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GMC SUV Vehicles Through the Years

General Motors was established by William C. Durant in 1908, as a holding company for Buick. GM obtained the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan in 1909, framing the foundation of GMC Trucks. (Rapid was founded in 1901, by Max Grabowsky. The organization developed some of the earliest trucks ever manufactured, and used single-cylinder motors.) The Reliance Motor Car Company (another independent truck maker) was also acquired by GM that same year. In 1911, Rapid and Reliance were merged, and in 1912 the "GMC Truck" marque was first displayed vehicles at the New York International Auto Show. Somewhere in the range of 22,000 trucks were manufactured that year, however GMC's contribution to those numbers was only 372 units. GMC, later became distinct division brand inside the partnership, marking trucks and coaches..

GMC had three assembling plants in Oakland California, Pontiac, Michigan, and Saint Louis, Missouri.

A GMC Truck crossed the nation from Seattle to New York City in 1916 in thirty days, and a GMC 2 ton truck was driven from New York City to San Francisco in 1916 in five days and 30 minutes. Amid the Second World War, GMC created 600,000 trucks to be used by the United States Armed Forces.

GM acquired a controlling interest in Yellow Coach in 1925, a bus maker situated in Chicago, Illinois which was established by John D. Hertz. After acquiring the balance in 1943, it was renamed the GM Truck and Coach Division. The Division produced interurban coaches until 1980. In May 1987, Transit bus production ended. The Canadian plant (in London, Ontario) created buses from 1962 until July 1987. In the late 1970s, GM withdrew from the bus and coach market on account of expanded rivalry in the late 1980s. RTS model rights were sold to Transportation Manufacturing Corporation, and Motor Coach Industries of Canada bought the Classic design. In 1998, GMC's official marking on vehicles was abbreviated from "GMC Truck" to just "GMC".

In 2002, GMC published a book called, GMC: The First 100 Years, a total history of the organization.

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GMC presently makes SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and light and medium duty trucks. Previously, GMC also made fire trucks, ambulances, heavy duty trucks, military vehicles, transit buses and motorhomes.

GMC Woodies

GMC Woodies

1941 GMC Suburban Woodie
1941 GMC Suburban Woodie
1946 GMC Suburban Woodie
1946 GMC Suburban Woodie
1948 GMC Suburban Woodie
1948 GMC Suburban Woodie
1948 GMC Suburban Woodie
1948 GMC Suburban Woodie
1951 GMC Suburban Woodie
1951 GMC Suburban Woodie
1951 GMC Suburban Woodie
1951 GMC Suburban Woodie
GMC traces its history to the 1902 founding of the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in Pontiac, MI. In 1909 William C. Durant gained control of Rapid Motor Vehicle Company and made it a subsidiary of his General Motors Company. In 1908 Durant gained control of Reliance Motor Car Company, another early commercial vehicle manufacturer. In 1911 General Motors formed the General Motors Truck Company and folded Rapid and Reliance into it. More Woodies

SUV's

GMC Jimmy (1969-1991)

1969 GMC Jimmy
1969 GMC Jimmy
1970 GMC Jimmy
1970 GMC Jimmy
1971 GMC Jimmy
1971 GMC Jimmy
1972 GMC Jimmy
1972 GMC Jimmy
1973 GMC Jimmy
1973 GMC Jimmy
1974 GMC Jimmy
1974 GMC Jimmy
1975 GMC Jimmy
1975 GMC Jimmy
1979 GMC Jimmy
1979 GMC Jimmy
1980 GMC Jimmy
1980 GMC Jimmy
1986 GMC Jimmy
1986 GMC Jimmy
1987 GMC Jimmy
1987 GMC Jimmy
1988 GMC Jimmy
1988 GMC Jimmy
1989 GMC Jimmy
1989 GMC Jimmy
1990 GMC Jimmy
1990 GMC Jimmy
1991 GMC Jimmy
1991 GMC Jimmy
The Jimmy was the shortest full size SUV introduced in 1969, the full-size Blazer was replaced by the GMC Yukon in 1993. It was based upon the short wheelbase pickups and came in either rear wheel drive only or four-wheel drive. The "Jimmy" name mirrored the GMmy sound in a comparative way in how Jeep was an elocution of GP in the competing market.

Until 1975, the Jimmy featured "full convertible" removable tops. In 1976, GM announced a half-cab outline that was less inclined to leaks and somewhat more secure in a roll-over. These half cabs are convertible beginning a few inches behind the driver/passenger doors clear to the tailgate.

