The General Motors Company was established in 1908 by William C. Durant, a successful investor who realized the potential of the car industry in its early stages. From the beginning, GM was organized as a parent company which included some of the most influential names in the American car industry. With Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and La Salle (amongst others) under its wing, GM was soon the biggest car company in the world, which is a position it retained for decades until recently.
Even though the last couple of decades wasn’t very kind to once-mighty GM with the global recession, bankruptcy, and government bailout, the truth is that this gigantic company is still very relevant on the global market. Today we will not talk about problems and challenges GM is encountered in the last 20 years, but what cars made it so big, so popular and so influential. Today, we will tell you about 20 most memorable GM models regardless of the model year, market segment, production numbers or the price. The cars that showed the world that General Motors is the biggest company in the world and that are still monuments to forward thinking and American engineering.
Introduced in 1958 as the top of the line trim on full-size Chevrolet models, Impala is one of the most legendary car nameplates. For decades it was synonymous with big four-door sedans and even today, Impala is a classic sedan with lots of space and power. Despite the fact that SUVs have killed the sedans, Impala is still on the market and it has been sold in over 14 million examples which are an extraordinary achievement by GM.
Over the years, Impala traveled from the top of the line model to base full-size sedan, it was a muscle car with the legendary SS version, NASCAR racer, and police cruiser. It endured all recessions and market changes and it is still going strong.