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  • Ford
    Ford is a company in the automotive industry that was first founded in June of 1903 by Henry Ford. The Ford Company has its headquarters based in Dearborn, Michigan and currently offers its vehicles on a worldwide level. Currently, the Ford Motor Company has a number of subsidiaries and it serves as a parent company for, Automotive Components Holdings, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo. The Ford Company also retains a number of different divisions including the Ford Credit division, the Ford division, the Lincoln division, the Mercury division and the Premier Automotive Group. A company that began with as little as 28 thousand dollars in 1903, now generates an income that is easily in the billions. The company has proven so successful that they have been identified as one of the major three automobile manufacturers in the world today. Famous Fords include the Model A, the Model T, and the Ford Thunderbird. Today, Ford continues to manufacture both cars and trucks. Recently, Ford has added several hybrids to the list as the company looks for ways to manufacture vehicles that offer safer environmental alternatives.
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    07 Mar 2009, 12:27
  • General Motors
    GMC, the General Motors Corporation, also understood as the GM Corporation has a total of thirty manufacturing facilities in the United States alone. In addition to the manufacturing facilities in the U.S., GMC has an additional thirty-three companies in 33 different countries around the world today. The company was built in 1908 and has grown to such an extent that it now employs more than 284,000 individuals around the world. GMC has its headquarters in the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan and manufactures an incredible assortment of trucks and cars. A year after the GMC company was formed it was merged with the Grabowsky Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. Later, in 1912 GMC trucks were presented to the automobile industry and GMC trucks remain popular trucks today. The current lineup of GMC trucks include the Sierra, the Acadia, the Yukon, and the Envoy. GMC also puts its label on sports utility vehicles and it is the second biggest selling vehicle division after Chevy.
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    02 Mar 2010, 19:33
  • Chrysler
    The Chrysler Pentastar makes Chrysler vehicles easily identifiable. A five-pointed star within a pentagon, the Pentastar that Chrysler uses to mark its vehicles has a unique and interesting history. The Pentastar was used by Chrysler in its early beginnings and revived in the early '60's. Later, all other signs associated with Chrysler fell out of favor and Chrysler began marking all of its cars with the Pentastar symbol once more. A commonly held, false notion is that the Pentastar actually signifies the five corporate divisions of Chrysler, but this is not the case. Rather, the Pentastar was selected for its easy recognition and universal application. Now, the Pentastar has once again evolved with the merging of Chrysler and its new parent company, Daimler-Benz. The Pentastar has been redesigned as it is found inside silver wings - a symbol that undoubtedly suggests that the merging of the two companies will lead to new heights for both Chrysler and Daimler-Benz.
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    07 Mar 2009, 12:22
  • Buick
    Buick is a brand of vehicle that is certainly viewed as an American automobile manufacturer, but in truth, Buick is manufactured in a number of different regions throughout the world. Buicks are made in Canada as well as the United States, and various countries in Europe either manufacture Buicks or import Buicks into the country. In fact, in China, Buick is a common vehicle and Buicks have actually been sold in China since the early 1900s.Buick continues to remain an incredibly popular manufacturer - as one of the oldest car manufacturers Buick has proven its longevity in the automobile industry. Buick has been in business for nearly 100 years, and has continued to thrive since the creation of the company by David Dunbar, a Scottish immigrant and the inventor of the overhead-valve design. Today, Buick manufactures Sedans, SUVs, minivans, and trucks, all which maintain the Buick demand for quality.
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  • Cadillac
    Cadillac automotive manufacturers are responsible for many innovations in the automobile industry. Cadillac was the very first manufacturer to establish the mass production of automobiles possessing a V-8 engine configuration. Cadillac cars were also the first automobiles to be produced with automatic starters; no longer relying on a hand crank, Cadillac manufactured cars that relied on the electric starter invented by Charles Kettering in the early 1900s. Meanwhile, Cadillac manufactured fully enclosed vehicles and was the first car manufacturer to do so in 1914. In the late '20s, Cadillac established the very first manual transmission complete with synchronizers and thereby massively improved the Cadillac's drivability. In addition, in the 40s, after meeting with Henry F. Phillips, Cadillac began to rely on the use of the Phillips screw to increase the efficiency and speed of their car-manufacturing production line: again, Cadillac remained the first in the automotive industry to do so.
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  • Chevrolet
    William C. Durant left the General Motors Corp. (GM), in the early 1900's and began working with Louis Chevrolet in an effort to establish the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. The company made its first automobile offering as early as 1912, and in 1914 Chevrolet's were manufactured with the bowtie appearing logo - Durant's design based on a wallpaper print in one of Paris's hotels. In 1918, the Chevy Motor Car Company proved quite successful, and Durant bought shares in GM; the Chevy Motor Corporation then became a subsidiary of GM and maintained incredible success into the 1920s. By the late '20s, Chevrolet Motor Corp. was selling more vehicles than its major competitors: and in 1934 the company introduced the concept of independent suspensions. In the early fifties, the public saw the emergence of Chevrolet's famous Corvette; in the sixties the Camaro was introduced; and the '70s saw the introduction of cars like the Chevy Malibu and Caprice. By the eighties, the Chevy Corporation was manufacturing trucks and sports utility vehicles, and the company still manufactures a variety of automobiles, SUVs, and trucks today.
