The decline in popularity for the minivan, down 50% this year, has led to rumors that General Motors will be dropping all minivans from its future lineup. An inside source from GM commented to The Detroit News that the company has no immediate plans to build minivans after the upcoming closure of its Doraville plant in Georgia where the Chevy Uplander and Buick Terraza are built.

The market for minivans is currently led by Honda and Chrysler, but carmakers are focusing on developing crossover vehicles, which are expected to be the next wave of family-friendly transport. For GM, this entails its GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and the Buick Enclave.

However, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has told reporters that there’s been no official move to pull out of the minivan market. Ford on the other hand did make the move to abandon minivans earlier this year. GM's minivan sales have fallen nearly 50 percent since 2000, while the industry figure is a decline of roughly 20%.