The GMC truck brand has plenty of stories to tell, as it steps into the spotlight after a long period of detainment under Chevrolet. The company developed a status of having the best built trucks. Here’s some history about this brand.
The General Motors Trucks Company is a division of the American automobile company General Motors that focuses on utility vehicles and trucks. GMC is at the forefront of manufacturing sport utility vehicles, military vehicles, vans, buses and commercial trucks. In the early 1920s, Chevrolet and GMC trucks became almost identical, with manufacturing on the same platform and same bodywork, except for grilles and nameplates. However, the basic difference between the two has always been the engines. Chevrolet basically targeted private ownership, whereas GMC targeting commercial businesses and buyers.
Popular Car Make and Model Under GMC
GMC is well-known for their crossovers, luxury SUVs, trucks and vans. Here is a quick look at their latest vehicle lineup:
- GMC Canyon
- GMC Sierra
- GMC Acadia
- GMC Yukon
- GMC Canyon Denali
- GMC Terrain
The Evolution of GMC
- In 1902: Two brothers by the name of Morris and Max Grabowsky formed the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. They were involved in producing 1-ton trucks employed for commercial applications.
- In 1909: William C.Durant, the head of General Motors bought the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, which was rebranded as GMC truck. The trucks were mostly sold for commercial applications!
- In 1911: Reliance and Rapid joined hands in 1911, and the following year, the “GMC Truck” made its first appearance at the International Auto Show in New York. Over 22000 trucks were manufactured that year, with the GMC contributing only 372 units. Later on, GMC became a separate division, branding coaches and trucks, as the corporation ended up as “GM”.
- In 1916: A truck traveled across the country in 30 days, followed by a two-ton GMC truck being driven to San Francisco from New York in five days. The company manufactured 600,000 vehicles to be used by the armed forces, during the 2nd World War.
- In 1925: General Motors bought a stake in a Chicago-based bus manufacturer, Yellow Coach, which was started by John Hertz. It was renamed as GM Truck and Coach Division, after it was fully acquired in 1943.
- In 80s: Following amplified competition in the market, the company withdrew from the bus and coach industry.
- In 1998: Official branding was shortened to ‘GMC’, instead of GMC truck.
- In 2002: A book titled ‘GMC: The First 100 Years, a complete history of the company’ was released.
- Currently, GMC manufactures light-duty trucks, vans, pickup trucks and SUVs, catering to a premium-based market. In the past, GMC also manufactured transit buses, motorhomes, military vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, ambulances and fire trucks.
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