GMC the brand has a history almost as old as General Motors the corporation. The marque’s roots go all the way back to 1901, and the one-cylinder, somewhat ambitiously named Rapid Motor Vehicle Company truck. (How rapid could it be with a one-cylinder engine—OK?) That company was brought into the GM fold in 1909, and formed the basis of what we know today as GMC. That same year (1909), GM bought another company, Reliance Motor Car Company. Rapid and Reliance were merged in 1911, and at the 1912 New York Auto Show, their first vehicle — badged “GMC Truck” — was presented to the world.
In the early days of cross-country transportation, before the airlines “took off” as it were, buses were a huge component of the nation’s transportation network. A 1925 GM acquisition put the company in the bus business in partnership with Yellow Coach Company out of Chicago. Flush with cash from the war years, GM bought Yellow out in 1943, formed “GM Truck and Coach” and proceeded to build GMC interstate buses for Greyhound, as well as urban buses for municipal bus systems into the 1980’s.
One of the oldest continually running automotive nameplates on the market; GMC has also manufactured trucks and tanks for the U.S. Army. Additionally, the company has produced fire trucks, ambulances, motor homes, and transit buses. Today, GMC’s focus is on pickup trucks, vans, light- and medium-duty trucks, SUVs, and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs)
The GMC Acadia, introduced in 2006, as a 2007 model, represented a significant change in philosophy for GMC. Its portfolio in the past had been based purely on rear- or four-wheel drive, body on frame vehicles. Acadia was the company’s first front-drive, unit body, crossover offering. And, while there have been a number of changes and updates made to the Acadia over the years, the GMC crossover is still in its first generation.