Though the cars of the Big Three garner most of the attention when one considers American automobiles of the 1950s, the importance of the Hudson Hornet cannot be overlooked. By the time Hudson's Hornet debuted in 1951, the buying public had already been captivated by the company's radical styling in the Commodore of 1948. The design placed the floorpan between the chassis frame rails, rather than atop them, and effectively combined the body and chassis structures into a single unit, allowing for a much lower appearance overall, as well as a reduced center of gravity. Thus, you stepped down to get into a Hudson.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2009/05/18/1951-1954-Hudson-Hornet-Two-Too-Few