Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just 4 wheel utility vehicles to make sure you’re not a robot. Jump to navigation Jump to search “SUV” redirects here. Many SUVs have an upright built body and tall interior packaging, a high seating position and center of gravity, and available all-wheel drive for off-road capability. SUVs overtook lower medium segment cars to become the world’s largest automotive segment in 2015, accounting for 22.
There is no universally accepted definition of the sport utility vehicle. Dictionaries, automotive experts, and journalists use varying wordings and defining characteristics, in addition to which there are regional variations of the use by both the media and the general public. The auto industry has not settled on one definition of the SUV either. In recent years, the term SUV has come in the US to replace the use of “jeep” as a generic trademark and description of these type of vehicles, a name that originated during World War II as slang for the light general purpose military truck. Most government regulations simply have categories for “off-highway vehicles,” which in turn are lumped in with pickup trucks and minivans as “light trucks. Many people question “how can an SUV be called a truck? Jeep” or “Land Rover” are more common.
In Europe, the term SUV has a similar meaning, but being newer than in the U. Jeep”, “Land Rover” or 4×4 are used for the off-roader oriented ones. Not all SUVs have four-wheel drive capabilities, and not all four-wheel-drive passenger vehicles are SUVs. The actual term “Sport Utility Vehicle” did not come into wide popular usage until the late 1980s — prior to then, such vehicles were marketed during their era as 4-wheel drives, station wagons, or other monikers. But perhaps one of the closest of the early SUV-like examples was the 1940 Humber Heavy Utility. Land Rover initially offered a coach-built short station wagon body in 1949, but it was expensive and sold fewer than 700 units. 4-door version was also introduced alongside it.
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1966 Ford Bronco were also shorter than 4-metre, two-door, off-road-focused vehicles. Although they sported more sophisticated body designs, a rear seat was not available in the Scout until 1965, and the rear seat was initially optional equipment in both brands. 1946 Willys Jeep Station Wagon, launched a year before its 1947 Jeep Truck sibling. GMC and Chevy initially only offered the 4×4 option in the form of a dealer-installed NAPCO Power-Pak aftermarket conversion kit — factory four-wheel drive only arrived in 1960. On none of these early, longer vehicles was it obvious to have four side doors. Dodge frequently only had one rear side door on the models that had windows all along the sides.
Only on the 1956 long wheelbase Land Rover were four side doors a normal version. 1940, combined a 4-door closed steel sedan body with an off-roader’s chassis and drive-train but had no rear hatch, tailgate, or doors, and was only for Red Army officers. Russian references credit as possibly being the first SUV with a unitary body rather than body-on-frame construction. Automotive writers and journalists have offered various opinions about what was the “first true SUV”. A vehicle often considered is the 1946 Willys Jeep Station Wagon designed by Brooks Stevens, which was first offered with 4-wheel drive in 1949. 1970s to regulate the fuel economy of passenger vehicles. Car manufacturers evaded the regulation by selling SUVs as work vehicles.
The popularity of SUV increased among urban drivers in the last 25 years and particularly in the last decade. SUVs became popular in the United States, Canada, India, and Australia in the 1990s and early-2000s. 10,000 per SUV, while losing a few hundred dollars on a compact car. The higher cost of labor in the U. Canada compared to the lower wages of workers at non-U.
Toyota made it unprofitable for American auto makers to build small cars in the U. Buyers were drawn to SUVs’ large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. Full-size SUVs often offered features such as three-row seating to effectively replace full-size station wagons and minivans. Social scientists have drawn on popular folklore such as urban legends to illustrate how marketers have been able to capitalize on the feelings of strength and security offered by SUVs. In Australia, SUV sales were helped by the fact that SUVs had much lower import duty than passenger cars did, so that they cost less than similarly equipped imported sedans. However, this gap was gradually narrowed, and in January 2010 the import duty on cars was lowered to match the 5 percent duty on SUVs.