On September 16, 1908 William "Billy" C. Durant (owner of Buick) founded GM, which currently manufactures vehicles in 35 countries. Durant originally produced horse-drawn vehicles.
Despite going through a myriad of owners, strikes, bankruptcy and the like over the years, GM remains one of America's most beloved car and truck makers out there today.
The iconic Chevy's, Buick's, and Cadillac's of the 50s (the golden age of car design) are still some of the most sought after cars that were ever placed on the market, and allowed GM to thrive for many generations.
From 1931 on through 2007, General Motors was the biggest automobile manufacturer.
During WWII General Motors supplied the allies with tanks, airplanes, and lorries. At one point all of GM's production work was devoted to the war effort.
As environmental concerns have increased over the years, GM has begun making more fuel-efficient engines, biofuel engines and hybrids including electric cars.