2015 Chevrolet Suburban is GM Arlington’s 10-Millionth Vehicle
GM Celebrates 80 Years of Suburban, 60 Consecutive Years of Arlington Production
There are few vehicles as archetypally American as the Chevrolet Suburban. Although the Willys MB is frequently cited as being the “first” SUV, the Suburban predates it by six years, making a credible case for the Suburban truly being the first SUV. GM has just commemorated the 10-millionth vehicle produced at Arlington since it’s re-opening in 1954, a black 2015 Chevrolet Suburban.
The big bruiser has seen a lot of changes in its 80 year history, going from a basic panel-van type concept to today’s luxurious, advanced fullsize SUV. Likewise, General Motors’ plant in Arlington, Texas, has seen a lot of changes in its nearly century-long history. Although the plant has been in continual operation since 1954, its origins date all the way back to 1917, when it built the Chevrolet Series 490 until 1922, when it was shuttered due to flooding from the nearby Trinity River.
Since the factory’s re-opening in 1954, it has built many notable fixtures from GM’s history, including the Chevrolet Bel Air, Pontiac Chieftain, the Chevrolet Caprice, and most recently, GM’s fullsize trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and its fullsize SUVs, including the Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade. Since late 2014, Arlington is dedicated to exclusively building the K2XX fullsize SUVs, with pickup production moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Flint, Michigan, as well as Silao, Mexico.
Source: General Motors