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Today we are accustomed to seeing huge SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) crowding our urban streets. Many loathe these vehicles for the environmental damage and congestion which they cause. Yet there was a market for this type of vehicle long before they became a status symbol for the aspiring middle classes.
The original off-roader was a hugely over-powered motor car which was developed by the US army to do anything from pulling light artillery to taking troops across difficult terrain. Because they could do almost anything, these vehicles were called General Purpose Vehicles, which soon became shortened to G.P. and then to 'Jeep'.