General Motors

A holding company founded in 1908 by William Durant, General Motors currently sells cars under an array of brands, including Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall, GMC, Alpheon, Baojun, Jiefang and Uz-Daewoo.

During its bankruptcy in 2009, GM closed down or sold off several brands, including Hummer, Saturn and Saab.

Prior to that the company once made cars and trucks under the Oldsmobile, Geo, Pontiac, Oakland and Bedford marques.

Several concept cars have been badged solely as a GM vehicle, but only one vehicle has been sold as such, the ill-feted EV1 electric coupe.

How did General Motors get its name?

According to AOL Autos, Durant initially wanted to incorporate his company as International Motors, but lawyers informed him that it would be easier to raise funds under the GM name. Another early candidate was United Motors, but that was struck out as that name was already used in New Jersey.

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