Essay on General Motors Company

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What kind of vehicle do you drive? Would it happen to be a Chevrolet? A Buick? How about a Cadillac? Or a GMC? All of these brands plus more are made by General Motors Company, or better known as GM. GM is the 2nd largest car manufacture in the world (General Motors Company, 2011). They have provided millions, if not more, vehicles to the world. Thanks to GM, many of the popular vehicle brands that are available, they have produced. You can understand how vital GM has been to the automotive world when you find out that “it was the world’s largest car maker from 1931 to 2008, when it was surpassed by Toyota” (Costantini).
The history of GM dates back to 1908. At this time or to be more specific on September 16, GM was founded in Flint,
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In 2010, General Motors proved with their sales figure that they are financially back on track, globally, G.M.’s sales rose 12.2 percent in 2010, to 8.39 million, coming within about 30,000 vehicles of retaking the title of world’s largest automaker from Toyota. For the first time, it sold more cars and trucks in China, where its sales rose 28.8 percent from 2009, than in the United States, where sales were up 6.3 percent (Costantini).
Thought the years, GM has been a major asset to the automotive line, and because they are so successful they are going to continue to be a main contributor to the automotive line.
GM’s main product is automobiles “the Company develops, produces and markets cars, trucks and parts worldwide” (Costantini). GM has several brands that they produce. These popular brands consist of Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac, Saturn, Oldsmobile, Hummer, and Cadillac. However, because of financial situations and other dilemmas a few of these brands had to be retired from GM. These include Oldsmobile in 2004, Pontiac, Saturn, and Hummer in 2010 (Elliott, 2009). Some of the brands the GM retired where not done for good, some of them got sold to other companies who continue to produce them today.
General Motors is worldwide and they have many workers “GM employs 209,00 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries” (General Motors Company, 2011). GM’s global
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