The Sidekick rode the early popularity of the Samurai. The Sidekick was a larger, more substantial vehicle with better on road driving characteristics compared with the Samurai. The Sidekick came as a four door or soft-top two door. The Sidekick was also sold by Geo dealerships as the Tracker. Suzuki Sidekick parts may be shared by the Geo. Similar vehicles were sold under the Asuna and Pontiac brands in Canada. The Sidekick was the right vehicle at the right time coming out just as sport utility vehicles were gaining popularity on the market. Its compact size and small fuel efficient engines set it apart from the larger SUVs on the market. Though known as the Escudo in some markets, the Sidekick was replaced by the Vitara in 1998.