Chevy Astro Fans Petition GM To Bring Back The Long-Dead Minivan
By: Christopher Smith
Jan 15, 2020
*Full Article at LinkThe Astro was killed in 2005, but it's apparently popular with the current #vanlife crowd.
Do you remember the Chevrolet Astro? We’re betting you do, even if you weren’t around when the not-so-mini minivan debuted in 1985. It endured for 20 years, and along with its GMC Safari twin, over 3 million units ultimately found homes. The front-engine/rear-drive platform never changed, and with available all-wheel-drive, they were pretty useful in low-traction situations. Yes, they had issues and let’s not forget, they endured the height of GM’s monochromatic plastic-for-everything interior design. But the recent #vanlife revolution has brought these spacious, capable machines back into favor with a cult following that yearns for an Astro reboot.
We present bringbacktheastro.com, a website devoted to convincing Chevrolet that a new Astro would be a smart move. Supporting the argument is a passionate “proposition of astronomical proportions” that’s actually a rather moving eulogy to the gone-but-not-forgotten van. More importantly, it highlights the #vanlife movement that is now embracing the Astro as a platform to build custom campers for overland adventures.