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  1. William Crapo Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry and co-founder of General Motors and Chevrolet.He created a system in which a company held multiple marques – each seemingly independent, with different automobile lines – bound under a unified corporate holding company.

  2. William Crapo Durant (también estadounidense), fue el fundador de General Motors en 1908. Después de problemas financieros que provocaron su salida de la administración de GM, se asoció con Louis Chevrolet para crear la marca Chevrolet.

  3. Geschichte Von der Gründung bis ins 21. Jahrhundert. General Motors wurde am 16. September 1908 in Flint von den Buick-Hauptaktionären William C. Durant und Charles Stewart Mott unter dem Namen General Motors Company als Holdingdach für die Buick Motor Company und weitere geplante Akquisitionen gegründet und erwarb noch im selben Jahr den Mitbewerber Oldsmobile.

  4. General Motors was capitalized by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908, as a holding company. The next day it purchased Buick Motor Company, and rapidly acquired more than twenty companies including Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Oakland Motor Car Company, and McLaughlin of Canada.

  5. By 1900, William C. Durant's Durant-Dort Carriage Company of Flint, Michigan had become the largest manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles in the United States. Durant was averse to automobiles, but fellow Flint businessman James H. Whiting, owner of Flint Wagon Works, sold him the Buick Motor Company in 1904.

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  7. General Motors Proving Ground Cupuan del Rio is situated between Lázaro Cárdenas and Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico. The facility opened in 2006 and features a circle track, several off-road courses, and is primarily used for testing HVAC systems. As of 2011 the grounds are mostly abandoned, and only a local security staff remains.

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