General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. is an automobile company, which develops, manufactures and markets cars, trucks and parts worldwide. The company operates through the following automotive segments: GM North America, GM Europe, GM International Operations and GM South America. The GM North America segment sells vehicles under the brands Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac with sales, manufacturing and distribution operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and distribution operations in Central America and the Caribbean. The GM Europe segment sells vehicles under the brands Opel, Vauxhall and Chevrolet with sales, manufacturing and distribution operations across Western and Central Europe. The GM International Operations segment sells vehicles under the brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, FAW, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands with sales, manufacturing and distribution operations in Asia-Pacific, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The GM South America segment sells vehicles under the brands Chevrolet, Suzuki and Isuzu with sales, manufacturing and distribution operations in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. It also provides automotive financing services through its subsidiary, General Motors Financial Co., Inc. (GM Financial). It finances its loan origination volume through the use of credit facilities and securitization trusts that issue asset-backed securities to investors. GM Financial specializes in purchasing retail automobile installment sales contracts originated by GM and non-GM franchised and select independent dealers in connection with the sale of used and new automobiles. GM Financial also offers lease products through GM dealerships in connection with the sale of used and new automobiles that target customers with sub-prime and prime credit bureau scores. The firm sells vehicles to its dealers for consumer retail sales and also sells cars and trucks to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies and governments. It sells vehicles to fleet customers directly or through its network of dealers. The company offers a wide range of after sale vehicle services and products through its dealer network, such as maintenance, light repairs, collision repairs, vehicle accessories and extended service warranties to retail and fleet customers. General Motors was founded by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.