GMC S-15 Jimmy (1983-2005)

1986 GMC S15 Jimmy
1986 GMC S15 Jimmy
1987 GMC S15 Jimmy
1987 GMC S15 Jimmy
1998 GMC S15 Jimmy
1998 GMC S15 Jimmy
2000 GMC S15 Jimmy
2000 GMC S15 Jimmy
2003 GMC S15 Jimmy
2003 GMC S15 Jimmy
The Chevrolet Blazer (4WD model T-10) and its rebadged variant, the GMC S-15 Jimmy (4WD model T-15), are compact/mid-size SUVs manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet and GMC from 1982-2005 across two generations. In the United States retail sales of two-door Blazer models ended in 2004; all other models were sold until April 20, 2005. In the Canadian market, four-door models of the Blazer and Jimmy were sold until the 2004 model year and until the 2005 model year for the two-door models of both.

GMC Suburban (1937-2000)
Replaced with Yukon XL in 2001

The full size Suburban is the longest continuous vehicle nameplate being manufactured, beginning in 1937. The Suburban has been manufactured under the Chevrolet, Holden, and GMC brands until the GMC variant was rebranded as the GMC Yukon XL. For a majority of recent history, the Suburban has been built as a station wagon-bodied rendition of the Chevrolet pickup, including the Chevrolet C/K and Silverado version of truck-based vehicles. Cadillac built an adaptation called the Escalade ESV.  Renamed the Yukon XL for the 2001 Model Year

GMC Suburban first generation (1935–1940)

1937 GMC Suburban
1937 GMC Suburban
1938 1939 GMC Suburbans
1938 1939 GMC Suburbans
1940 GMC Panel
1940 GMC Panel
Prior to this first generation Suburban, in 1933 Chevrolet had offered a station wagon body, built on the 1/2 ton truck frame. This model was specifically built for National Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps units. Much of the body was constructed from wood, and could seat up to eight occupants.

GMC Suburban second generation (1941–1947)

1941 GMC Suburban Woody
1941 GMC Suburban Woody
1942 GMC Suburban
1942 GMC Suburban
1946 GMC Suburban Woody
1946 GMC Suburban Woody
1947 GMC Panel
1947 GMC Panel
Suburbans were built in model years 1941, 1942, and 1947. It was also produced during the war as a military transport vehicle. Seating for up to eight occupants was available. The GMC version was equipped with a 228-cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine. It shared much of its mechanicals with the AK Series trucks.

GMC Suburban third generation (1948–1954)

1949 GMC Suburban
1949 GMC Suburban
1950 GMC Suburban
1950 GMC Suburban
1951 GMC Suburban
1951 GMC Suburban
1953 GMC Suburban
1953 GMC Suburban
1954 GMC Suburban
1954 GMC Suburban
Beginning in 1953, the Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission was available in 1954 model year. Models with rear panel doors were designated "3106," while those with tailgates were designated "3116."

GMC Suburban fourth generation (1955–1959)

1955 GMC Suburban Napco
1955 GMC Suburban Napco
1956 GMC Suburban
1956 GMC Suburban
1957 GMC Suburban
1957 GMC Suburban
1958 GMC Suburban
1958 GMC Suburban
1959 GMC Suburban
1959 GMC Suburban
Updated engineering and styling on Chevrolet trucks was not introduced until March 25, 1955, in the middle of the model year that GM called the Chevrolet Task Force/GMC Blue Chip series. All Chevrolet and GMC truck models received new styling that included a flatter hood, front fenders flush with the body, and a trapezoid grill. The trucks' V-shaped speedometer was shared with passenger car models

GMC Suburban fifth generation (1960–1966)

1960 GMC Suburban
1960 GMC Suburban
1961 GMC Suburban
1961 GMC Suburban
1965 GMC Suburban
1965 GMC Suburban
1966 GMC Suburban 3500
1966 GMC Suburban 3500
The styling of the 1960 – 1961 model year took cues from the late 1950s Chevrolet vehicles and had large oval ports above the grille. Front independent suspension was new for 1960. The cab featured a "wrap around" windshield. Tailgate and panel door rear openings were available. From 1962 onwards, the hood styling was more conservative, with hoods that eliminated the large ports. In 1964, the front glass area was updated to a flatter windshield and larger door glass. 1,150 lb (520 kg) of cargo could be carried in the back

GMC Suburban sixth generation (1967–1972)

1957 GMC Suburban
1967 GMC Suburban
1958 GMC Suburban
1968 GMC Suburban
1971 GMC Suburban
1971 GMC Suburban
1972 GMC Suburban
1972 GMC Suburban
The 6th generation Suburbans featured a single driver-side door and two passenger-side doors, and were available in both 2WD and 4WD models.

GMC Suburban seventh generation (1973–1991)

1974 GMC Suburban
1974 GMC Suburban
1977 GMC Suburban
1977 GMC Suburban
1990 GMC Suburban
1990 GMC Suburban
1991 GMC Suburban
1991 GMC Suburban
With the third generation Rounded-Line C/R & K/V models, the Suburban became a four-door vehicle. The Rounded-Line 1970s body style remained largely unchanged for 19 model years – making this series the longest Suburban generation in production. 2WD (C/R) and 4WD models (K/V) were both available in 1/2 and 3/4 ton (" 10" and "20") chassis.

