The Chevrolet Avalanche is a midsize pickup notable for its clever midgate, comfortable road manners, and remarkable utility.
Although GM discontinued the Avalanche in 2012, there are many used models available for sale.
Find out where the Avalanche models are made before buying one.
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Where Are Avalanches Being Made?
GM manufactured the Chevrolet Avalanche at its Silao Assembly Plant in Silao, Mexico, during the model’s production run. This was to take advantage of lower production costs.
Are Avalanches for the U.S. Market Produced in the U.S.?
GM produced Avalanches for the US market at the Silao factory in Mexico.
This makes the Avalanche one of the few Chevrolet truck models produced overseas and imported in the US.
Many suggest cheaper costs of labor in Mexico made GM opt to produce the Avalanche there instead of the US.
Are They Being Assembled in the U.S.?
GM never assembled the Avalanche in the US during its 12-year production run. As explained earlier, cheaper labor costs made assembling the Avalanche in Mexico a better choice for GM.
How Can You Check Where a Specific Avalanche Was Produced?
Knowing where an Avalanche truck originated from is quite easy. All Chevrolet Avalanches were produced at the same factory: the Silao Assembly Plant in Mexico.
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can also shed light on any Avalanche model’s origins.
The VIN is a mixed series of numbers and letters that serve as your vehicle’s unique identifier.
The first VIN letter or number is the World Manufacturer Identifier, a code that shows a vehicle’s country of manufacture.
For instance, the WMI for vehicles made in Mexico is ‘2’ and that of the USA is ‘1’, ‘4’, and ‘5’.
Please read our article about driving the Chevrolet Avalanche in snow and winter.
Are Japanese or European Built Avalanche Better?
GM never built the Avalanche model in Europe or Japan in the 12 years it sold the vehicles.
Thus, we cannot compare Japanese-made and European-made Avalanches as both don’t exist.
Where Is the Avalanche Designed?
The design of most Chevrolet models takes place at the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan.
It is there we believe GM designed the Avalanche. Marc R. Asposito led the team that designed the original Chevrolet Avalanche.
Where Are Avalanches Made for the Australia Market?
Chevrolet manufactured only a left-hand drive version of the Avalanche, meaning it could not sell it in Australia.
If you want to use the Avalanche in Australia, importing it and paying for the right hand-drive conversion is the only option.
On the other hand, you could be lucky enough to find a model that’s undergone right-hand drive conversion in Australia.
You must, however, know that this will more expensive compared to regular models.
Make sure to read our article about how long the Chevrolet Avalanche lasts.
Where Are Avalanches Made for the Canada Market?
Virtually every Avalanche sold on the Canadian market while the model was in production originated from the Silao Assembly Plant in Mexico.
GM stopped selling the Avalanche in Canada after discontinuing the model in 2013.
Where Are Avalanches Made for the U.K Market?
The Avalanche never had a right-hand drive version and didn’t sell on the UK market.
The only option you have is to import the model into the UK from the US and then pay for conversion to right-hand drive.
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Is Chevrolet Planning to Move Its Production?
GM stopped production of the Chevrolet Avalanche back in 2013 because of low sales.
And from what we know, it has no plans to restart production of the Avalanche soon.
Is Chevrolet Hiring or Firing in the U.S.?
Reports have surfaced of GM firing its workers this year largely because of slowed sales which affected production of vehicles.
This is nothing peculiar, as other big manufacturers such as BMW and Nissan have also laid off workers because of a global fall in demand for vehicles.
Nevertheless, GM is still hiring, albeit on a small scale, at its different plants in the United States.
Is Chevrolet an American Company?
Chevrolet has always been an American company, right since its inception in 1913.
It merged with General Motors (another American company) to create what is one of the biggest American automotive giants.
Most Chevrolet models are made in the United States, although a few are produced abroad.