Auto News issue to celebrate GM's 100th in '08

General Motors will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and Automotive News will commemorate the event.

On Sept. 15, 2008, a special issue will explore GM's rich and dramatic history and look at its future.

“Since General Motors was created by Billy Durant almost 100 years ago, they have been a powerhouse in the automobile industry,” said Automotive News Publisher Keith Crain. “This special issue will be a powerhouse for everyone who wants to relive GM's century of history.”

Automotive News reporters and editors will profile the company's most prominent and most fascinating executives. The issue also will include a century's worth of data covering production, sales and finances.

GM has more industry firsts and innovations than any other company. What are the ten most important technologies pioneered by GM? A Top Ten list will answer that question. Who are the most influential GM designers? Another Top Ten list will name them. (Readers will be free to disagree.)

Current and former GM executives, suppliers and dealers will offer first-person accounts of the company. Senior Editor John K. Teahen Jr. — who grew up in a GM family and has covered the company for more than half its century of existence — will write a personal historical essay on GM and its people.

And the issue will include some predictions about the company, its markets and its vehicles over the next 20 years.

For more information, contact Deputy Managing Editor Mary Beth Vander Schaaf at

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