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.

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.

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.

GM Trucks Take Home Top Safety Scores


Following a recent 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse, General Motors has yet again scored another win (or two). GM trucks have officially taken the safety lead. The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra and the 2014 Chevy Silverado recently earned 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both trucks scored big on their New Car Assessment Program.

All cab configurations for the Silverado and Sierra each have the highest possible Overall Vehicle Score under their belt, making them the first pickup trucks to win these safety scores since the requirements were made more difficult to achieve (in 2011). Regardless, we couldn’t be prouder of our GM trucks.

With the power you want to finish your toughest job comes safety features you need to stay secure in your truck. Just a few of the safety features you’ll find in the Silverado and Sierra include:

    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Steel frames throughout
    • Standard lap belt pretensioners
    • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
    • Available OnStar services and capabilities
    • Six standard air bags with a 360-degree sensor system

What are you waiting for? Check out the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado today at Wiesner of Huntsville!

GM is Donating 150K to MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization working to protect families and their loved ones from underage drinking and drunk driving. It all started by a mother whose daughter was the victim of a drunk driver, and has grown to a nation-wide effort to Eliminate Drunk Driving. It’s not hard to see why General Motors would want to support this cause.

GM is donating $150,000 to MADD to help educate and inform families as well as teens about what underage drinking and drunk driving can do to people and their families. In 2011, drunk driving killed more than 9,800 people and injured about 315,000 in the America. MADD can help by servicing one victim every 8.6 minutes at no charge by providing counseling, medical help, legal support, and more. GM sees the importance in helping this effort and since 1995 has donated grants to MADD totaling nearly $4 million to support their recovery work.

MADD, GM, and we here at Wiesner of Huntsville cannot stress enough the importance of having a designated driver at all times. If you have young teens of your own, be sure to aid in this drinking prevention by educating them about underage drinking. Together, we can make a difference.

GM Has Six Nominations for 2014 North American Car of the Year


2014 Cadillac CTS

The short list for the 2014 North American Car of the Year has been revealed (and truck). And, General Motors has great odds for winning in both categories. The list, which includes 12 cars and 12 trucks/utilities, has a total of six GM vehicles. This is twice the amount of any other auto maker.

The list of 24 nominees will be narrowed down to three in each category in December. And the winners will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

In the car category, General Motors was nominated for the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and Chevrolet Impala. GM models in the truck/utility category include the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra.

Last year, GM won the 2013 North American Car of the Year with the Cadillac ATS. Even if none of the GM cars or trucks win, which we hope doesn’t happen, it is still remarkable to have so many vehicles on the list. The only criteria for this award is to have a new or significantly redesigned model and have it be on sale in 2013.

Stop by Wiesner of Huntsville and check out all of the nominated GM models today.

General Motors: The King of Trucks


Everyone knows there are only a few big players in the pickup truck industry, and with numerous years worth of awards behind its belt, it’s undeniable that General Motors (GM) is the one and only, ultimate reigning, official King of Trucks.

Of course, we wouldn’t say this without showing a little more proof behind the name. Recently, GM has earned the crown for most horsepower in a mainstream pickup truck with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, making them the maker of the most powerful light-duty truck engines. This monster engine is available in both the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, both notable big-time players in the pickup industry. The engine pushes out an incredible 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft. of torque, running right past big competitors like the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.

If you’re in the market for one of these heavy-duty trucks, expect to go with trims including the LTZ or Denali, but rest assured that your towing capabilities will be out of this world. Get your hands on a bad boy with this engine, and you’ll be riding high with 12,000 pounds of towing capability behind you. Unbeatable.

Stop by Wiesner of Huntsville today to test drive the Chevrolet Silverado or the GMC Sierra, or both!

GM: Two Midsize Pickup Trucks to be Released

2012 GMC Canyon

2012 GMC Canyon

Last week, General Motors announced the up and coming arrival of two former midsize pickup trucks: the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, both who failed to see a 2013 model. Nonetheless, GM has high expectations for these trucks, which are expected to be improved and enhanced with versatility and fantastic fuel efficiency. It will be the reintroduction of the midsize pickup truck into a market full of big, strong, body-building large pickups, so the new and improved Colorado and Canyon should be a success.

Only a nose-to-nose photo of the Colorado and Canyon together was released, but from what GM says, both trucks will undergo vast improvements when they begin production next year. These trucks, along with the 2014 Silverado and Sierra 1500, will give GM one of the most powerful and complete truck lineups of all time. General Motors will be even more of a force to be reckoned with.

What do you think? Are you ready for the next midsize pickup truck?