We’ve written extensively about the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon and their capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Tahoe and Yukon are made. This seems to be a straightforward question, but these cars consist of many components (engine, transmission, tires, etc.) made in different parts of the world. Let’s start with a quick answer:
For the American market, the Tahoe and Yukon have been assembled in Arlington, Texas, and Janesville, Wisconsin for the first three generations (1991 – 2014). Assembly for the fourth and fifth-generation (2015 – Present-day) takes only place in Arlington, Texas. The engines for these cars are mainly manufactured in Ontario (Canada), Michigan, and Tennessee. The transmissions are primarily built in Toledo, Ohio, and Romulus, Michigan.
However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. Below, we’ll first dive into detail about the assembly location. After, that we’ll give you the complete rundown of where the engines are made, and we’ll do the same for all transmissions used in these vehicles. Finally, we’ll talk about how to identify which tires you have and where they are manufactured precisely. Read on!
Assembly Location Per Generation
The first generation of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, manufactured between 1991 – 2000, were assembled in Arlington, Texas, and Janesville, Wisconsin, for the United States market. For the international market, these cars were also assembled in Silao, Guanajuato in Mexico, Cordoba, Argentina, and Valencia, Carabobo in Venezuela.
For the second generation, manufactured between 2000 – 2006, assembly took place in Janesville, Wisconsin, and Arlington, Texas for the United States market. Assembly also took place in Silao, Guanajuato in Mexico, and Kaliningrad, Russia, for the international market.
The third generation, manufactured between 2007 – 2014, was again assembled in Janesville, Wisconsin (2006 – 2009) and Arlington, Texas for the United States market. The international Tahoe and Yukon were manufactured in Kaliningrad, Russia, Valencia, Carabobo in Venezuela, and Shanghai, China.
The fourth-generation (2015 – 2020) and the fifth-generation (2021 – Present-day) production for the United States market in Arlington, Texas. The fourth-generation was also assembled for the international market in Minsk, Belarus.
Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A GMC Yukon
Now, let’s continue by looking at the engines used for the Tahoe and the Yukon. Furthermore, we’ll also do our best to tell you where each engine generation has been made.
- 5.7 L LO5/L31 V8 The engine block and cylinder heads were cast at Saginaw Metal Casting Operations in Saginaw, Michigan.
- 4.2 L MWM Sprint turbo was manufactured by MWM International Motores in Sao Paulo or Canaos, Brazil or Jesus Maria, Argentina.
- 6.5 L Detroit Diesel L56 turbo V8 where made in Detroit by GMC themselves
- 4.8L LR4 V8 and 5.3L LM7 V8 manufactured at St. Catharines, Ontario and Romulus, Michigan.
For the engines mentioned below, it’s currently unclear where all of them were made. It’s very likely production of these engines also took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, and Romulus, Michigan. However, Spring Hill, Tennessee, is also an option.
- 4.8 L LY2 V8
- 5.3 L LY5 V8
- 5.3 L LMG V8
- 6.0 L LFA V8
- 6.0 L LZ1 V8
- 6.2 L L92 V8
- 6.2 L L9H V8
- 6.2 L L94 V8
- 5.3 L Ecotec3 FlexFuel V8 and 6.2 L Ecotec3 FlexFuel V8 are manufactured in Tonawanda, New York.
- 5.3 L L84 EcoTec3 V8 and 6.2 L L87 EcoTec3 V8 are manufactured in Tonawanda, New York.
- 3.0 L Duramax I6 engine turbodiesel manufactured in Moraine, Ohio.
In this blog, we’ve already talked extensively about the transmissions used in the Chevrolet Tahoe (and the ones used in the GMC Yukon. Below we’ve created a list of the transmissions and the specific locations where these have been built.
First Generation (1995 – 2000)
- 4-speed 4L60E automatic manufactured at the Toledo Transmission in Toledo, Ohio and at Romulus Transmission in Romulus, Michigan and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
- 4-speed 4L80E automatic manufactured at Willow Run Transmission in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- 5 speed ZF S5-42 Manual in Friedrichshafen, Germany
Second Generation (2000 – 2006)
- 4-speed 4L60-E automatic at the same locations as the 4L60 from the previous generation.
Third Generation (2007 – 2014)
- 4-speed 4L60-E automatic at the same locations as the 4L60 from the previous generations.
- 6-speed 6L80 automatic at Willow Run Transmission in Ypsilanti, Michigan and from 2008 onwards also in Toledo, Ohio.
- 4-speed automatic CVT 2ML70 manufactured at Baltimore Transmission in White Marsh, Maryland.
Fourth Generation (2015 – 2019)
- 6-speed 6L80 automatic at the same location as the previous generation.
- 8-speed 8L90 automatic manufactured in Toledo, Ohio (Denali only)
Fifth Generation (2021 – Present)
- 10-speed Hydra-Matic 10L80 automatic made at the Romulus Powertrain Plant, in Romulus, Michigan.
Unfortunately, GMC and Chevrolet have no information about what tires come stock on the Yukon or Tahoe. Therefore, it’s impossible to give information about this. However, there is a way to figure this out yourself.
Suppose you want to know exactly where the tires of your GMC Yukon or Chevy Tahoe are made, then you can look up the DOT code on the side of your tires. This code is not that large, so you’ll have to take a moment to find it. It’s an extended code of letters and numbers that starts with the letters ‘DOT’. DOT stands for Department Of Transportation.
After the DOT letters, you’ll find a combination of three letters, numbers, or a mix. For example, ‘1M3’. In this case, 1M3 indicates Michelin makes the tire in Greenville, South Carolina. You can search on the internet for the specific three number/letter combination you have to find the exact manufacturer and location where the tires are made.
Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Chevy Tahoe
Are Tahoe And Yukon American-Made?
The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are largely American-made. This is because all generations of these cars have been assembled in Texas and Wisconsin. Furthermore, the engines are generally made in Michigan and Tennessee, although some are from Ontario, Canada. Most transmissions are made in Michigan and Ohio, although some were made in Mexico and Germany.