Updated August 19, 2019
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Chevrolet Suburban At 80: A Historical Look At An American Icon
In 1935, the United States' population was a little more than 127 million. Franklin D. Roosevelt was President, a first-class stamp cost three cents, Technicolor was introduced to motion pictures and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs in a tough World Series. It was also the birth year of three world famous monikers that are still with us today. Zippo lighters, Airstream Campers and the Chevrolet Suburban. In the eight decades since its introduction, the Suburban has become an icon and the industry's longest-running model. In fact, Suburban is the first vehicle to reach 80 years of production and is still one of the best selling models in history. Times have changed, but the Suburban remains a fixture in the industry for private and professional customers who need truck-like towing capability with maximum passenger and cargo space,' said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet general manager. 'The Suburban's core capabilities and dependability have remained constant for more than eight decades and generations of people know that a Suburban will haul people and their gear.'
The Suburban wasn't just a significant model for Chevrolet, it was an important vehicle for the car industry as a whole. A tough, no-nonsense load carrier featuring a station wagon body on the chassis of a truck. Actually called the Suburban Carryall – for it could pretty much carry anything – its origins could be traced back to 1933 and a wooden eight-seater body on half ton truck frame, intended for National Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps units. When made available to the public, it gained an all-metal body fitted with either rear panel doors or a tailgate. "They were doing a crossover between a car and a truck," says Ed of the vehicle that gave birth to what is now the longest continuous name to be used on a car. "And it's got a cool interior, too, a real neat one. One might consider it the first true crossover."
Chevrolet introduced in 1935 the "Suburban Carryall", a vehicle that changed the automobile market. With a focus on functionality, the foundation of the new concept was "to carry all". At long last, the whole family was to find sufficient space in one car – and preferably the fishing equipment too. To build this automobile, Knudsen's engineers used a conventional truck chassis, but instead of installing a loading floor, as in the case of pick-ups, they had designed a generous passenger compartment in which up to 8 persons found sufficient seating space on three rows of seats and a very sound 90 horse- power engine provided the necessary power to "carry" it all.
1935 Chevrolet Suburban
2015 Chevrolet Suburban
For its 80th anniversary, the Suburban was redesigned, taking the auto industry’s longest continually produced vehicle into a ninth decade, while maintaining the passenger- and cargo-hauling capability that has made it a legend for more than eight decades. The redesigned vehicle is sleeker and features details such as inlaid doors that complement good looks with quietness. “The exterior designs of the 2015 Suburban is refined and precisely sculpted,” said Ed Welburn. “It reflects Suburbans greater functionality, technology and refinement, forging a new presence for Chevrolet Suburban that is conveyed with unmistakable brand heritage."
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