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It all began in 1901
The history of the GMC took up almost all of the 20th century. It all began in 1901 when Max Gabrowski founded the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. The company became known for as one of the first mass producers of trucks in automobile history. Unfortunately, this was not enough and the company almost went under. Its salvation came in the form of GM, which founded by William Durant in 1908. Rapid was saved from its demise when in 1909 it was bought and absorbed by the quickly rising GM. During the same year, GM also bought the Reliance Motor Car Company and merged the two.
The combined companies became General Motors Truck Company and later just GMC. The first year of official operation of the merged companies was 1912. And the company kept on absorbing other car companies and therefore getting bigger and bigger all the time. GMC really started getting the attention of the U.S. public and the respect of the auto industry in 1916 two GMC traveled against country in record times. Many smaller companies were almost put out of business at the end of World War I. GMC was already so by this time, that it wasn’t affected and therefore was able to take advantage of these hurting companies by buying and absorbing them.
The company’s concentration on manufacturing trucks last for many years and it was very good at it. But it eventually started branching out and experimenting in other areas. In the 70s and 80s, GMC ventured into the bussing industry. This lasted until the end of the 80s when its much more lucrative bussing competitors ran it out of the business. GMC has built several types of professional automobiles such as military vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, and heavy duty trucks. However, none of these have worked out well for GMC and was eventually dropped. Until this present time GMC has maintained manufacture of popular model cars. It has also recently experienced a surge in popularity in Canada. In fact, the GMC is so popular in Canada that it has become even more popular than in the U.S.
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