‘s trademark for handheld cleaners, since the minivans a similar side profile to the vacuum cleaners.

European Trans Sport

The first engine in these was a meager 3.1 L V6, that produced 120 hp (89 kW), which was not up to the task of these fairly heavy around with any authority. In the Trans Sport and its siblings the 170 hp (127 kW) 3.8 L 3800 V6 as an option, provided much better and acceleration for the vans, making the most powerful as well as handling minivans in production at the

In response to criticism (and modest sales) attributable to the avant-garde styling, feedback potential customers, automotive and even chiding in Chrysler advertising, in 1994, the Trans and Lumina APV received a facelift, the nose by 3 inches (76 mm) and toning-down of the to effect a more conventional Additionally a ridge was added to the dashboard to lessen the perceived to the base of the windshield.

Europe, which had grown to sleek minivans thanks to the Espace. did not object to the futuristic and sales were respectable, so the was made to retain the original on the European version which, the 1994 model year was an Oldsmobile Silhouette, transformed a Pontiac Trans Sport by the of Pontiac badging and wheels. specificity was the 1995 introduction of a, for the European market, diesel It used a PSA 1.9 litre turbodiesel 90 hp (67 kW) which was clearly underpowered.

of this generation of U Platform ceased in 1996, at which the Tarrytown plant which them and had been in operation 1900 was shuttered and scheduled for

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