History of General Motors

History of General Motors

General Motors Corporation, also known as GM or GMC, is the world's largest car manufacturer based on annual sales. Founded in 1908, in Flint, Michigan, GM employs approximately 284,000 people around the world. With global headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. Their European headquarters is based in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall.

Early history

General Motors was founded on Wednesday, September 16, 1908 in Flint, Michigan, as a holding company for Buick, then controlled by William C. Durant, and acquired Oldsmobile later that year. The next year, Durant brought in Cadillac, Cartercar, Elmore, Ewing, and Oakland (later known as Pontiac). In 1909, General Motors also acquired the Reliance Motor Truck Company of Owosso, Michigan, and the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan, the predecessors of GMC Truck. A Rapid became the first truck to conquer Pikes Peak in 1909. In 1910, Welch and Rainier were added to the ever-growing list of companies controlled by GM. Durant lost control of GM in 1910 to a bankers trust, due to the large amount of debt (around $1 million) taken on in its acquisitions.

Durant left the firm and helped establish the Chevrolet Motor Company in 1911 with brothers Gaston and Louis Chevrolet. After a brilliant stock buy back campaign, he returned to head GM in 1916, with the backing of Pierre S. du Pont. Chevrolet entered the General Motors fold in 1917; its first GM car was 1918's Chevrolet 490. Du Pont removed Durant from management in 1920, and various Du Pont interests held large or controlling share holdings until about 1950.

In 1918 GM purchased the McLaughlin Motor Car Company of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, manufacturer of the McLaughlin-Buick automobile, and renamed it General Motors of Canada Ltd., with R.S. "Colonel Sam" McLaughlin as its first president.

In 1925, GM bought Vauxhall Motors of England, and then in 1929 went on to acquire an 80% stake in German automobile manufacturer Adam Opel AG. Two years later this was increased to 100% and the company remains the core of GM Europe to this day. In 1931, GM acquired Holden of Australia.

GM surpassed Ford Motor Company in sales in the late 1920s thanks to the leadership of Alfred Sloan. While Ford continued to refine the manufacturing process to reduce cost, Sloan was inventing new ways of managing a complex worldwide organization, while paying special attention to consumer demands. Car buyers no longer wanted the cheapest and most basic model; they wanted style, power, and prestige, which GM offered them. Thanks to consumer financing, easy monthly payments allowed far more people to buy GM cars, while Ford was moralistically opposed to credit.

1933 - 1958

During the 1920s and 1930s, General Motors assumed control of the Yellow Coach bus company, and helped create Greyhound bus lines. They replaced intercity train transport with buses, and established subsidiary companies to buy out streetcar companies and replace the rail-based services as well with buses. GM formed United Cities Motor Transit in 1932 ("see General Motors streetcar conspiracy for additional details").

In 1930, GM also began its foray into aircraft design and manufacturing by buying Fokker Aircraft Corp of America (U.S. subsidiary of Fokker) and Berliner-Joyce Aircraft, merging them into General Aviation Manufacturing Corporation. Through a stock exchange GM took controlling interest in North American Aviation and merged it with its General Aviation division in 1933, but retaining the name North American Aviation. In 1948, GM divested NAA as a public company, never to have a major interest in the aircraft manufacturing industry again.

General Motors bought the internal combustion engined railcar builder Electro-Motive Corporation and its engine supplier Winton Engine in 1930, renaming both as the General Motors Electro-Motive Division. Over the next twenty years, diesel-powered locomotives — the majority built by GM — largely replaced other forms of traction on American railroads. (During World War II, these engines were also important in American submarines and destroyer escorts.) Electro-Motive was sold in early 2005.

In 1935, the United Auto Workers labor union was formed, and in 1936 the UAW organized the Flint Sit-Down Strike, which initially idled two key plants in Flint, but later spread to half-a-dozen other plants including Janesville, Wisconsin and Fort Wayne, Indiana. In Flint, police attempted to enter the plant to arrest strikers, leading to violence; in other cities the plants were shuttered peacefully. The strike was resolved February 11 1937 when GM recognized the UAW as the exclusive bargaining representative for its workers.

