Geo was founded in 1989 in the United States by General Motors as a subsidiary of Chevrolet. Its direction was the development and production of budget cars with various types of bodies (coupe, sedan, SUV) for the needs of American consumers.
Geo plants were established in partnership with Toyota in California, and a Canadian division was created in conjunction with Suzuki.
In 1989, the first series of Geo Metro cars was released (with the assistance of Chevrolet) - there were three variants of hatchbacks - three-door, four-door (in Canada) and five-door, which had three types of configuration - XFI, LSi, base. All cars had a three-cylinder engine with three-speed (automatic) and five-speed (manual) gearboxes. Equipping vehicles with airbags made them safe and attractive to buyers. In 1995, Metro underwent changes: the body design became more modern and stylish, engine power increased to 70 hp, airbags became double, an improved braking system (anti-lock braking) appeared. Subsequently, three more times this series underwent changes (1998, 2000 and 2001).
In 1990, the Geo convertible rolled off the assembly line, but production lasted only three years, and in 1993 it was finally discontinued.
In 1991, the Geo Prizm model (based on the Toyota Corolla) was released, which had a great design both inside and outside, and equipped with a soft suspension that made it comfortable for passengers to ride. Engines with a volume of 1.6-1.8 liters were offered as power plants. Prizm was produced until 1997, becoming a long-liver among other models of the company.
His first and last SUV Tracker (based on the Suzuki Sidekick)
company "Geo" released in 1994. It was powered by a 95 horsepower 1.6-liter injection engine, plug-in all-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission. Young drivers liked the car due to its low price and high maneuverability, as well as pleasant design. However, in 1996, the company's management decided to withdraw it from production.
The compact car, the Geo Storm (based on the Isuzu Impulse), first rolled off the assembly line in 1990 and was completed in 1993. It was produced at the factories of Isuzu Motors, one of GM's partners. The car had a sporty look, excellent technical characteristics and low cost, as well as low fuel consumption, which made it very popular. In the same period and with the same partner, a compact car Geo Spectrum (based on the Isuzu Gemini) appeared.
Geo also produced other car models, such as the Geo Metro hatchback, through its Chevrolet dealer network. However, demand for them dropped significantly in the mid-1990s, and General Motors decided to transfer all the developments to Chevrolet. In 1997, the Geo brand ceased to exist, but its Tracker and Metro cars can still be found on the roads.