The Geo Tracker entered the scene as a mini SUV in 1989. The vehicle was created by CAMI, a partnership involving General Motors of Canada and Suzuki. North American Models were planned to be manufactured in Cami's Ontario, Canada plant together with its sister vehicle, the domestic-built Suzuki Sidekick. All 1989 and some 1990 US Trackers were manufactured in Japan due to delays at the CAMI manufacturing plant in Canada. In 1990 output commenced in Ontario, and all Tracker manufacturing moved to that manufacturing plant.
The Tracker was originally driven by Suzuki's 1. 6L SOHC 4-cylinder engine generating 80 hp. The trim levels in 1989 were base convertible, hardtop or LSi hardtop. The LSi bundled Air Conditioning, Chrome Wheels, intermittent wipers, rear window wiper/washer, a spare tire cover, 3 speed automatic transmission, tinted glass, and specially designed front and rear bucket seats. In 1990 the LSi bundle was offered on the convertible versions as well. All Trackers had four wheel drive until a base two wheel drive convertible was released in 1992. The two door hardtop models were offered until 1995 when they were retired to make room for the four door hardtop wagon in the next year. While Suzuki began importing Sidekick 4-doors in 1991 CAMI didn't begin providing these until the 1996, when The US obtained a 4-door Geo Tracker. In 1998 the Geo nameplate was brought back to Chevrolet at which point all Geo Models including the Tracker were rebadged as Chevrolet vehicles.
The Geo Tracker created new waves in the light SUV industry. With a distinct look, the Geo Tracker has the engine of a light truck but the capabilities of a Jeep. Able to withstand the off-road trails, Geo Trackers were the forefront of the trails. Loaded with a heavy-duty front end suspension and the notorious recirculation ball steering box allow this light weight vehicle to compete with the big dogs. Rugged, ridged, and petite gave the Geo Tracker many advantages. Some other obvious differences in the Geo Tracker and other light SUVs was the front differential was placed ahead of the engine and the coil springs on the rear axles were that of a light truck. The Geo Tracker rides as though it was a small truck but was able to withstand the harsh terrain conditions.
The first generation of the Geo Trackers was cancelled in 1998 to make room for the production of the second models. The Sidekick still held strong until 2004 when production took a halt. Geo Trackers are still cruising the streets today, proving that their overall quality is unstoppable!