The Chevrolet Venture was a minivan produced from 1997 to 2005. The Venture was replaced by the Chevrolet Uplander in 2005.
In 1996, the Chevy Venture was introduced as a replacement for the Chevrolet Lumina APV. The Venture had a 3.4L V6 engine and all Ventures were offered with automatic transmissions only. A Warner Brothers edition was also offered from 2001 to 2005 and featured a DVD entertainment center. The Warner Brothers Edition also had a Bugs Bunny leaning against the Warner Brothers Logo.
The 1997 Chevy Venture received a rating of four stars out five in a head on collision from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and test on subsequent model years yielded 4 stars in most categories.
The Venture has also been marketed in Europe under the name Opel Sintra and in the United Kingdom as a Vauxhall. Chevrolet Europe sold a few models, mostly United States dometic market models which had been modified to European specification. Among them were the Chevrolet Trans Sport which was a cross bodywise between a Chevrolet Venture and a Pontiac Trans Sport.
Both the Chevrolet Venture and the Chevrolet Astro were replaced by the similar new 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The Chevrolet Venture was manufactured in at the assembly plant in Doraville, GA.
The Chevy Tahoe was introduced in 1994 as the rebadged full sized Chevy Blazer. In 1995, the Tahoe received an overhaul and was reintroduced with a 4 door version.
The Tahoe/Yukons were based on the Suburban and shared the GMT400 platform but were shorter in length than the Suburban. Built on a true truck chassis, the Tahoe is based on the full size pickup truck, the Silverado. Both two-door and four-door models were produced as well as rear wheel and four wheel drive. Autotrac and Onstar were added as options in 1998.
A Chevrolet Tahoe Limited Edition was introduced in the year 2000 but was only produced for one year. Two new engines were also offered for the 2000 model year. One was the 4.8 Liter Vortec small block V8. Although smaller the the 5.7 Liter it replaced, it produced more power.
To promote the Tahoe in 2007, the suv was featured on The Apprentice. A contest was held that allowed entrants to put together their own commercial for the New Tahoe.
The Chevrolet Hybrid Tahoe made its debut in fall of 2007 with a base package price of around $50,000. The hybrid uses a 6.0 liter v8 engine and two electric motors that charge a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery and the vehicle can run either on gasoline alone, battery alone or a combination of the two. The starting price for the 2009 model has increased to $51,405 for the base package.