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  • Dodge
    Dodge was originally founded in 1914. Dodge manufactures both automobiles and trucks and produces European and American cars, it has also previously manufactured Military vehicles used during WWI. Formerly known as the Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company, the company was purchased by Chrysler in 1928: later merging with Daimler-Benz in 1998 to become DaimChrysler. The current Dodge Headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The corporation saw a drop in sales during the 70's but later saw a revival in sales during the 80s with the successful creation of several economy cars. Dodge's best success can be found in the manufacturing of the Caravan first created in 1984. Currently, Dodge is revered most for its trucks, which actually constitute almost 80 percent of sales annually. Dodge manufactures mid-price vehicles, muscle vehicles, performance cars, Pickups, sports cars, SUVs, vans, coupes, and sedans.
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    07 Mar 2009, 12:23
  • Hummer
    Hummer is a division of the General Motors Corporation and was first established in 1995. Hummer relies on the slogan, "Like nothing else" and indeed these vehicles are utterly unique: the Hummer is actually a vehicle that has its design derived from the Humvee, also known as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. At one time the Hummer was created by AM General Corporation and the first Hummers were introduced in Europe. In the early 90's the SUV was later marketed as a Hummer and General Motors purchased the brand rights in 1998. The Hummer lineup first started with the H lineup and began with the H1; a vehicle that's purpose was for off road driving. Later the H2 and H3 soon followed. The H3 offers amazing off-road capabilities as well as on road driving and smooth handling; the latter vehicle is considered an midsized vehicle, one that offers 20 miles per gallon in terms of fuel efficiency.
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  • Jeep
    The Jeep trademark was first owned by Willys-Overland, when the company shared with Ford Motor Company the manufacturing of the GPW (G - governmental, P - wheel base type, W - Willys-Overland) inspection vehicle for the United States Army in 1941. The company was purchased by Kaiser in 1953, which changed its name to Kaiser-Jeep a year later. In 1970, American Motors (AMC) bought Kaiser-Jeep and in 1979, began receiving investment from French automobile manufacturer Renault. Hit by financial troubles in 1987, Renault was sold to Chrysler Corporation, which merged with Diamler-Benz in 1988. The DiamlerChrysler Company LLC currently owns the trademark for Jeep' and the vehicle's distinguishing seven-slot front grille design. The Jeep' headquarters is currently based in Toledo, Ohio in U.S.A., and is known for producing sturdy yet stylish four-wheel steering Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV), which are easy to maneuver and meet the requirements of the adventure seeker as well as a family unit.
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    07 Mar 2009, 12:37
  • Lincoln
    For nearly a century, the name Lincoln has been synonymous with luxury, comfort, and design. Founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland and later acquired by Ford Motor Company in 1922, the company offers an extensive line of vehicles to include luxury sedans, pickups, and SUV's. In the 1920's many famous people in America such as Herbert Hoover, W.C. Fields, and Thomas Edison drove these luxury automobiles. The manufacturer had reached premium luxury status by 1930 because of its unique styling, quality, and value. All vehicles are backed by a 6- year/ 70,000 mile limited power-train warranty, providing piece of mind to all their buyers. Recently, the company has expanded its lineup by adding pickup trucks and sport sedans to attract a new generation of consumers. In the fall of 2007, Lincoln will be introducing "Sync" (powered by Microsoft), a voice activated, hands free communications and entertainment system.
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  • Mercury
    Mercury has released vehicles under the Ford platform since 1939, typically filling a near-luxury class in between the economy line Ford vehicles and the luxury Lincoln vehicles. While models produced in the 1950's and 1960's stretched and lowered the Ford style of vehicles, creating unique and interesting cars, more recently many models have been slightly higher end versions of Ford's designs. Sales and production of Mercury vehicles peaked in 1978 and again in 1993, but today approximately 200,000 vehicles are produced each year in this line. The line today is characterized by luxury, comfort, and an array of models. 2008 models include the Mariner, Montegro, Monterey, Milan, Mountaineer and Grand Marquis, as well as a re-release of the successful Sable. An eco-friendly hybrid version of the Mariner is even available. Styling and branding today includes a distinctive waterfall style front grille, block lettering, and a new advertising campaign focused on women.
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  • Pontiac
    Pontiac automobiles, including sedans, sports cars, SUVs and crossover SUVs currently, are produced by General Motors, and have been since 1926. This mid-range automotive line is stylish and sporty, emphasizing performance. Advertising typically targets a younger demographic, and sportier body styles are featured. Engine performance has been an important feature of this product line since the beginning, with the earliest models offering an affordable 6-cylinder engine option. From 1926 to 1956, the company used a Native American head as a logo, but that was replaced by the red arrowhead design still used today. The Pontiac GTO is one of the most notable parts of the history of this branch of General Motors. This car blended race car and drag car components, and began the 1960's muscle car era. In 1968, the GTO was voted car of the year. Also responsible for introducing the sports coupe to the market, this automotive line has a long history of combining performance and style in an affordable package for the public.
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  • Saturn
    Saturn Corporation is a subsidiary of General Motors, and was established in 1985 during a time when Japanese car manufacturers were becoming a big deal in the United States. This brand was supposed to compete with the new Japanese cars in the American and Canadian markets, and was structured similarly to Japanese auto manufacturers, with laborers allowed more control of the plant. The first Saturn was manufactured in 1990, with a distribution network that was created from scratch for the division and an emphasis on customer service. This division was focused on creating a no-hassle, customer friendly environment with retailers instead of dealers and professional, friendly staff. Vehicles are sold at list price, and customer satisfaction is very high with this mid-priced brand of automobile.
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