How Well Do You Know General Motors?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

If you're a car lover, then you would have heard of General Motors, that is for sure. In fact, even those who don't love cars as much as you might have heard of this iconic American company. They are one of the big three car makers in America and sell millions of vehicles, not only in the United States but around the world as well.

General Motors has existed for more than a century. But do you know the ins and outs of the company? Things like, who formed General Motors. When was the company started? Which models do they produce? Which brands have come and gone under the General Motors banner?

Well in this quiz, we will put your knowledge about this iconic company to the test. As a car aficionado, you should have all the answers, except we have made sure some of the questions are a little trickier than others. It's no easy ride, but you should finish high up the field come the end of this race!

So start your engine, wait till those lights turn green, floor the accelerator and head off toward the checkered flag and ultimate victory!

All the best of luck to you!

General Motors was formed by carriage builder, William C. Durant on Sept. 16, 1908.

Since its inception in 1953, the Corvette brand has been the jewel in the Chevrolet crown. Perhaps the most famous of all the generation of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, which was produced by the company between 1963 and 1967. This looker had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options including small and big block V8s.

Cadillac, Chevrolet and Buick are all General Motors brands. Mercury, now defunct, was part of the Ford stable.

One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by Chevrolet was the Bel Air. The models manufactured between 1955 and 1957 will always be remembered for fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins.

The Saturn brand didn't last long as part of General Motors. Brought in to provide an alternative to small Japanese cars, Saturn started in 1985 and was closed in 2010.

General Motors had been working on an electric vehicle for some time. In fact, as far back as 2004 they had already introduced a hybrid pickup. The Volt was their first fully electric vehicle, however.

Known as the Cadillac Sixteen, this full-sized luxury car was produced from 1930 to 1940. It featured 2-and 4-door versions and in a range of body styles including coupe, convertible, town car, sedan and even a limousine.

In the 1970s, Chevrolet build quality deteriorated, especially on the Impala which was known for leaky windows and a crack which appeared on the dashboard. Chevrolet did away with the mark as it was causing the brand embarrassment.

A Chevrolet global brand, the Cruze (second generation) is also available in the United States where it is a fairly popular model. It is powered by a 1400 cc gasoline engine that produces an impressive 154 brake horse power.

Pontiac was first introduced as a sister brand for General Motors' Oakland vehicles, but soon began to outsell them. It remained a General Motors brand until poor sales saw the company closed in 2010.

General Motors does market three Chinese exclusive brands with Wuling, established in 2002, the oldest.

SEAT is a car brand that produces cars in Spain. It is not a brand of General Motors.

Produced between 1973 and 1975, the Apollo from Buick was available as a 2-door coupe and hatchback and a 4-door sedan. The most powerful engine option available to the Apollo was a 350 cubic inch 5.7-liter V8.

This modern 650 horsepower behemoth gets you from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds and clocks a top speed of just under 200mph. This is thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. And what a looker!

Hummers were first marketed in the early 1990s. Three generations were featured over the years before General Motors shut the brand down in 2010.

The General Motors board consists of 11 members.

A range of General Motors brands, including some defunct models such those from Pontiac and Saturn, were not recalled for faulty ignition systems.

The NHTSA fined General Motors $35 million for not recalling cars with faulty ignition systems.

Although the Skylark had been around since the 1950s, in 1965, Buick introduced the Skylark Gran Sport. It was available as a hardtop, coupe and convertible and powered by an engine produced for the first time in the 1950s - the Wildcat 455. This 401 cubic inch V8 engine produced 325 brake horsepower.

Featuring two generations, the SRX is a cross over SUV marketed between 2004 and 2015. It quickly became the best selling Cadillac model in America with sales of over 220,000 between 2012 and 2016.

Yes, engineers and scientist from General Motors help to develop the first mechanical heart pump in the world. This helped pave the way for open heart surgery.

Introduced in 1917, the D Series was the first Chevrolet to have a V-8 engine. Sadly, it was horribly underpowered (only 36 brake horsepower), so much so that other four-cylinder engines were more powerful. By 1918 the D Series had disappeared, and Chevy only returned to V8 motors 37 years later.

Chrysler has never been part of General Motors. They were a stand-alone company but recently were purchased by FIAT.

Yes, General Motors helped NASA's Apollo missions by helping to build navigation systems.

This luxury roadster was marketed by Cadillac between 2003 and 2009. It has two engine options including the 4.4-liter Northstar Supercharged V8. Over 15,000 XLRs were sold until 2009.

Yes, Oakland was an early car manufacturer that was part of the General Motors stable. Pontiac was brought in as a stable mate in the early 1930s but soon outsold Oakland, leading to the closure of the brand.

Produced from 1962 to 1970, the Wildcat changed in looks pretty much every year. One thing that remained constant was the V8 engines found under the hood. The final model, produced in 1970, included a new 455 cubic inch V8 which produced 370 brake horsepower.

For Caddy lovers, the CT6 hits the mark. It has three engine options to choose from, fairly decent gas mileage figures, a spacious interior as well as parking assist. It is let down by the fact that its trunk is fairly small.

Yes, General Motors in fact made two trains, with one running from 1956 to 1966.

In 1908, the founder of General Motors, William C. Durant, approached Henry Ford over a buyout. Terms were agreed but Durant's financial backers didn't believe it was a good deal and never gave him the money to conclude the purchase.

Henry Ford and William Durant agreed that for Durant and General Motors to buy a controlling portion of the Ford Company, Durant would need to pay $8 million!

Introduced in 1961, this smaller pickup didn't catch the imagination of the American public. In fact, by 1964 only 851 were sold. It was discontinued that year.

This full-sized SUV was first introduced by Chevrolet in 1995. It is the same vehicle as the GMC Yukon and has a number of power options including a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 FlexFuel engine.

You might think that anti-lock brakes are a new invention, but no! GM was tinkering with them in the '70s.

Sadly General Motors discontinued Oldsmobile, one of America's oldest car brands, in 2004. This was due to declining sales.

Although it was only produced in 1927, the AA Capitol series saw Chevrolet sell over 670,000 units and for once, break Ford's domination of the American motor scene. This series included eight different body types all based on the GM A platform.

Chevrolet has had much success on the NASCAR circuit with over 779 wins and 39 championships (as of April 2018).

Holden was a General Motor brand based in Australia from 1948 to 2017.

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