GMC Suburban eighth generation (1992–2000)

1992 GMC Suburban
1992 GMC Suburban
1993 GMC Suburban
1993 GMC Suburban
1999 GMC Suburban
1999 GMC Suburban
2000 GMC Suburban
2000 GMC Suburban
The GMT400-based Suburbans were introduced in December 1991 for the 1992 model year. The similar pickup truck models had switched to the newer platforms in the 1988 model year. Both 2WD and 4WD models, designated "C" and "K", were offered, as well as half ton and three-quarter ton ("1500" and "2500") models.

GMC Yukon XL (2001-present)

2001 GMC Yukon XL
2001 GMC Yukon XL
2010 GMC Yukon XL
2010 GMC Yukon XL
2018 GMC Yukon XL SLT
2018 GMC Yukon XL SLT
2019 GMC Yukon Denali XL
2019 GMC Denali Yukon XL
GMC's equivalent to the Chevrolet model was originally named "Suburban" as well, until being rebranded as "Yukon XL" for the 2001 model year.

GMC Yukon (1992-present)

1992 GMC Yukon
1992 GMC Yukon
2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid
2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid
2017 GMC Yukon Hybrid
2017 GMC Yukon Hybrid
2018 GMC Yukon Denali
2018 GMC Yukon Denali
2019 GMC Yukon
2019 GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon) is a full-size SUV from General Motors. Chevrolet and GMC sold two different-sized SUVs under their Blazer/Jimmy model names through the early 1990s. This situation changed when GMC rebadged the full-size Jimmy as the Yukon in 1991. Chevrolet waited until 1994 to rebadge the redesigned mid-size S-10 Blazer as the Blazer, renaming the full-size Blazer as the Tahoe. The name Yukon refers to the Yukon territory of northern Canada. For the 1995 model year, the Tahoe and Yukon gained a new 4-door model slotting in size between the 2-door models and the longer wheelbase and higher passenger capacity to up to nine passengers like the Chevrolet Suburban and newly named Yukon XL.

GMC Envoy (1998-2000,2002-2009)

1998 GMC Envoy
1998 GMC Envoy
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2000 GMC Envoy
2002 GMC Envoy
2002 GMC Envoy
2004 GMC Envoy
2004 GMC Envoy
2009 GMC Envoy
2009 GMC Envoy
The GMC Envoy is a mid-size SUV that was produced by General Motors. It was introduced for the 1998 model year. After the first generation Envoy was discontinued after the 2000 model year, but the Envoy was reintroduced and redesigned for the 2002 model year, and it was available in the GMC line of vehicles from the 2002 to 2009 model years. The Envoy nameplate had previously used by GM in Canada during the 1960s that was sold only at Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealers.

GMC Acadia (2007-present)

2007 GMC Acadia
2007 GMC Acadia
2016 GMC Acadia
2016 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Acadia
2018 GMC Acadia Denali
2018 GMC Acadia Denali
2019 GMC Acadia
2019 GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia is a mid-size crossover SUV from GMC. The first generation GMC Acadia shared the GM Lambda platform with the Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave. The Acadia went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Acadia replaces three of the 7- or 8-seater vehicles on the Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership network, the mid-size GMC Safari van, the GMC Envoy, and the Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan for the domestic market. As of 2009, the Lambda vehicles have replaced the Buick Rainier, Buick Rendezvous, and the Buick Terraza, and then subsequently the GMC Envoy and the Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

GMC Terrain (2010-present)

2010 GMC Terrain
2010 GMC Terrain
2016 GMC Terrain
2016 GMC Terrain
2017 GMC Terrain
2017 GMC Terrain
2018 GMC Terrain
2018 GMC Terrain
2019 GMC Terrain
2019 GMC Terrain
The GMC Terrain is a crossover SUV by American manufacturer General Motors. The Terrain is built on GM's Theta platform, like the Chevrolet Equinox. It replaced the Pontiac Torrent which was often sold in the same dealerships prior to GM dropping the Pontiac brand.

GMC Vans

GMC Canopy Express (1920s-1955)

1951 GMC Canopy Expres
1951 GMC Canopy Expres
A Canopy express is a light-duty cargo van based on the chassis of a panel truck. Canopy express vehicles have open display areas behind the driver's seat commonly used for peddling vegetables and fruit, but also used for other kinds of deliveries that require easy access, such as newspapers and radio equipment. Canopy express trucks evolved as a more stylized version of standard pickup trucks that contained open canopies installed over the pickup bed. They were built by Dodge, General Motors, and International Harvester as well as other manufacturers. Ford Canopy Express trucks were merely aftermarket conversions of their existing panel trucks.

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