A History of General Motors

A History of General Motors | Huntsville, TX

General Motors is an American company rich with tradition, history, and legacy. They’re a company whose products we’re proud to provide to our customers and friends here at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Here’s a little history of General Motors for the curious:

In 1908, General Motors was formed in Detroit, Michigan. It started its life as the holding company of William C. “Billy” Durant, the chieftain of Buick Motors. At this time, America was home to less than 8,000 automobiles. The car was still a modern marvel, and no one could anticipate the revolutionary effects it would have across the globe. General Motors would go on to acquire over 20 automakers, including Chevrolet and Pontiac.

During World War II, General Motors sent over 12 billion dollars’ worth of aide in supplies and materials, like airplanes and tanks, to the Allied Forces. When the war ended, GM went back to innovating for civilian vehicles, developing industry-changing concepts like front-wheel suspension and the unibody construction.

This tendency to innovate continued over the decades. General Motors led the charge in taking the lead out of gasoline, producing cars that operated on low-lead or unleaded gas in 1971. They were a critical player in the development of guidance and navigation systems for the Apollo 11 mission, and manufactured the Lunar Roving Vehicle (the first-ever vehicle to operate on the Moon) for Apollo 15.

Today, GM remains a major innovator and game-changer in the global automotive industry. To see what GM rolls off the assembly line for the 2019 model year, check out the inventory at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Best Luxury Models

At Wiesner of Huntsville, we’ve got options. We’re here to offer you the best of Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. But when it comes to these manufacturers, which are the best luxury models of each? The answer is here, and you can call us to set up a test drive in any of these today.

best luxury models - 2017 Cadillac SRX

2017 Chevrolet Impala

This sedan combines a sleek exterior with intelligent design on the inside and under the hood. A roomy cabin is home to a long list of advanced technology features. You and your passengers will stay entertained with the Chevrolet Impala’s available smartphone integration that uses Chevy MyLink, available Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility to keep you connected. Two engine options are available, and the 2017 Chevrolet Impala reaches a maximum 305 horsepower.

2017 Buick Verano

Like the Impala, the luxurious Buick Verano is a five-seat sedan that allows you and your family or friends to travel in class. The interior is made of the finest materials and can be taken to the next level with available upgrades like leather seats.

2017 Yukon Denali

Where full-size SUVs are concerned, the Yukon Denali may be the most luxurious on the market. Its three rows of first-class seating are graced with elegant extras like heated second row seats, wood inlays and French Seam stitching. Yet, the 2017 Yukon Denali can still tow a maximum of 8,400 pounds meaning this SUV offers the best of both worlds.

2016 Cadillac SRX

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is our choice for a luxury crossover, offering exceptional quality in handling and comfort. Though discontinued as of this year, the SRX is still a great way to go if you want a crossover that can keep you comfortable and entertained with up-to-date technology like available Wi-Fi and modern safety features.

Chevy, Buick, and GMC Expand Military Discounts

Chevy, Buick and GMC military discounts - Iwo Jima Military memorial

Through May 31st, 2016, Chevy, Buick, and GMC will be expanding their military discounts for U.S. military veterans and their spouses in honor of National Military Appreciation Month.

GM offers the most comprehensive automotive military discount program in the industry. The program is available to U.S. military veterans within one year of separation, active-duty members, reservists, retirees, and their spouses. And, in honor of May being National Military Appreciation Month, the program will now expand to all veterans and spouses, regardless of their separation date.

The discount is available for popular models, including the all-new Chevrolet Malibu, GMC Sierra, and Buick Encore. Plus, the discount can be combined with current incentives, so veterans could save thousands of dollars on brand new models.

“The Military Discount is one of many GM efforts to say thank you to U.S. military families,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer and former U.S. Navy captain.

