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Topics:  General Motors


Washington Times-Herald
December 31, 1922

General Motors Finds That Closed Car Styles Gain In Popular Favor.

In a pamphlet just off the press, General Motors lists and describes its complete line of passenger automobiles. Some of the figures are of real interest.

The five divisions of the corporation that manufacture passenger cars are producing twenty-six individual types of cars, ranging in size from the two-passenger roadster to the seven-passenger imperial limousine. Of all types, the five-passenger sedan is numerically the most popular. The divisions make seven different styles of this car. Next in popularity comes the two-passenger roadster, of which six styles are made. The familiar five-passenger touring car comes in five styles, one from each division. These figures are suggestive of the trend of manufacture, as showing the increasing popularity of the closed models.

If the passenger cars made by General Motors were on exhibition in one hall, with an example of each individual style manufactured, there would be forty-nine cars shown, divided as follows: Buick, fourteen; Cadillac, ten; Chevrolet, five; Oakland, six; Oldsmobile, fourteen. The corporation makes eighteen cars of eight cylinder engine; fifteen of six-cylinder engine; and sixteen of four-cylinder engine.

Besides its passenger cars, General Motors makes seven trucks, ranging from 1-ton to 5-tons, and three tractors, 5-ton, 10-ton and 15-ton.

In the wide range of price clashes, the following figures are noted: $500 to $1,000, eleven cars; $1,000 to $1,500, thirteen cars; $1,500 to $2,000, thirteen cars; $2,000 to $2,500, two cars; $2,500 to $3,000, ten cars; $3,000 to $3,500; three cars; $3,500 to $4,000, three cars; $4,000 to $4,500, three cars; above, $4,500, one car, at $4,600.

Beside the details on the vehicles, the pamphlet states briefly the scope of General Motors and its sixty-seven divisions, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and its activities on this continent and overseas. Measured by its organization facilities, financial position and volume of business, the corporation is the second largest industrial group in America.

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