sport utility vehicle

variants: or sport-utility vehicle \ ˈspȯrt-​yü-​ˈti-​lə-​tē-​ How to pronounce sport-utility vehicle (audio) \ or less commonly sport utility or sport-utility
plural sport utility vehicles or sport-utility vehicles also sport utilities or sport-utilities

Definition of sport utility vehicle

: a rugged automotive vehicle similar to a station wagon but built on a light-truck chassis : suv

called also sport-ute

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The car maker on Wednesday said total deliveries—including the pricier Model S large sedan and Model X sport-utility vehicle—more than tripled to 90,700 in 2018’s final quarter from 29,870 a year earlier. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Shares Sink on Model 3 Delivery Miss, Price Cut," 2 Jan. 2019 The problem is crystallized in one model: the RAV4 sport-utility vehicle. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Volcker Rule changes aren't actually wholesale gutting of post-crisis regime," 31 May 2018 The company, which is continuing to grapple with the fallout of its diesel emission cheating scandal, is planning to introduce another sport-utility vehicle to the North American market, according to a March 13 earnings call. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Higher U.S. Import Tariffs Could Dent Earnings, Credit Ratings at European Car Makers, S&P Says," 26 Mar. 2019 Elon Musk on Thursday night unveiled the Model Y compact sport-utility vehicle with an eventual starting price of $39,000, his next big bet for Tesla Inc. to appeal to a wider swath of electric-car buyers. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Elon Musk Unveils Model Y SUV in Next Big Wager," 15 Mar. 2019 Sedan sales have declined across the industry amid a consumer shift toward sport-utility vehicles. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "General Motors Expected to Shut Down Operations in Oshawa, Ontario," 25 Nov. 2018 In September, the company recalled more than one million Prius and hybrid versions of the C-HR crossover sport-utility vehicle. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Hybrid-System Fault," 5 Oct. 2018 The Volt’s creation became a symbol of GM’s emergence from bankruptcy, a fate precipitated by its heavy reliance on gas-guzzling trucks and sport-utility vehicles amid soaring gas prices. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Bids Farewell to Its Breakthrough Electric Car," 9 Dec. 2018 General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles both present their results on Thursday, and are expected to show solid performances, thanks to sales of high-margin trucks and sport-utility vehicles. New York Times, "Tech Companies Report Earnings and Economic Growth Data Is Released," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sport utility vehicle

1969, in the meaning defined above

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: an automobile similar to a station wagon but built on a light truck frame

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