GM has supported the U.S. military since 1917, when 90% of GM’s trucks were manufactured for WWI. And today, GM maintains the support by hiring and helping the latest generation of veterans. We want to thank every person who has served our country. It takes a brave soul to join, and we want to show our appreciation at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Demand for GM’s Midsize Pickup Trucks Drives Production Up

There’s an easy way to tell how good a vehicle really is: check out how well it’s selling. For the 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Chevy Colorado, that spells success. In fact, they’re both selling way more than General Motors could have anticipated.

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2015 GMC Canyon

Back in March, GM added a third shift at its Wentzville, MO, factory, bringing total full-time employment to 3,500 hourly workers. Yet it’s already become clear that this won’t be enough. Demand for the two midsize pickup trucks is simply through the roof.

In response, GM plans to hire yet another 1,000 new “flex” workers for the Saturday and Sunday shifts to build an additional 2,000 pickups a month.

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2015 Chevy Colorado

It even resorted to reshuffling and optimizing the working schedule, eliminating a six-minute break in production between shifts. That adds up to 18 minutes of production a day and more than 3,500 trucks a year.

See what all the fuss is about at Wiesner of Huntsville!

Chevy Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban Recognized as Best Family Cars

What goes into the best family cars? Some will tell you that size is the key. Others will mention comfort, and others still might bring up entertainment to keep the kids distracted.

At Wiesner of Huntsville, we think the key to a great family vehicle is reliability and safety. What good is a big, comfortable, entertaining vehicle you’re not sure if it’ll get you and your family from point A to B safely every time you get into it?

Best Family Cars

That’s why we recommend the Chevrolet Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban to everyone who asks us for a family car. The former two were named among KBB.com’s 15 Best Family Cars of 2015 and the latter two among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for Families, thanks to their great family features and reliability and safety.

For example, the Impala comes with available Front Automatic Braking, which can apply the brakes when the forward-sensing radar system sees a crash coming before the driver does; and the Tahoe and Suburban both offer the GM Safety Alert Seat, which alerts drivers about potential crashes via directional vibrations in the seat.

“Chevrolet puts families first, with cars, trucks and SUVs that provide the latest safety technologies and crash protection at a value,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet and president, GM North America. “It’s why Chevrolet was the most-awarded car company in 2014 and is driving toward another year of strong recognition.”

GM Lordstown Complex Site of Expanded Solar Power

If you ever had any doubt as to GM’s commitment to the use of solar power, rest assured that the automaker’s current project at the GM Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio, will convince you. By the end of 2014, the home of the Chevy Cruze will become the site of GM’s largest installation of solar panels in the Western Hemisphere with a 2.2 megawatt array.


When the project is complete, 8,500 solar panels will have been placed, powering almost 1.5 percent of the plant and reducing CO2 emissions by 1,993 tons.

A 1.8 megawatt array is already located in Toledo, the state’s largest solar array on a rooftop. The GM Lordstown Complex’s array will be ground-mounted.

“With more solar installations than any other automotive company and the second-highest percentage of solar among all commercial users, GM shows that manufacturing and the use of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand,” said Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association president and CEO.

Resch’s organization named GM a “Solar Champion” in 2013, and its Solar Means Business Report for 2014 listed the automaker as one of the top 25 corporate solar power users for the second year in a row.

We at Wiesner of Huntsville are excited to see what GM’s use of solar power will mean for reduced production costs, which will hopefully translate into reduced vehicle prices for our consumers.

GM Takes Advice From Customers for Next Generation Volt


2015 Chevy Volt

General Motors is looking to the experts for advice on the next generation Volt hybrid car—and we are not talking about expert engineers. Instead, the American carmaker is looking to Chevrolet Volt owners for input on what needs to be improved for the extended-range plug-in hybrid, while making a pledge that the 2016 model year Volt will be improved in all meaningful areas.

Based on research gathered on Volt driving habits, General Motors was able to determine that two-thirds of the Volts’ collective miles are driven in electric mode, with 81% of the Volts’ trips being completed solely on electric power. The research has discovered that Volt drivers plug the car in an average of 10 times a week with 60% of Volt customers only using a standard 110 outlet to charge.

