Although Ford and Chevrolet receive all the accolades for their trucks, the GMC pickup is the granddaddy of them all. First built in 1911, the GMC truck is an iconic part of the American automotive landscape. Over the next 100-plus years, GMC redefined the pickup truck, making it appeal to farmers, blue-collar workers, and even ? to some degree ? high society.
There's no way to summarize the GMC pickup in just a few words. In fact, most owners would say it's the perfect truck. If you're searching for a new pickup, there's a near certainty a GM truck is the one for you.
The history of the GMC truck starts more than 100 years ago, when the Reliance and Rapid automotive companies merged into what would later become GMC. Its first joint work was unveiled at the 1912 New York Auto Show. However, one of the most interesting aspects is that GMC also released a battery-powered version from a half-ton to 6 tons, beating the automotive industry to the idea of an electric car almost 100 years in advance.
With more than 100 years in the industry, GMC has earned its way to the top of the American truck market. Most recently, the GMC Sierra was named a Motor Trend Truck of the Year finalist, while Truck Trend named it the pickup of the year in 2016. The pickup was also named the fourth-best full-size pickup by U.S. News & World Report.
To top it off, the Canyon was also a Motor Trend Truck of the Year finalist, further establishing GMC's reputation for some of the finest trucks on the road. That's why the Detroit automaker touts itself as the best, saying "We Are Professional Grade." Few would argue.