You take a lot of the basic features in your car for granted. But at some point in history, that feature didn’t exist, and someone invented it. Many of these essential vehicle features came from General Motors. These are some of the General Motors innovations that changed the industry forever.
The first automatic transmission, called the Hydra-Matic, made its debut on the 1940 Oldsmobile. Today, nearly every car sold is equipped with an automatic transmission.
General Motors was the first company to use air bags commercially in the 1970s (under the name “air cushion restraint system”) in the Buick and Oldsmobile brands. Today, air bags in cars are as necessary as steering wheels, and have saved countless lives.
A catalytic converter helps control the amount of toxic gases emitted by your car. General Motors started developing the converter in the 1960s and implemented the first units for the 1975 model year.
The now-beloved OnStar® system made its first appearance in 1996. It was the first type of in-car communication system and was used to offer drivers’ assistance long before cell phones became massively popular. More than 7 million drivers continue to use OnStar® today for help with emergency services, diagnostics, and even Wi-Fi.
While the industry continues to see new technology created on a regular basis, the early innovations of General Motors reminds us that sometimes, the best things never change. Visit Jim Causley GMC today for a look at the latest innovations from GM.
Detroit wouldn’t be what it is were it not for the
automotive industry, and the automotive industry wouldn’t be what it is were it
not for Detroit. It’s impossible to understate the impact that the Motor City
has had on the American car market and its explosive growth throughout the 20th
Of the major players in the history of Detroit, few are as influential as General Motors. The Michigan city wasn’t a household name until pioneers like William Durant and Charles Stewart Mott put it on the map. When they founded General Motors in 1908 in Flint, Michigan (later moving to Detroit in the 1920s), they probably didn’t anticipate the impact their business would have.
As General Motors acquired Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and
Pontiac, manufacturing jobs and economic growth in Detroit skyrocketed. By
1950, Detroit was America’s fourth-largest city, with a population exceeding
1.85 million people. Throughout the 20th century, General Motors’ engineering
innovations injecting Detroit’s economy with vitality and prosperity. Even a
century later, General Motors is inextricably linked with Detroit’s reputation
as a hub of cutting-edge innovation.
Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck is proud to be located in the Detroit metro area, where the automotive industry began and continues to grow a century later. We look forward to the many innovations that General Motors has in store for the 21st century.
If you work for General Motors (or are related to someone who is), the GM Employee Discount includes a range of perks and special deals that you won’t find elsewhere. There’s a GM Extended Family Card, a GM Accessories Employee Discount, a Certified Service Discount, and more. In short, you or your GM employee can find special deals for every step of the car-buying process. Whether you’re looking for small accessories or you’re buying a new GMC, using your employee discount will save you money.
According to GM, employees and eligible family members can use a GM Employee Discount to buy or lease an eligible, new Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle at a discounted price below the MSRP. The list below shows everyone who’s eligible:
Any active GM employee
Their spouse, children (and stepchildren), grandchildren, grandparents, parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Retired and former hourly or salaried GM employees
Widows and widowers of former GM employees
And employees, retirees, and surviving spouses of eligible divested companies and other organizations
Most new and used 2019 and 2018 GM cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans are eligible for discounts. In order to use the special discounts and rewards, you’ll need to obtain an authorization number and then take that to your local GM dealership. Simply select “GM Employee Discount” from the Programs menu on the GM Family First website, and select “Get Authorization Number.”
If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at Jim Causley and let us know you’re eligible for a GM discount.