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History of the SUV - The World's Greatest Sport Utility Vehicles

Posted in Features on April 1, 2006
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Some of us think of a sport utility vehicle and we see something that we can outfit with four-wheel adventure gear and head out for a weekend of fun in the mountains. Some of us see a grocery-getting kid-hauler that Mom holds the keys to permanently. That is actually the beauty of owning an SUV - its versatility. Giles Chapman does an amazing job showing readers the history of the SUV on both American and foreign soil.

On page 32, you'll find the start of this book's coverage on the Willys Jeep vehicle. The book describes the conception of the vehicle, how it was used in war, what was its first intended purpose, and how it revolutionized the Jeep vehicles we see today. I was pleasantly surprised at how much great information is available throughout the pages of this book. I never knew that Bantam Motors first delivered the Willys back in September of 1938 weighing no more than 1, 275 pounds, did you?

Another rig that you will often find throughout the pages of this magazine is the Ford Bronco. I spent many weekends during my high school days cruising through the mountains of Big Bear, California, in a Ford Bronco. On page 60, the book discusses how Ford took on the Jeep Wagoneer in its quest to create the Bronco, the design flaws Ford first encountered, why it became so popular, and even touches on the future of the vehicle with images of a concept rig that we may or may never see hitting the trails.

Since the day I received this book, it has taken a permanent spot on my coffee table. It has been the conversation piece of many late-night gatherings and has taught me more than a thing or two. With the wealth of European vehicle coverage in this book, I discovered vehicles that I never knew existed, some that are still in production today. This book is a great buy for anyone who reads this magazine; pick yours up today.

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