The Chevrolet Avalance has been the company's answer to customers who use full-size pickup trucks for hauling passengers as much as cargo. Introduced in 2000, it was based on the Chevrolet Suburban and offered an innovative feature called the Midgate that created an extra-long bed when owners removed the rear glass and seats.
In its second generation, introduced in 2006, the Avalanche became even more luxurious and powerful with an available 6.2-liter V8. But sales fell, as did all pickup sales thanks to the Recession and rising gas prices. The Avalanche will be discontinued after the 2013 model year, replaced by GM's next-generation full-size Silverado and Sierra trucks.