Chevrolet, the General Motors vehicle brand, has been established since 1911. This Detroit-based auto manufacturer focuses mainly on passenger vehicles, such as small, mid size, and full size cars. Chevy also has a lot of years invested in their truck lineup, which has been sold consistently since the 1940s, and as a result, the early lineup of truck-based Chevy sport utility vehicles has been a strong performer since the beginnings of the domestic SUV market. The Chevy SUV lineup expanded and adapted to follow market trends, such as the popularity of car-based crossover SUVs, and Chevy has a broad lineup of SUVs that are sold alongside other Chevy vehicles in nearly every automotive market around the world. General Motors has positioned Chevy as a mainstream brand offering vehicles with high value, although Chevy also makes some high end SUVs and collaborates on premium vehicles with other General Motors brands. Chevrolet vehicles, including Chevy SUVs, are designed and engineered in Michigan, in the United States, and are built in various production facilities around the world. Many current models are assembled in Flint, Michigan and Roanoke, Indiana in the United States, and also in Silao, Mexico.
One of the longest running Chevrolet sport utility vehicles is the Chevy Suburban, which also bears the distinction of being the longest running automobile nameplate in the world. The Chevy Suburban went into production in 1934 for release in the 1935 model year. The Suburban wasn’t always a Chevy SUV, though. For most of its life, the Chevy Suburban was a station wagon that was based on Chevy’s pickup truck platform, which made it a fairly easy transition from a truck-based wagon to a full size sport utility vehicle. It has been sold in rear-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive configurations. The Cadillac Escalade is a luxury version of this Chevy sport utility vehicle. It is assembled in Michigan, Indiana, and Mexico. The Tahoe is another full size Chevy SUV. The Chevy Blazer used to come in two versions, a mid size based on the Chevy S-10 pickup as well as a full size, which have been produced since the early 1990s. In the mid-1990s, Chevy decided the mid size Blazer would keep its name, and the full size Blazer became the Tahoe. The Blazer and Tahoe change helped the Chevy SUV lineup appear more diverse and well rounded. These Chevy SUVs are nearly identical to their GMC counterparts, the Jimmy and Yukon.