After a 20-year run, General Motors' original minivans have reached the end of the line. GM confirmed last week that the 2005 model year is the last for the truck-based Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari.
It also marks the end of the Baltimore assembly plant, which opened in 1935. The plant employs 1,000 hourly and 100 salaried workers, but they have little work to do. Through the first 10 months, the Baltimore plant built only 41,000 Astros and Safaris.