World War II

General Motors produced vast quantities of armaments, vehicles, and aircraft during World War II for both Allied and Axis customers. By the spring of 1939, the German Government had assumed day-to-day control of American owned factories in Germany, but decided against nationalizing them. During the war, the U.S. auto companies continued to be concerned Nazi Germany would nationalize American-owned factories.Fact|date=May 2008

GM's William P. Knudson served as head of U.S. wartime production for President Franklin Roosevelt, who called Detroit as the Arsenal of Democracy. The General Motors UK division, Vauxhall Motors, manufactured the Churchill tank series for the Allies. The Vauxhall Churchill tanks were instrumental in the UK campaigns in North Africa (ironically often being used to attack German logistics units using Opel trucks). Bedford Vehicles manufactured logistics vehicles for the UK military, all important in the UK's land campaigns. In addition, GM was the top manufacturer of U.S. Army 1½ ton 4x4 vehicles. ["Great Trucks".]

Nevertheless, while General Motors has claimed its German (Opel) operations were outside its control during World War II, this assertion appears to be contradicted by available evidence. General Motors was not just a car company that happened to have factories in Germany; GM management from the top down had extensive connections with the NSDAP, both on a business and personal level. [“Trading with the Enemy”, Charles Higham, Doubleday (December 1982).]

American GM Vice President (later Colonel) Graeme K. Howard was a committed Nazi, and expressed such views in his book, "America and a New World Order". Adolf Hitler awarded GM boss James D. Mooney the Order of Merit of the Golden Eagle for his services to Nazi Germany. General Motors’ internal documents show a clear strategy to profit from their German military contracts even after Germany declared war against America.

Defending the German investment strategy as “highly profitable”, Alfred P. Sloan told shareholders in 1939 GM’s continued industrial production for the Nazi government was merely sound business practice. In a letter to a concerned shareholder, Sloan said that the manner in which the Nazi government ran Germany "should not be considered the business of the management of General Motors...We must conduct ourselves as a German organization. . . We have no right to shut down the plant." [Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration, "Washington Post", Monday, November 30, 1998; Page A0.]

After 20 years of researching General Motors, Bradford Snell stated, "General Motors was far more important to the Nazi war machine than Switzerland ... Switzerland was just a repository of looted funds. GM-Opel was an integral part of the German war effort. The Nazis could have invaded Poland and Russia without Switzerland. They could not have done so without GM.” [Ibid.]

Post-war growth

At one point GM had become the largest corporation registered in the United States, in terms of its revenues as a percent of GDP. In 1953, Charles Erwin Wilson, then GM president, was named by Eisenhower as Secretary of Defense. When he was asked during the hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee if as secretary of defense he could make a decision adverse to the interests of General Motors, Wilson answered affirmatively but added that he could not conceive of such a situation "because for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa". Later this statement was often misquoted, suggesting that Wilson had said simply, "What's good for General Motors is good for the country." At the time, GM was one of the largest employers in the world – only Soviet state industries employed more people. In 1955, General Motors became the first American corporation to pay taxes of over $1,000 million. [http://www.carofthecentury.com/gm's_annual_report_1955.htm]

1958 - 1983

While GM maintained its world leadership in revenue and market share throughout the 1960s to 1980s, it was product controversy that plagued the company in this period. It seemed that, in every decade, a major mass-production product line was launched with defects of one type or another showing up early in their life cycle. And, in each case, improvements were eventually made to mitigate the problems, but the resulting improved product ended up failing in the marketplace as its negative reputation overshadowed its ultimate excellence.

The first of these fiascos was the Chevrolet Corvair in the 1960s. Introduced in 1959 as a 1960 model, it was initially very popular. But before long its quirky handling earned it a reputation for being unsafe, inspiring consumer advocate Ralph Nader to lambaste it in his book, Unsafe at any Speed, published in 1965. Ironically, by the same (1965) model year, suspension revisions and other improvements had already transformed the car into a perfectly acceptable vehicle, but its reputation had been sufficiently sullied in the public's perception that its sales sagged for the next few years, and it was discontinued after the 1969 model year. During this period, it was also somewhat overwhelmed by the success of the Ford Mustang.

