What does GMC stand for? The name behind the truck legend
GMC, which predates General Motors itself, has more than a century of experience developing and building trucks. After a decade of operations and a few years after its purchase by General Motors, the previous names of Rapid and Reliance were replaced by the popular three-letter brand name of GM’s truck division.
So what does GMC stand for? Despite what some myths may say, it is not the General Motors business, or even the Grabowsky Motor Company (referring to the founders of what would become GMC), but simply… General Motors Company. However, as always, there is more to the automaker’s story than just the name.
Origin of GMC
The core company that would become GMC started long enough ago that it’s difficult to dig up solid records about the Grabowsky Motor Company, the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, and the Reliance Motor Car Company. However, by 1912, GM had renamed the trucks coming out of Pontiac’s Michigan plant on Rapid Street as General Motors Truck Company – a name that stuck for decades before “truck” was dropped from the name. Historically, GMC has produced GM’s heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial trucks as well as rebadged versions of Chevy’s light-duty trucks.
What is the difference between GM and GMC?
General Motors, or GM, is the umbrella company whose divisions include Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC. GMC, despite its name, is a brand of General Motors just like its other divisions.
What brands are included in GMC? Who owns GMC?
GMC is an independent brand owned by General Motors, although it now produces the Hummer EV, and Hummer was an independent brand of General Motors. GMC also has a few trim levels that have significant importance in the lineup, to the point of being de facto subbrands describing specialized versions of its vehicles.
Denali is the brand’s highest level of luxury trim, applied to trucks and SUVs with an additional layer of premium materials and high technology. AT4 is also the brand’s name for cutting-edge off-roading, setting a serious level of off-road capability.
Is GMC American made?
Most GMC vehicles are produced in the United States, including the Hummer EV in Hamtramck, Michigan, the Canyon in Wentzville, Missouri, the Yukon in Arlington, Texas, and the Acadia in Lansing, Michigan. As the most popular truck in the group, the Sierra was built in several locations, including factories in Michigan and Mexico. The Terrain is the only GMC vehicle built outside of the United States, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Is GMC or Chevy older?
The bones that make up the GMC brand actually predate GM and the Chevrolet brand as well. The predecessor companies that made up GMC predate the Chevrolet brand. However, the Chevrolet brand name was introduced in 1911, and the GMC brand began shortly thereafter.
Current GMC models
- GMC Acadia
- GMC Terrain
- GMC Sierra
- GMC Canyon
- GMC Hummer EV
- GMC Yukon
- GMC Savana
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