Six Facts about the GMC K15/k1500 Suburban
- The Suburban marquee wasn't always solely associated to GMC and the GMC K15/k1500 Suburban. During the 30s, different American car companies such as Dodge and Plymouth named its station wagons the same way as well. It wasn't until the 60s when General Motors, the mother company of GMC, was the only company that could use the Suburban name. Come the late 80s, GM finally acquired the exclusive rights to use the marquee for its cars.
- Under GM, the Suburban marquee has been used to indicate various types of big vehicles. The name has been attached to SUVs, station wagons, and trucks. Simply put, think of a big car manufactured by GM, and there's a big chance it carried the name at one point during its history.
- GM still ended up using Suburban on different models. It seems the name is better used as a platform description rather than a model. To illustrate, the frames that carried the name led to the creation of various GM trucks over the years: the Chevrolet Suburban, the GMC Suburban, and the Cadillac Escalade.
- The C/K designation of GM was used to signify the vehicle's drivetrain. C meant that the car had a front-wheel-drive system. K on the other hand was an all-wheel-drive truck. The K-option, as found in the GMC K15/k1500 Suburban, wasn't introduced to the GM lineup until the 60s. Before that, its vehicles were limited to only to 2WD. The AWD system certainly pleased the people who use their cars for big-man jobs.
- GM uses a very similar naming method to call its models across different makes. To avoid confusion between Chevrolet vehicles, there was a time when GMC used the letters R and V in place of C and K. The letters were different, but the meaning remained the same.
- Don't bother looking for a new truck that's named the GMC K15/k1500 Suburban. As of the year 2000, the Chevrolet Suburban is now the only car to carry the moniker. The successor of the GMC Suburban is now called the GMC Yukon, which still uses the same platform to that of the Chevrolet's.