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2009 Dodge RAM 1500 SLT 4-door pickup -- NHTSA 02

A Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab

THW OV Naumburg (Saale)

In Germany extended cabs on light trucks, such as this Mercedes-Benz T2, are often favored for public service vehicles.

Honda Ridgeline 4WD Heck

A Honda Ridgeline "SUT".

Crew Cabs are an extended cab bodystyle commonly found on utes or pickup trucks. This cab design typically has forward-facing rear seating and four front-hinged doors to provide sedan-like accommodations for up to 6 passengers. In the United States, International Harvester introduced the first crew cab in 1957.[1] It had 3-doors; the 4th door was added in 1961. Dodge followed with its own factory built crew cab in 1963.[2] Ford introduced its crew cab in 1965 and General Motors in 1973.[3] Through the 1980s, most crew cab pickup trucks were sold as heavy-duty (3/4 and 1 ton) models intended for commercial use, and custom vehicle builders such as Centurion built light-duty crew cabs for the personal-use market. Nissan offered the first US-market compact crew cab pickup in 2000;[4] Ford, GM, Dodge, Nissan and Toyota all introduced their own compact and 1/2 ton crew cab models in the 2000s as demand grew. In North America, for carpoolers, truck sales have increased as some American full-size cars have dropped the front bench seating feature from the lineup. Crew cabs were popular and widely available in other markets many years before they caught on in the US because of their superior passenger space. Ironically, trucks don't have nearly as good as fuel economy as even the full-size (passenger car) sedans.

Land Rover used what they described as crew cabs over thirty years ago for their special vehicles (e.g. a crane mounted on the rear for street lighting maintenance being one) providing up to six seats so the whole work crew or gang could be accommodated.[citation (source) needed] Land Rover introduced the (Defender) 127 Crew Cab at least in 1987.

Sport utility truck Edit

Sport utility truck (SUT) is marketing term for a vehicle deriving from an SUV or crossover having four doors and an open bed similar to that of a pickup truck albeit at a shorter bed length, in many cases the cab and box are built into an integrated assembly, laking a fully floating cab and separate cargo section to allow for chassis flex and prevent warping of the sheetmetal under heavy loads.

Examples include the Chevrolet Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade EXT, Honda Ridgeline, Mitsubishi Triton/L200, the Hummer H1 and H2, the H3 as the H3T, and the Toyota A-BAT concept. Others are simple variations of preexisting models, like the Hummer H2 SUT and Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

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