The 1970s was the decade of the Vega. Launched as a 1971 model, it also began life as a very popular car in the marketplace. But within a few years, quality problems, exacerbated by labor unrest at its main production source in Lordstown, Ohio, gave the car a bad name. By 1977 its decline resulted in termination of the model name, while its siblings along with a Monza version and a move of production to Ste-Therese, Quebec, resulted in a thoroughly desirable vehicle and extended its life to the 1980 model year.

In the 1980 model year, a full line of automobiles on the X-body platform, anchored by the Chevrolet Citation, was launched. Again, these cars were all quite popular in their respective segments for the first couple of years, but brake problems, and other defects, ended up giving them, known to the public as "X-Cars," such a bad reputation that the 1985 model year was their last. The J-body cars, namely the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire, took their place, starting with the 1982 model year. Quality was better, but still not exemplary, although good enough to survive through three generations to the 2005 model year. They were produced in a much-improved Lordstown Assembly plant, as are their replacements, the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac Pursuit/G5.

1983 - 2008

Under the controversial leadership of Roger B. Smith throughout the 1980s, a multitude of well-intentioned initiatives seemed to go awry at every turn. GM was losing money for the first time since the early 1920s as the legacy of poor management of the previous decade was taking its inevitable toll. Poor product quality, labour unrest and lawsuits over unsafe vehicle designs were affecting sales volumes, which meant that GM was losing market share at an alarming rate, mostly to foreign automakers. Recognizing the superiority of the Japanese quality and production procedures and practices, Smith set out to infuse their methods into the GM culture. He formed joint ventures with two Japanese companies (NUMMI in California with Toyota, and CAMI with Suzuki in Canada). Each of these agreements provided opportunities for GM managers to work alongside Japanese managers, thus learning their approaches, and taking this knowledge back to GM. Unfortunately the GM bureaucracy that opposed change influenced from outside was too strong and "inbred," so the efforts of these managers as they returned to GM were essentially ineffective. Apparently anticipating this reaction, Smith also launched the Saturn Corporation, in which these managers could institute the Japanese system in a fresh non-GM environment. While all three of these facilities were, and still are, moderately successful, the net result for GM was failure to accomplish Smith's ambitious goals. GM's profits remained inconsistent and its share of the U.S. market continued to fall.

Ironically it was another Smith, not related to Roger, who took the reins of GM in the early 1990s, and succeeded where Roger had failed. Like Roger, his tenure began when GM was in dire straits, having just endured a very close brush with bankruptcy. Its losses were much deeper than they had been a decade earlier and "Jack" Smith was burdened with the task of overseeing a radical restructuring of General Motors. Sharing Roger's understanding of the need for serious change, Jack undertook many major revisions, of which the most visible to the public in general was the demise of the Oldsmobile division, an effort that took in total a full decade. Reorganizing the management structure to dismantle the legacy of Alfred P. Sloan, instituting deep cost-cutting and introducing significantly improved vehicles were the key approaches. These moves were met with much less resistance within GM than had Roger's similar initiatives as GM management ranks were stinging from their recent near-bankruptcy experience and were much more willing to accept the prospect of radical change. By the late 1990s, many archaic remnants of GM's history were falling away, such as the Oldsmobile complex in Lansing, Michigan and Buick City in Flint. This also meant a large reduction in the work force. After GM's massive lay-offs hit Flint, Michigan, a strike began at the General Motors parts factory in Flint on June 5, 1998, which quickly spread to five other assembly plants and lasted seven weeks. Because of the significant role GM plays in the United States, the strikes and temporary idling of many plants noticeably showed in national economic observations.

