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1956 GMC Suburban Pickup

1956 GMC Suburban Pickup

The Early Years of GMC Truck

General Motors was founded by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908, as a holding company for Buick. In 1909, GM purchased the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan, forming the basis of the General Motors Truck Company, from which the "GMC Truck" brand name was derived. The Reliance Motor Car Company (another independent manufacturer) was also purchased that same year by GM. Rapid and Reliance were merged in 1911, and in 1912 the marque "GMC Truck" first appeared on vehicles exhibited at the New York International Auto Show. Later "GMC" would become distinct as a division brand within the corporation, branding trucks and coaches; in contrast, the abbreviation for the overall corporation eventually ended up as "GM".

In 1916, a GMC Truck crossed the country from Seattle to New York City in thirty days, and in 1927, a 2-ton GMC truck was driven from New York to San Francisco in five days, 17 hours and 36 minutes. During the Second World War, GMC Truck produced 600,000 trucks for use by the United States Armed Forces.

Starting in 1920, GMC and Chevrolet trucks are virtually identical except for the grilles and nameplates, though their differences have varied over the years. From 1955 through 1959 small (less than 2 ton) GMC trucks with gasoline V8s were equipped with Pontiac, Buick, and Oldsmobile V8s (the Canadian trucks used Chevrolet engines). GMC had its own line of inline 6 cylinder engines, known as "Jimmy's" from 1939-1959, and their own V6 from 1960-1974. Chevrolet trucks were marketed towards private ownership, while GMC was focused towards commercial uses.

The 1956 GMC Suburban Pickup

The 1956 GMC Suburban Pickup was the GMC version of the more well-known Chevrolet Cameo pickup. Originally intended to be called the 'Town and Country,' the name finally selected for production was 'Suburban.' The Suburban model name was first used, however, by Chevrolet in 1933 for the extended-length, part wood-body station wagon built on the 1/2-ton truck frame and thus started the longest continuous use of an automobile model name as it's obviously still in use today.

GMC was positioned a step above Chevrolet, and ads touted it as 'Top of the Light-Duty Class.' The new-for-1955 GMC styling was billed as 'Blue Chip Design' and the prestige model was the very special 'Suburban' pickup.

The 1956 GMC styling was virtually unchanged from 1955 and features sleek sides, unique tail lights and a panoramic windshield. The truck features fiberglass fenders attached to a steel cargo box with a hidden spare tire compartment. The Suburban pictured to the left is fully optioned with the Deluxe Cab, chrome bumpers and grille and WSW tires. It is powered by a 316.6 cubic-inch V8 engine delivering 180 horsepower with a 4-speed Hydra-matic transmission. GMC produced the Suburban from 1955 through 1957 and total production was close to 1,000 units. When new, it sold for $1,923.

Current GMC Line Up

GMC currently manufactures vehicles for the personal use and commercial markets including; SUVs like the Terrain and Yukon, Crossovers like the Acadia, Vans like the Savanna and Pickup Trucks like the Sierra and Canyon.

Since 1999, Denali has remained the premium package for GMC vehicles. Available on Sierra, Acadia, Yukon and Terrain, Denali, lets you experience first-class appointments, control the latest technology, and have peace of mind knowing available advanced safety features surround you. Denali is the pinnacle of what it means to be Professional Grade.

The 2017 GMC Canyon

For 2017, a broader GMC Canyon lineup is led by the new, range-topping Canyon Denali and new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X.

Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine that’s paired with a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new 3.6L/eight-speed propulsion system offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V-6/six-speed combination. This new combination focuses on refining everyday driving performance, including accelerating from a stop, passing on the highway and cruising at a constant speed.

The 3.6L leverages technologies such as continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to balance performance and efficiency. It is rated at an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).

Canyon’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic complements the 3.6L with a technologically advanced design and control system that supports smoother, more refined performance. Smaller “steps” between the gears as the vehicle accelerates allow the transmission to shift quicker, with almost imperceptible upshifts.

The 8L45 eight-speed also has a wider 7.0 gear ratio that enables a numerically higher first gear ratio — helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering — and numerically lower overdrive ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway. A lower engine speed has two benefits: It can reduce fuel consumption to enhance efficiency and it reduces engine noise for a quieter cabin.

The new powertrain supports a 7,000-pound max trailering rating that is second in the segment only to the Canyon’s available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds.

There is no truck like a GMC Canyon. Easier to maneuver than larger trucks and more capable and versatile than any midsize pickup. A quiet cabin with comfortable seats. A high level of standard equipment. Premium materials and precision in engineering and design. GMC Canyon: everything you want in a smart-sized pickup truck.