After roughly eleven years of uninterrupted production, General Motors recently stopping building the second-generation Chevy Montana in Brazil, the vehicle’s country of origin and the only place it was manufactured in the world. Sources familiar with the matter informed GM Authority that the last unit of the Montana rolled off the assembly line at the São Caetano do Sul plant at the end of April.
By ending production of the aging Chevy Montana, the automaker is able to update the Brazilian plant in preparation for the manufacturing of a new compact Chevy pickup that will indirectly replace the Montana. In fact, the official confirmation of the upcoming model that will strengthen the brand’s truck portfolio came a few days after the Montana’s production came to a halt.
The Chevy Montana, which was also sold as the Chevy Tornado in Mexico and the Chevrolet Utility in African countries, is a subcompact-sized unibody pickup for developed and designed entirely by GM Brazil’s engineering center, and was destined for emerging markets. It was first released in 2003 as a variant of the popular Chevy Corsa, before being replaced in October 2010 by the current second-generation model.
Since its launch, the Chevy Montana was always offered in one configuration with a single two-passenger cab, unlike its main rivals the Fiat Strada and Volkswagen Saveiro, which progressively introduced double cab variants. For that reason, in addition to never receiving any design or mechanical updates, the second-generation Montana was focused on fleet sales.
The latest Montana was 177.6 inches long, 67 inches wide and 61.8 inches high, mounted on a 104.7-inch wheelbase. Despite being slightly taller than the first-generation model, the subcompact pickup was characterized by its low ground clearance while offering a high-stance cargo bed with a maximum payload of 1,632 pounds.
The Chevy Montana’s production stoppage in Brazil spells the end of the pickup’s sales in several Latin American countries, starting with Mexico during the first quarter of the year, along with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay earlier this month. However, GM will continue to offer the second-generation Montana in the Brazilian market until inventory runs out.