Chevrolet Owners Consumed 4.22 Petabytes of Data in 2016

Tahoe and Suburban owners’ use of OnStar 4G LTE increased 260 percent


DETROIT — Chevrolet owners in the U.S. used a whopping 4,220,684 gigabytes (or 4,220 terabytes) of data in 2016, an increase of nearly 200 percent over 2015. The most significant increase was seen with Tahoe and Suburban owners, who used three-and-a-half times more data than a year ago.

OnStar 4G LTE enabled by AT&T is part of an extensive list of available technologies that are helping make Tahoe and Suburban the best-selling full-size SUVs in the industry. In 2016, retail sales climbed 21 percent and retail share climbed 2 percentage points to 49.3 percent of the segment.

“As a strategic plan to grow retail sales, Chevrolet has continually invested in new safety, convenience and connected technologies across our trucks, utilities and cars,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “We are attracting new buyers to Chevrolet by offering technologies like OnStar 4G LTE not available on competitive models. New owners are in turn more likely to become repeat Chevrolet customers as these features become an integral part of their day-to-day lives.”

Use of OnStar 4G LTE data grows exponentially
As Chevrolet owners have come to appreciate the ability to stream video on a tablet, send email on a laptop or play online using a gaming console in their vehicles, data use has increased exponentially.

For example, Tahoe and Suburban owners used 713,669 gigabytes of data in 2016, a 260 percent increase over 2015. For perspective, 713,669 gigabytes is equivalent approximately:

  • 3 million hours of streaming standard video
  • 25 million hours of streaming music
  • 1.8 billion song, game or app downloads
  • 1.5 billion photos posted to social media 

OnStar 4G LTE connectivity was introduced across the Chevrolet car, truck and utility portfolio for the 2015 model year in the U.S. and Canada. Today, a 4G LTE connection is standard equipment on all new Chevrolet retail models, along with the OnStar Basic Plan, which also features remote vehicle access and the AtYourService marketplace via the myChevrolet mobile app.

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Segment-defining technology fuels Tahoe and Suburban success
Introduced as all-new models for 2014, the Tahoe and Suburban offer a comprehensive list of safety and security, comfort and convenience, connectivity and performance technologies that improve the ownership experience. (See table below.)

This array of technologies has made Tahoe and Suburban the dominant forces in the full-size SUV market:

  • 40 percent of Tahoe and Suburban retail customers are conquests from other brands. The top trade-ins are Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot and Ford F-Series.
  • 79 percent of owners replace their vehicle with another Tahoe or Suburban, making them the most loyal customers in the full-size segment.  
  • At 49.3 percent of retail sales, Tahoe and Suburban account for nearly one out of two full-size SUVs sold in 2016.  
    • No other brand has a higher retail share for any segment in the U.S.

Available Safety and Security Features

Front Center Air Bag

Haptic driver’s seat

Side Blind Zone Alert

Lane Change Alert

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Forward Collision Alert

Lane Departure Warning

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Automatic Braking

Crash Imminent Automatic Braking

Rear Seat Reminder

Teen Driver mode

Theft Protection Package


Available Connected Technology Features

OnStar 4GLTE

Wireless phone charging

Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Compatibility


Available Comfort and Convenience Features

Pushbutton start

Hands-free lift gate

Powerfolding second and third row

Heated steering wheel

Heated and cooled front seats


Available Performance and Fuel Economy Features

Magnetic Ride Control

Direct Injection

Variable Valve Timing

Active Fuel Management

Automatic Grade Braking

Aluminum hood and lift gate

HID headlights with Intellibeam

Active aero shutter


Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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