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Chevrolet Celebrates Two Milestones

by Elizabeth Harper on April 06, 2015

10 millionth vehicle off of the Arlington, TX line, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

How long does it take to build a total of 10 million cars, trucks, and SUVs? In the case of Arlington Assembly — a GM manufacturing plant near Dallas, which has been running since 1954 — just over 60 years.  With such a long history, the plant's manufacturing history is a walk down memory lane for American cars:

  • 1 millionth vehicle: 1965 Pontiac Bonneville
  • 2 millionth vehicle: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass
  • 3 millionth vehicle: 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
  • 4 millionth vehicle: 1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 5 millionth vehicle: 1985 Monte Carlo SS
  • 6 millionth vehicle: 1993 Buick Roadmaster
  • 7 millionth vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade
  • 8 Millionth vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 9 Millionth vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 10 millionth vehicle: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

And while 10 million vehicles is a big milestone, the Suburban is celebrating its own milestone: this year is the vehicle's 80th anniversary, making the Suburban the longest continually produced vehicle model in the world. Though the original 1935 Suburban (which seated 8 and had a 60 horsepower engine) is a far cry from today's Suburban (which seats 9 with a 355 horsepower engine), the Suburban has always aimed to combine the best features of cars and trucks. 

Classic and modern models feature a station wagon-style body on a truck frame with a powerful engine for hauling or towing whatever you might need. Though they were originally produced commercial use, the Suburban has also become a popular family vehicle — and of course this year's models have the latest tech, like OnStar's 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. 

How many of us have memories of family vacations in the Suburban? Considering the vehicle's long lifespan, probably lots. 

For a quick trip down memory lane, check out GM's nifty video about the history of the Suburban.

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