7 The Suzuki Sidekick is a Mini Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that was manufactured and marketed by Suzuki, CAMI Automotive. The Suzuki Sidekick was introduced in 1989 and is a successful model that was manufactured for fourteen years till the 2003 model year. The parts of the Suzuki Sidekick were assembled in different plants that include the plant in Hamamatsu, Japan; Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada; Linares, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain and also the assembly in Kosai, Japan.
The Suzuki Sidekick used the used the FR layout; front engine model with rear wheel drive and optional all wheel drive. The Suzuki Sidekick was known by different names based on the part where it was sold. The main names that were used for the Suzuki Sidekick are: Asüna Sunrunner, Chevrolet Tracker, Chevrolet Vitara, Chevrolet, Grand Vitara, Geo Tracker, Mazda Proceed Levante, Pontiac Sunrunner, Santana 300/ 350, Suzuki Vitara and the Suzuki Escudo. The Suzuki Sidekick was available in the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the Convertible body styles.