A Brief History of GMC
General Motors Company (GMC) is a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors that primarily focuses on trucks and utility vehicles. GMC traces its history to 1902 with the founding of the Rapid Vehicle Motor Company in Pontiac, Michigan. William C. Durant gained control of the Rapid Vehicle Motor Company and integrated it with his General Motors Company. In 1925, GM purchased a controlling interest in Yellow Coach, a bus and taxicab manufacturer in Illinois, and was renamed GMC Truck and Coach Division. GMC maintained three locations in Pontiac, Oakland, California, and Saint Louis, Missouri. During World War II, GMC produced 600,000 trucks for the American Armed Forces to use.
In 1981, GMC Truck and Coach division merged with GM Worldwide Truck and Bus Group. However, in the late 1980s, GM withdrew from the bus and coach market because of increased competition in the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1998, GMC’s branding on their cars was shortened from “GMC Trucks” to simply “GMC.” In 2002, GMC celebrated its 100 year anniversary and released a book called GMC: The First Hundred Years, which outlined its company history in detail. In 2007, GMC introduced the Acadia, a crossover SUV, and the Terrain, a mid-size crossover SUV.
Today, GMC makes pickup trucks, SUVs, vans, and light duty trucks. The models manufactured by GMC today include:
- GMC Acadia
Today’s mid-size crossover Acadia can seat seven people and tow up to 4,000 pounds. The car comes equipped with 79 cubic feet of cargo space, lane change assist, and a rear view camera.
- GMC Canyon
A mid-size pickup truck, the modern GMC Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds and was Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
- GMC Terrain
The GMC Terrain is a mid-size CUV that delivers in both style and performance. The GMC Terrain has distinct C-shaped lights, offering a unique and attractive look that will also help illuminate dark or foggy roads and has spacious interiors. In 2015, the GMC Terrain won Most Dependable Compact SUV by J.D. Power and Associates and in 2016 and 2017 it took home an award for Highest Quality Compact SUV. In 2019, the Terrain won Best Performance by a Compact SUV by J.D. Power and Associates.
- GMC Sierra
This pickup truck delivers both in design and performance. The GMC Sierra’s unique design is crafted both to perform and make a lasting impression. The rugged look, shown best with the high performance LED lights and the distinctive grille brings forward the confidence needed when facing the wild. The Sierra has been ranked the most dependable light load and heavy load pickup truck in 2015 by J.D. Power and Associates, best performance for a heavy load pickup truck in 2016 and 2018.
- GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon provides a commanding presence on the road. Its enormity shows the large capacity and engineering capability of the GMC team. The car can seat either 8 or 9 people, depending on which version you get. The Yukon took home awards from J.D. Power and Associates for Most Dependable Large SUV in 2015 and 2016 and Best Performance for a large SUV in 2017.
Your Trusted Auto Repair Shop for GMC Repair
GMC has a large range of models that require extensive services. When the time comes to bring your GMC in for repairs, Columbus residents can come to Clintonville Automotive Repair Service. We specialize in GMC repair and can take care of your car, bumper to bumper. A team of highly trained mechanics, we at Clintonville Automotive Repair Service are up to date on the latest automotive technology and will deliver high-quality service, every time. We offer services in vehicle alignment, steering and suspension, transmission repair, and more. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today! You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 614-300-2995.