By Jim Gorzelany
With a lineage dating back to the original rough-and-tumble World War II military Jeep, the sport-utility vehicle market shows no signs of retreating, even if most models have gone soft in the guise of car-based crossover models. As a sign of their enduring popularity, exotic automakers Maserati and Bentley recently announced their intentions to sell luxury SUVs of their own in the coming years.
Of course mere entry into the SUV segment is no guarantee of success. Automotive history is scattered with the remains of some truly oddball models, many of which came to market riding the SUV wave that crested in the 1990s. For those who think...