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Cars That Stand the Test of Time

3. Volkswagen Transporter
> Year introduced: 1949

Sometimes known as the VW Bus, the Volkswagen Transporter has been in production since 1949, when the automaker needed a second vehicle to sell alongside its Beetle. In its over 70 years on the road, the Transporter has sold over 12 million units.

Volkswagen is rolling out its seventh generation of the Transporter for the 2022 model year — but only in Europe. American sales of the T7 are slated to begin in 2023.

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2. Ford F-Series
> Year introduced: 1948

The Ford F-Series, which includes the F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, and more, has lasted since 1948. The F-Series has grown to dominate the U.S. auto market. It has been the best-selling vehicle in America every year since 1981. Even with a COVID-19-induced dip, Americans bought over 787,000 F-Series trucks in 2020, down from the nearly 900,000 the year before.

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1. Chevrolet Suburban
> Year introduced: 1935

The Chevrolet Suburban is by far the longest-running car in American automotive history, first debuting in 1935 — more than a full decade earlier than any other surviving model. Early models were used by the military during World War II before the design started to resemble the large SUVs recognizable from today.

The Suburban is sometimes thought of as the first SUV, as it provided drivers with enough room to fit their entire family and their belongings by using a truck chassis and topping it with a passenger area. Chevrolet debuted the 12th generation of the Suburban in 2020.

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