In the late 1990s, GM had regained market share; its stock had soared to over $80 a share by 2000. However, in 2001, the stock market drop following the September 11, 2001 attacks, combined with historic pension underfunding, caused a severe pension and benefit fund crisis at GM and many other American companies and the value of their pension funds plummeted. A weak U.S. dollar and private health care (as opposed to nationalized health care in other countries) costs also put GM at a disadvantage to its Japanese, Korean, and European counterparts.

In successive moves, GM responded to the crisis by fully funding its pension fund; however, its Other Post Employment Benefits Fund (OPEB) became a serious issue resulting in downgrades to its bond rating in 2005. The company expressed its disagreement with these bond rating downgrades.

In 2006, GM responded by offering buyouts to hourly workers to reduce future liability; over 35,000 workers responded to the offer, well exceeding the company's goal. GM has gained higher rates of return on its benefit funds as a part of the solution. Stock value has begun to rebound - as of October 30, 2006 GM's market capitalization was about $19.19 billion. GM stock began the year 2006 at $19 a share, near its lowest level since 1982, as many on Wall Street figured the ailing automaker was bound for bankruptcy court.

But GM is still afloat and the company's stock in the Dow Jones industrial average posted the biggest percentage gain in 2006. [ [http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/investing/bal-bz.petruno26dec26,0,3755461.story?track=rss 2006 takes a soft bounce] By Tom Petruno, The Baltimore Sun, Tuesday, December 26, 2006]

In early 2007, GM fell to be the world's second largest auto company, behind Japan's Toyota, but regained the lead during the summer.

Also, in June 2007, GM sold its military and commercial subsidiary, Allison Transmission, for $5.6 billion. Having sold off the majority, it will, however, keep its heavy-duty transmissions for its trucks marketed as the Allison 1000 series.

During negotiations for the renewal of its industry labor contracts in 2007, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union selected General Motors as the "lead company" or "strike target" for pattern bargaining. Late in September, sensing an impending impasse in the talks, the union called a strike, the first nation-wide walkout since 1970 (individual plants had experienced local labor disruptions in the interim). Within two days, however, a tentative agreement was achieved and the strike ended.

GM in South Africa

General Motors was criticized for it's presence in aparthied South Africa. The company withdrew after pressure from consumers, stockholders and Leon H. Sullivan. [ [http://www.oicracine.org/sullivan.htm Civil Rights Crusader Leon Sullivan Dies] ]

Renault-Nissan proposal

On June 30, 2006, Kirk Kerkorian, whose Tracinda Corporation was the third-largest shareholder of General Motors, proposed a failed deal for an alliance between GM and Renault & Nissan. Tracinda has since sold off its interest in General Motors.

Corporate spin-offs

Electronic Data Systems Corporation

In 1984, GM acquired Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), a leading data processing and telecommunications company, to be the sole provider of information technology (IT) services for the company. EDS became independent again in 1996, signing a 10-year agreement to continue providing IT services to General Motors. [ [http://www.eds.com/news/features/2828/ EDS and General Motors Relationship Spans More Than Two Decades. EDS. Feb 2, 2006, retrieved March 18, 2007] ]

Delco Electronics Corporation

Delco Electronics Corporation was the automotive electronics design and manufacturing subsidiary of General Motors.

The name Delco came from the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co., founded in Dayton, Ohio by Charles Kettering and Edward A. Deeds.

Delco was responsible for several innovations in automobile electric systems, including the first reliable battery ignition system and the first practical automobile self starter.

In 1936 Delco began producing the first dashboard-installed car radios. By the early 1970s Delco had become a major supplier of automotive electronics equipment. Based in Kokomo, Indiana, Delco Electronics employed more than 30,000 at its peak.

In 1962 GM created the General Motors Research Laboratories, based in Santa Barbara, California, to conduct research and development activities on defense systems. This organization was eventually merged into Delco Electronics and renamed Delco Systems Operations.

In 1985 General Motors purchased Hughes Aircraft and merged it with Delco Electronics to form Hughes Electronics Corporation, an independent subsidiary. In 1997 all of the defense businesses of Hughes Electronics (including Delco Systems Operations) were merged with Raytheon, and the commercial portion of Delco Electronics was transferred to GM's Delphi Automotive Systems business. Delphi became a separate publicly-traded company in May 1999, and continued to use the Delco Electronics name for several of its subsidiaries through approximately 2004.

