You ability acquisition #VanLife bustling up in your Instagram augment now and again, but a growing accumulation of Chevy Astro admirers appetite it to be added like #NineVanLives. An online address from two Astro enthusiasts, complete with a affected new Astro bartering that’s abounding of ’80s video appropriate furnishings alongside some actual un-’80s bombinate and action-cam footage, is calling on GM to accompany the Astro van aback to production.
Django Greenblatt-Seay, one of the address organizers, is an apparent Astro van fan—”My abandoned ambition in activity is to get General Motors to accompany aback the Astro,” he says—and his Change.org address proves he’s not alone. As of this writing, 453 bodies accept active the “Bring Aback the Astro Van” petition.
That’s a tiny atom of the bodies who purchased an Astro van during the two decades that GM awash the Astro and its sibling, the GMC Safari van. The vans were congenital beyond two ancestors from 1985 to 2005. About 3.2 actor units were awash aback in the day, but the ones that abide on the acclimated bazaar are not abundant to accommodated appeal in 2020, Greenblatt-Seay says, acquainted that there’s a gap in the bazaar for mid-size vans with all-wheel drive.
“Everyone who has endemic an Astro knows how able they are, and there’s annihilation attainable appropriate now that can do what it can in such a baby package,” Greenblatt-Seay told Car and Driver. “For bodies who adulation camping like Brian [co-petition organizer Brian Ayers] and I do, we can about-face them into band for pennies on the dollar. We charge new vans so that two or three years from now, creative, adventuresome bodies will be able to acquisition an affordable mid-size all-wheel-drive van with low miles.”
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Ayers told C/D that award an Astro in acceptable action takes a lot of accomplishment these days. “We attending all over the abode for them,” he said. “Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Django and I occasionally abrade the used-car lots in Omaha attractive for them, but they’re not attainable to locate anymore. Even admitting they haven’t been in assembly for 15 years, there’s been a abutting bearing of owners that continues to ascertain aggregate an Astro can do.”
The Astro started out as a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with all-wheel drive acceptable an advantage in 1990. The van’s simple, archetypal box appearance has been accepted with alfresco adventurers who like to adapt their rigs with sleeping and affable spaces. They acquisition the Astro to be a acceptable way to get out into alien areas while still befitting some of the animal comforts of RV-ing.
Ayers said he understands that the Accompany Aback the Astro attack has a continued way to go, but he charcoal confident. “We apperceive it’s activity to booty a lot added than 400 signatures for GM to booty notice,” he said. “What the abracadabra cardinal is, we don’t know. But we do anticipate there are abundant of us out there to get GM’s attention.” GM did not acknowledge to C/D’s appeal for animadversion on the petition.
Should a awakening absolutely happen, Ayers and Greenblatt-Seay don’t appetite GM aloof to advertise the aforementioned old Astro again. A few updates would be welcome, the address says: “Since we’re here, let’s do it with added attainable atom plugs and universally sized alcohol holders, please.”