With this information, we can guess that there will be some improvements made to the range of the Volt, along with its charging capabilities. GM already released a teaser shot of the 2016 Volt and announced its worldwide debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show next January. Until the plug-in hybrid’s big debut, make sure you check back to Wiesner of Huntsville for more details as they are released.

GM Offers an Educator Discount to Teachers Everywhere


While the end-of-year homemade cars and cookies are a great way to show your appreciation for your children’s teacher, GM has come up with something even better—an educator discount. Through January 2, 2015, current employees of a public or private school, university or college are eligible for the new GM Educator Discount program. Through this program, they will receive a significant discount on the purchase or lease of a new 2015 or 2014 Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle.

“GM values the work our educators and support staff are doing across the country to create a strong, responsible workforce for the future,” said Linda Stouffer, manager of Vehicle Purchase Programs. “The GM Educator Discount is our way of showing our support and appreciation for everyone in the education community.”

The only cars that are not eligible for the discount program are the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Spark EV, so tell the teachers in your life to stop in to Wiesner of Huntsville today to receive a discount on all GM vehicles!

OnStar Advisor Awarded for Quick Thinking, Dedicated Service


If you’ve ever used OnStar during an emergency or any other time for that matter, you know how helpful the highly trained dispatchers can be. OnStar Emergency Advisor Bryan Anta was named 2014 Dispatcher of the Year by the International Academy of Emergency DispatchTM (IAEDTM).

“It is a great accomplishment for Bryan to win this award, considering the other 9-1-1 and emergency medical dispatchers nominated experience and expertise in dealing with a wide range of emergencies on a daily basis,” said Terry Inch, OnStar’s chief operating officer. “This is a testament to the rigorous emergency training our advisors go through and their ability to provide medical instructions before first responders arrive.”

“I still can’t believe it, I’m very honored,” Anta said. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people and I’ve always wanted to do that with my life. Working at OnStar gives me the opportunity to do that at the highest level.”

Though Anta expressed his disbelief at receiving the award, given the nature of some of his calls, it’s no surprise he was selected as Dispatcher of the Year.

During one call, Anta told NaToshya Reed, who was unable to speak due to a severe asthma attack, to “honk once for ‘yes’ and twice for ‘no’” to quickly discern the situation and calmly provide medical instructions until EMTs arrived.

That’s just one story of several where Anta’s quick thinking and expertise helped to save a life.

We at Wiesner of Huntsville are proud to have such dedicated dispatchers on our side. How have OnStar’s capable employees been there for you and your family?

Recovery Efforts Underway for Sinkhole Corvettes

On February 12, you may have woken up early in the morning feeling nervous, but not knowing why. If you’re a Corvette fan it was because eight valuable Corvettes had just been swallowed by a giant sinkhole that opened under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

Now, nearly a month later, the recovery efforts are in full swing. Already, five of the eight cars have been pulled from the hole with varying degrees of damage.

The first car to come out was the last car to fall in, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil.” To the naked eye this car appears to need little more than a car wash. In fact, it was in such good shape, workers were able to start it up and drive it out of the room. Museum officials say the car suffered a split oil-line, damage to the carbon fiber running boards, a small crack in the windshield, and some minor paint damage.

The other cars were not so lucky. Cars two through four will all need more extensive repairs. The 1993 40th Anniversary “Ruby Red,” has damage on virtually every body panel and a broken windshield. Next, was a beautiful, black 1962 Corvette, which was in remarkably good condition with only a minor crack in the rear and an eight-inch crack in the front fender. Corvette number four, the 1992 one millionth Corvette, looks a bit squashed and will need some bodywork and a new windshield.

The last Corvette pulled from the hole, the 1984 PPG Pace Car, suffered the most damage. It appears to have been “karate chopped” by a concrete slab as the rear panels are completely separated from the body.

We have to image the remaining three cars are in serious condition as well. The museum has said that all of the damaged Corvettes will go on display at the museum until June before they are transported to General Motors for restoration.