GMC was a brand imprint of General Motors first revealed in 1912 at the New York Auto Show. In fact, GMC is an acronym for General Motors Corporation. However, The brand name can trace its roots back to the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, which was founded by Max Grabowsky in 1901. Grabowsky's early one-cylinder engine powered vehicles were some of the very first commercial trucks that were ever produced.
General Motors acquired the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in 1909. Sometime later, GM also acquired the Reliance Motor Car Company and eventually merged Rapid with Reliance in 1911 under the marque of GMC Truck. The GMC Truck brand name officially registered with the U.S. Patent Office in 1912. In its first year of operations, GMC Truck produced 22,000 vehicles, where it became widely popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s. During the1940s, the company produced 600,000 vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II.
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GMC Through The Years
GMC was one of the first names in American, and today, the company is recognized as one of the leading brands in the production of vans, buses, trucks and other commercial vehicles. As a consumer brand, Americans still regard GMC as a producer of high-end trucks, SUVs, and popular crossover vehicles.
Over the years, GMC earned a deserved reputation for producing reliable heavy-, medium-, and light-duty pickup trucks, which was popular with American drivers. Many of GMCs models also became iconic vehicles in its class. The GMC Sierra, for instance, is a light-duty pickup truck that debuted in 1988 and is still in production today. GMC was also an early producer of SUVs and produced many models that could be regarded as definitive. The GMC Suburban was in continuous production since 1935. It's still available today as the Suburban by Chevrolet; however, GMC currently markets it as the Yukon XL.
The Sierra is the current line of full-size pickups produced. Introduced in 1988, also known as the Chevrolet Silverado, it is still available in both light- and heavy-duty versions and as a hybrid or a standard model. The Silverado is currently marketed as the standard version while the Sierra is considered to be a luxury version.
The Canyon is a midsize pickup truck introduced in 2004 and is also available as the Chevrolet Colorado. It was intended as a replacement for the compact GMC Sonoma. The Canyon was partially designed by the Korean car company, Isuzu and is available in rear- and four-wheel drive. The Canyon is available in three different body styles: two-door regular cabs, four-door extended cabs, and four-door crew cabs.
The Savana is a full-size van that's also known as the Chevrolet Express. The Savana was introduced in 1996 and is available as a cargo and passenger van, rear- or four-wheel drive, and in three-door or four-door body styles.
Today, many of GMCs most popular vehicles are SUVs. The Yukon XL, which is a continuation of the iconic GMC Suburban, is one example. Like the Suburban before it, the Yukon XL could be regarded as a station wagon bodied version of a full-size GMC truck like the Silverado. The popular Cadillac Escalade ESV is, in fact, an upscale version of the Suburban/Yukon XL.
The Yukon is another popular SUV. Also known as the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Yukon is a popular full-size SUV that has been in production since 1992.
It also currently produces popular crossover vehicles including the Acacia, which is a full-sized crossover SUV unveiled in 2006. It was significant for being GMCs first crossover SUV as well as the first passenger vehicle produced by the company to feature front-wheel drive.
The Terrain is the most recent vehicle to be added to the GMC roster. A midsize crossover with an SUV, the Terrain is also front-wheel drive although it is also available as a four-wheel drive.
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GMC is still regarded as one of the most trusted names when it comes to trucks, SUVs, and now crossover vehicles. GMC SUVs like the Yukon and Yukon XL command a healthy share of a highly competitive market segment. Drivers in the U.S. and elsewhere continue to highly regard GMC for being a dependable producer of high-end versions of tough, dependable trucks, vans, and other vehicles.