A History of General Motors Innovations Throughout the Years

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.

Automatic transmission

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.

Air bags

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.

Catalytic converter

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.

OnStar®

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.

All-new CarbonPro Editions of GMC Sierra on Sale this Summer

The all-new CarbonPro™ Editions of the GMC Sierra, which will be offered on the Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500, are set to debut in dealerships this summer.

The innovative new CarbonPro bed on the GMC Sierra is the first use of this unique carbon fiber composite in pickup trucks, and it delivers unmatched strength and durability. Boasting “best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance,” according to GMC, the CarbonPro bed is more lightweight, spacious, and versatile than ever.

The carbon fiber used to make the CarbonPro bed, the same raw material often found in supercars and spacecraft, is super lightweight, shaving 60 pounds off the total weight of the Sierra. It’s bigger, too, with an extra cubic foot of cargo space in the bed, and its durable, textured surface means it doesn’t even need a bedliner.

The CabonPro bed was rigorously tested to ensure its resistance to every kind of damage. GMC tested its performance in extreme temperatures both high and low, dropped heavy loads into the bed repeatedly, and even ran a snowmobile in the bed at full power, with the bed sustaining little to no damage.

A limited number of CarbonPro-equipped vehicles will be released for the 2019 model year, so find a GMC Sierra Carbon Pro on sale soon. If you miss it, though, don’t worry — GMC plans to offer the CarbonPro much more widely in 2020.

Visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck for more details on the all-new CarbonPro™ Editions of the GMC Sierra.