William C. Durant, the owner of Buick at the time, founded General Motors as a holding company for automotive brands in 1908. Soon after, it acquired other automakers like Oldsmobile and Cadillac.

General Motors has its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.

Once the owner of many well known U.S. brands, the company's bankruptcy in 2009 resulted in the closing of brands like Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, and Hummer. General Motors now controls:

  • Autobaojun, a car maker in China
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • GMC
  • Holden for the Australian market
  • Jiefang, China-based commercial vehicle company
  • Wuling, an automaker in China