Although Delco Electronics no longer exists as an operating company, GM still retains rights to the Delco name and uses it for some of its subsidiaries including the AC Delco parts division.

Hughes Electronics Corporation

Hughes Electronics Corporation was formed on December 31, 1985 when Hughes Aircraft Company was sold by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to General Motors for $5.2 billion. General Motors merged Hughes Aircraft with its Delco Electronics unit to form Hughes Electronics Corporation, an independent subsidiary. This division was a major aerospace and defense contractor, civilian space systems manufacturer and communications company. The aerospace and defense business was sold to Raytheon in 1997 and the Space and Communications division was sold to Boeing in 2000. Hughes Research Laboratories became jointly owned by GM, Raytheon, and Boeing. In 2003, the remaining parts of Hughes Electronics were sold to News Corporation and renamed DirecTV Group.

Delphi Corporation

Delphi was spun-off from General Motors on May 28, 1999. Delphi is one of the largest automotive parts manufacturers and has approximately 185,000 employees (50,000 in the United States). With offices worldwide, the company operates 167 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 41 joint ventures, 53 customer centers and sales offices, and 33 technical centers in 38 countries. Delphi makes the Monsoon premium audio systems found in some GM and other manufacturer automobiles.

On October 8, 2005, Delphi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On March 31, 2006, Delphi announced it would sell off or close 21 of its 29 plants in the United States.

Diesel Engines

Detroit Diesel was originally the GM Diesel Division then Detroit Diesel Allison Division until 1988. It made diesel engines for truck, generating set and marine use.

Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) was originally the Electro-Motive Division of GM, until 2005. It made diesel engines and locomotives.

See also General Motors Diesel Division and GM Defense.

General Motors Acceptance Corporation

By the end of 2006, GM had completed the divestiture of 51% of its financing unit, GMAC.

General Motors Leadership

Chairmen of the Board of General Motors

Chairmen of the Board of General Motors [ [http://www.gm.com/company/corp_info/history/corp_officer_hist/corporateleadershistory_chair.html Chairmen of the Board of General Motors] ]

*Thomas Neal Nov.19,1912 - November 16, 1915
*Pierre S. du Pont Nov.16,1915 - February 7, 1929
*Lammot du Pont Feb.7, 1929 - May 3, 1937
*Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. May 3, 1937 - April 2, 1956
*Albert Bradley April 2, 1956 - August 31, 1958
*Frederic G. Donner Sept. 1, 1958 - October 31, 1967
*James M. Roche November 1, 1967 - December 31, 1971
*Richard C. Gerstenberg Jan. 1, 1972 - November 30, 1974
*Thomas A. Murphy December 1, 1974 - December 31, 1980
*Roger B. Smith Jan. 1, 1981 - July 31, 1990
*Robert C. Stempel August 1, 1990 - November 1, 1992
*John G. Smale November 2, 1992 - December 31, 1995
*John F. Smith, Jr. Jan. 1, 1996 - April 30, 2003
*G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. May 1, 2003–present

Chief Executive Officers of General Motors

Chief Executive Officers of General Motors [ [http://www.gm.com/company/corp_info/history/corp_officer_hist/corporateleadershistory_ceo.html Chief Executive Officers of General Motors] ]

*Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. May 10, 1923 - June 3, 1946
*Charles E. Wilson June 3, 1946 - Jan. 26, 1953
*Harlow H. Curtice February 2, 1953 - August 31, 1958
*James M. Roche November 1, 1967 - December 31, 1971
*Richard C. Gerstenberg Jan. 1, 1972 - November 30, 1974
*Thomas A. Murphy December 1, 1974 - December 31, 1980
*Roger B. Smith Jan. 1, 1981 - July 31, 1990
*Robert C. Stempel August 1, 1990 - November 1, 1992
*John F. Smith, Jr. November 2, 1992 - May 31, 2000
*G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. June 1, 2000–present

