As if the fans of the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox didn’t have enough to celebrate earlier this month, the 1 millionth of these small SUVs rolled off the assembly line.

The 1 millionth of the small SUVs is a quicksilver metallic 2013 GMC Terrain Denali.

The Denali is a recent addition to the lineup of GM vehicles that use the same architecture and underpinning, joining the GM Terrain and Chevy Equinox, both introduced in 2009 as 2010 models.

Since the small SUVs launched, they’ve sold approximately 140,000 models in 2009 and more than 280,000 units in 2011.

So far in 2012, they’ve outsold the competition – the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage/Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape.

Why the popularity of GM’s three small SUVs? Alan Batey, vice president of GM Sales, Service and Marketing, explains, “Small SUVs attract buyers with diverse personal preferences but a common need for space and versatility. With Equinox and Terrain, we can deliver on those core attributes while offering two very different design and packaging propositions.”

According to Kelley Blue Book, the crossover utility vehicle segment, which includes the Terrain and Equinox, will increase in sales up to 10 percent by 2015.

The former CAMI plant where the Terrain/Equinox are built was constructed in the late 1980s as part of a partnership between GM and Suzuki. The Japanese manufacturer ended production and sold its interest to GM in 2009.

CAMI, originally known as Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc., got its start in 1986, with production at the plant beginning in 1989. Suzuki was the last of GM’s Japanese partners. The plant is in Ingersoll, Ontario.

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