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Grabowsky Motor Company, also known as GMC, was founded by the Grabowsky Brothers back in 1900. For over a century the GMC name has stood as a quality auto maker, particularly when it comes to trucks. Though they started out as GMC, two years later they renamed the company Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. In just seven years, ironically, the company became a subsidiary of General Motors Company also known as GMC. By 2011, GMC became General Motors Truck Company, but the T was usually dropped, and it was still referred to as just GMC. 

The First Few Decades

In 1925, GMC would also get controlling interest in Yellow Coach, a commercial vehicle manufacturer founded by John D. Hertz and based in Chicago. During the first and second world war years, GMC would turn toward government contract. For World War I (WWI) the company produced ¾-ton and 1-ton trucks for the war effort. By 1918, more than 90% of the trucks manufactured by GMC were military vehicles. GMC had built 8,512 trucks, earning them a Distinguished Service Award. Their military vehicle lines would remain open for the World War II (WWII) years, and they would produce an astounding 600,000 military vehicles for the United States Armed Forces.

The Latter Half of the 20th Century

After gaining Yellow Coach, the company was renamed Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company (YT&CMC) from this merger. It was through this company GMC built buses from 1962 until 1987. Where the General Motors Truck Company had been focusing on trucks initially, it now began branching out to buses and taxis. With increasing competition in the market for vehicles, GMC merged with Pontiac in 1996, so dealers had a wider range of models to choose from on the market.

Years later GMC would emerge with the popular Acadia model in their lineup in 2009, which was a full-sized, capable, and versatile SUV. During the time of the Acadia's debut, they also rolled out the GMT-360 Envoy on the market and the mid-sized crossover SUV called the Terrain.

The Early 21st Century

The first decades of the 21st century, GMC developed new trucks and SUVs, creating a wide range for consumers to choose from. Among the 21st century truck releases were the enormously popular GMC Sierra 1500, a pickup that can tow up to 11,800 lbs., or if more towing power is needed there is the Sierra HD that gives you a tow-rating of up to 36,000 lbs.

A popular smaller truck, the GMC Canyon is an entry level model that still has the power to tow up to 7,700 pounds with its 3.6L V6 engine with 308 hp. If you are leaning more towards an SUV, then the GMC Terrain can seat five people and the Acadia can seat up to eight. GMC's lineup also features Hummer models and the one being touted as an all-electric supertruck is the GMC Hummer EV pickup with an impressive 1000 hp motor and 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque with a range of 350 miles on a single charge.

To learn more about today's GMC lineup come to Premier Auto Outlet, serving Kansas City, Overland Park, and Topeka, and have a look at our inventory or go to our website and explore online.