GMC is a familiar-sounding domestic brand that people sometimes get confused with parent company General Motors. It is a General Motors-owned manufacturer of cars, trucks, SUVs and military vehicles. Originally founded in 1902, the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company was purchased by GM in 1909. From this, the ‘GMC truck’ brand was created.
GMC truck produced close to 600,000 vehicles for use during the second world war, including several famous military options. They also purchased a controlling interest in the Yellow Coach bus company in 1925, and the rest of the company in 1943. After this, GMC truck became the GM Truck and Coach Division, which manufactured buses until 1987.
Most of the vehicles that GMC produces these days are light- and medium-duty trucks and SUVs. The Sierra, their best-selling model by far, outsold both the Toyota Tundra and the Titan combined during the first 11 months of the year 2011. Since then, it continues to maintain a spot on some of the best-selling vehicle lists of 2012.
5 remarkable facts about GMC
Today, Volkswagen cars are still at the top of the industry, staying at the forefront of safety standards and engineering. Here are a few things you might not know about the company:
1. The Company has its own Roadside Assistance program that comes with new vehicles. GMC cars and light-duty trucks can get up to $5 of emergency fuel delivered, free towing to the nearest GMC dealer, a battery jump, or help with the spare tire. GMC medium trucks can receive free towing to the nearest GMC dealer.
2. GMC would be the tenth-largest US automaker in terms of sales (2011), were it a standalone manufacturer.
3. Is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size electric hybrids. These are the Yukon, the Yukon Denali SUV and the Sierra pickup.
4. Their trucks include the Denali line, a luxury-focused set of pickups and SUVs. This line of GMC trucks outsells the entire product lines of some manufacturers, including Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover.
5. GMC is General Motors’ second-largest division in the United States, placing behind only Chevrolet. Interestingly, many GMC and Chevrolet trucks are nearly identical with the exception of interior options and name plates.
Great selection of popular GMC models
Like most manufacturers, some models are better sellers than others. Some of the best sellers GMC has are the Sierra pickup, and the Terrain and Acadia SUVs. The GMC Sierra pickup is their most popular, making its way onto lists of the top 20 best-selling vehicles in the US. The Terrain is a small crossover SUV, first available in the 2010 model year, and the Acadia is an affordable midsize SUV with great interior space. GMC cars also include a best-selling cargo van, the Savanna.