Oldsmobile, which made cars for more than 100 years, was one of America's oldest car manufacturers.
Oldsmobiles have always been known for being reliable, no-nonsense cars that did the job they were expected to do. Although they were not known for styling or performance, they also did a good job of keeping up with the times. While Oldsmobile has never been the flashiest car on the road, it has never been considered outdated either.
The first Oldsmobile introduced was the wildly popular Runabout, which was introduced in 1901 and by 1903 had sold 4,000 cars. They were considered so reliable that they were often used in long-distance races like the Tour de France.
In 1908, Oldsmobile became part of General Motors. Oldsmobile went strong and steady until the oil crisis in the 1970s, when larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles fell out of favor. Responding to consumer demand, the company put out a line of compacts and smaller cars.
Today Oldsmobiles are still known as steady and reliable and a whole host of models were produced until 2004, when GM discontinued the brand.
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