An off-road vehicle is a type of vehicle that in most cases has remarkably large tires with a lot of profile, a flexible wheel suspension and these cars are often more than two wheels driven. This allows them to get away well on both paved and unpaved roads.
Initially, off-road vehicles were developed for military use. The vehicles developed during World War II were equipped with four-wheel drive and were moved higher on the wheels for easier maneuvering over rougher terrains. In the U.S. the Jeep was produced and in Germany the Volkswagen Kübelwagen.
After the war, Rover also started producing off-road vehicles under the Land Rover name. Initially, the Land Rovers were intended for the military, but later they were also brought to the civilian market. The buyers were mainly farmers, but later demand came from the wealthier citizens. The Range Rover was introduced to meet the needs of this last group of citizens. Equipped with a V8 engine and luxurious furnishings, this was a great success.
In the 1980s, more and more off-road vehicles from different car brands came onto the market. Volkswagen introduced the Iltis, Toyota the Toyota LandCruiser, Suzuki its Suzuki SJ and Daihatsu de Feroza.
In the 1990s, the off-road vehicle became extremely popular in Europe and in the United States. To market the cars differently, "the high-entry car" was advertised and terms such as Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) were used.
SUVs have been developed for driving mainly on the road and also have properties to handle off-road. Off-road vehicles, on the other hand, are specifically designed to drive off-road and not so much on paved roads.
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