Presidents of General Motors

Presidents of General Motors [ [http://www.gm.com/company/corp_info/history/corp_officer_hist/corporateleadershistory_pres.html Presidents of General Motors] ]

*George E. Daniels Sept. 22, 1908 - October 20, 1908
*William M. Eaton October 20, 1908 - November 23, 1910
*James J. Storrow November 23, 1910 - Jan. 26, 1911
*Thomas Neal Jan. 26, 1911 - November 19, 1912
*Charles W. Nash November 19, 1912 - June 1, 1916
*William C. Durant June 1, 1916 - November 30, 1920
*Pierre S. du Pont November 30, 1920 - May 10, 1923
*Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. May 10, 1923 - May 3, 1937
*William S. Knudsen May 3, 1937 - Sept. 3, 1940
*Charles E. Wilson Jan. 6, 1941 - Jan. 26, 1953
*Harlow H. Curtice February 2, 1953 - August 31, 1958
*John F. Gordon Sept. 1, 1958 - May 31, 1965
*James M. Roche June 1, 1965 - October 31, 1967
*Edward N. Cole November 1, 1967 - Sept. 30, 1974
*Elliott M. Estes October 1, 1974 - Jan. 31, 1981
*F. James McDonald February 1, 1981 - August 31, 1987
*Robert C. Stempel Sept. 1, 1987 - July 31, 1990
*Lloyd E. Reuss August 1, 1990 - April 6, 1992
*John F. Smith, Jr. April 6, 1992 - October 5, 1998
*G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. October 5, 1998 - April 30, 2003

= References =

Further reading

* Barabba, Vincent P. "Surviving Transformation: Lessons from GM's Surprising Turnaround" (2004)
* Chandler, Alfred D., Jr., ed. "Giant Enterprise: Ford, General Motors, and the Automobile Industry" 1964.
* Cray, Ed. "Chrome Colossus: General Motors and Its Times." 1980.
* Farber, David. "Sloan Rules: Alfred P. Sloan and the Triumph of General Motors" U of Chicago Press 2002
* Gustin, Lawrence R. "Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors" , 1973.
* Halberstam, David. "The Reckoning" (1986) detailed reporting on the crises of 1973-mid 1980s
* Keller, Maryann. "Rude Awakening: The Rise, Fall, and Struggle for Recovery of General Motors", 1989.
* Leslie, Stuart W. "Boss Kettering: Wizard of General Motors" Columbia University Press, 1983.
* Maxton, Graeme P. and John Wormald, "Time for a Model Change: Re-engineering the Global Automotive Industry" (2004)
* Maynard, Micheline. "The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market" (2003)
* Rae, John B. "The American Automobile: A Brief History". University of Chicago Press, 1965.
* Sloan, Alfred P., Jr. "My Years with General Motors", 1963.
* Weisberger, Bernard A. "The Dream Maker: William C. Durant, Founder of General Motors" , 1979

External links


* [http://www.gm.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.gmcanada.com/ Canadian GM Site]
* [http://www.gmeurope.com/ Official Website of GM Europe]
* [http://www.gmnext.com/ GM"next" Official Website]
* [http://wiki.gmnext.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page GM Generations of Wiki: GM's online living history]
* [http://www.gmblogs.com/ GM's Corporate Blogs: Fastlane and FYI]
* [http://www.gmability.com/ GMability, GM's corporate responsibility site]
* [http://www.gmability.com/education/ GM's K-12 education site]
* [http://www.gm.com/company/corp_info/history/gmhis1900.html Corporate history]
* [http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/adv_tech/300_hybrids/index_bus.html GM's Hybrid Propulsion System for Buses]
* [http://www.gmphotostore.com/ GM PhotoStore]


* [http://biz.yahoo.com/cnw/061201/mi_gm_nov_sales.html?.v=1 GM 2006 sales chart by division]
* [http://www.cheersandgears.com/ Cheers and Gears] - GM Enthusiast and News Forum
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* [http://www.gmclube.com.br/ GM Club Brazil] (Portuguese)

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