GMC is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors (GM) that primarily focuses on trucks and utility vehicles. GMC sells pickup and commercial trucks, buses, vans, military vehicles, and sport utility vehicles marketed in North America and the Middle East by General Motors.
In 1908, General Motors decided it needed a truck division in its portfolio and began buying up Rapid stock. It officially brought Rapid into the GM fold in 1909, along with another truck builder, the Reliance Motor Company. The two truck companies continued to produce trucks separately under the GM banner until GM merged them in 1913 into the General Motors Truck Company. At this point, the company actually became GMC.
- Founded : 1901
- Founder : William C. Durant
- Headquarters : Detroit, United States
- Website : http://www.gmc.com
With the outbreak of World War II, GM once again geared up for military duty by producing six-wheeled 2-1/2-ton trucks that were affectionately known as "Jimmys." The trucks were so successful that GMC brought the name back in 1970 with a new full-size SUV that competed with the Ford Bronco and International Scout. The Jimmy name would be used again on a smaller version of the truck known as the S-15 Jimmy.
GMC still continues to produce a line of full- and mid-size trucks and SUVs. Most carry heavier duty components or higher trim packages than their Chevy counterparts, backing up GMC's marketing of its trucks as "Professional Grade."