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10-09-19

Flashback Friday: History of GM of Canada

History of GM Canada

Each year, General Motors of Canada reveals new and exciting vehicles and designs. Each year the company strives to create vehicles that exceed expectations, and while it’s exciting to look forward at what is coming next, it’s also interesting to look back at how far GM Canada has come. GM has a colorful history dating back to the mid 1800s. Let’s take a look back at the history of GM Canada.

At the very beginning of GM, there was a man in Ontario with a simple ax handle maker. He decided to lend his skills to a much bigger project when he began studying pictures of carriages. He decided to build himself a horse-drawn sleigh. One of his neighbors became very interested in the sleigh and asked if he could buy it. Eventually this farmers, Robert McLaughin opened a carriage plant in Oshawa, Ontario and opened branches around the country.

McLaughin had three sons. One established the Canada Dry Company and the other two became partners in McLaughlin Carriage Company. The two sons in the company, Sam and George, went for a ride in an automobile and immediately started persuading their family to start making them. Sam test-drove many motorcars and decided that Buick was the car for Oshawa. He made an agreement with Bill Durant, a partner in the Buick Motor Company. In 1908, 154 cars, called McLaughlins, were produced. This was just the beginning of the company we know as GM Canada.

There is much more to learn about the history of GM Canada, so check back to see what happened next. One thing is certain, GM Canada continued to grow into the company it is today, offering vehicles such as the 2015 Chevy Sonic2015 Buick Verano and more. If you want to see just how far GM Canada has come since 1901, come visit us at Craig Dunn Motor City. Schedule a test drive today and see what impressive vehicles we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you!

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