General Motors Company or GM, is an large US company with its HQ in Detroit, Michigan and is one of the largest car companies in the world and views with VW and Toyota to be the largest seller in any one year.
GM manufactures vehicles in 37 countries under thirteen brands including the key ones: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Opel, and Vauxhall. The main UK and European brands are Opel and Vauxhall.
During the banking crisis of 2008 GM declared bankruptcy and was restructured in 2009. For a time GM was called Government Motors when the US government sunk substantial amount of dollars into the company
GM has a reputation of producing large and not very exciting vehicles although the Opel and Vauxhall brands are strong throughout UK and Europe.
GM was the first company in the modern era to release an all electric car. In 1990 GM showed a concept car at the LA autoshow that was released in 1996 as the EV1. This futuristic car was released to consumers in California Arizona Georgia and customers loved them. However in 1999 GM ceased production of the EV1 and declined to renew releases of the cars in use. GM crushed all EV1 and only a few escaped. This action caused uproar amongst environmentalists as well as providing unlimited ammunition to the conspiracy theorists. There is a film call who killed the electric car that is well worth watching if you want to know more.
More recently in 2010 GM released the Chevy Volt in the States, that was marketed in Europe as the Open /Vauxhall Ampera. This was a plug-in hybrid vehicle that had limited success. GM pulled the plug on European sales.
The company also released the Chevrolet Spark in Limited US markets and Korea. . This was seen by many as a compliance vehicle, or in other words a way of keeping California legislators happy.
GM has plans to launch the Bolt in 2017 that will provide 200 miles all electric car driving and retail in the US for around 35,000 dollars. European and UK plans are unknown at this time.