In 1909 General Motors purchased Max Grabowski’s Rapid Motor Vehicle Company to break into the commercial truck market. General Motors also acquired the Reliance Motor Car Company that same year. GM merged the two independents to form the GMC Truck brand, a marque they would debut at the New York International Auto Show in 1912. The company built slowly at first, with only 372 production vehicles in their first year. 30 years later, GMC became a major provider for the US Military in World War II, producing 600,000 trucks for the war effort. Today GMC continues their tradition of commercial and professional grade trucks, vans and SUVs. The models are nearly identical in style and design to their Chevrolet counterparts, though they may offer more industrial level upgrades like a larger engine. GMC remains one of the most straightforward manufacturers today, avoiding the bells and whistles of sharp designs for the rugged endurance of a work vehicle.
GMC BRAND HISTORY
The brand of high-class trucks and customizable SUV's is GMC that exist for about 100 years in the world. The history of GMC began with the “Rapid Motor Vehicle Company” that was established in 1901 by its owner Max Gabrowski. This company built the first trucks, which had been ever built.
In spite of its fortunate in developing of trucks, Gabrowski's company would not last out on its own. In 1909, Durant bought GM as the base for the General Motors Truck Company and it was renamed into GMC.
That year GMC bought another manufacturer “Reliance Motor Car Company” and became “GMC Truck” in 1911. A year later, GMC could present its new brand at the New York Motor Show.
Got everything what to need for starting the production, GMC concentrated on truck buildings, producing about 20,000 trucks during 1912.
GMC as a part of GM got its own attention in the crossover country. In 1916, a GMC truck went from Seattle to New York for 30 days but 14 years later, the second GMC truck went from NY to San Francisco for 5 days and 30 minutes.
After the WWI, many car manufacturers were thrown back. In 1925, the bus manufacturer Yellow Coach was partially absorbed into General Motors. In 1943, GM completely bought the Yellow Coach and made the GM Trucks and Coach Division. GMC also produced city and transit buses throughout the 70's and 80's.
During the WWII GMC as one of for the US Army produced 600,000 trucks. The war forced GMC to experiment with vehicles such as Fire trucks, ambulances and heavy-duty trucks. Unfortunately, GMC could not come into other market segments. SUV, pick-up trucks and light trucks were produced as they were.
Now days GMC trucks have the great popularity in Canada only then in the U.S.A. where heavy trucks still keep the first place.
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