Chevrolet is one of the most popular American automobile brands. It is currently a division of General Motors. Chevrolet specializes in producing automobiles, commercial vehicles, and trucks with the maxim “a car for every purse and purpose.” In the United States, the company is often colloquially referred to as Chevy.
Chevrolet got its start in 1911 as the Chevrolet Motor Company. It was co-founded in Detroit, Michigan by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. Louis Chevrolet was a popular racecar driver of the day and this reputation served as the backbone of the company’s early reputation in the early days.
The first car that Chevy ever produced was the Series C Classic Six. This car was costly in multiple different ways. Chevrolet itself poured a large amount of money into the model over the years while consumers had to dish out a fair about of cash to make the car their own. Though the first C prototype was finished even before the company was officially incorporated, it wasn’t until 1913 that the car was commercially produced.
The classic “bowtie” emblem that Chevrolet is now known for originated in 1914. The Logo was first used on the company’s H series models and L series model.
Riding on its initial success, Chevrolet released a series of cars that were widely praised by critics and consumers alike. The company continued into the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940 as one of the premier automobile manufacturers. During this time, the goal of Chevy remained the same. They were dedicated to producing the most affordable cars possible.
The 1950s and 1960s were when Chevrolet’s popularity really took off. Throughout this period of time, they had a great influence on the American automobile market. One of their most famous innovations was the Corvette, a now-classic two-seater sports car first produced in 1953.
Chevrolet is still one of the premier automakers in the United States and the world today. They have continued to launch new vehicles and improve their existing model lines. In recent years, they have placed much emphasis on developing fuel-efficient cars and trucks including a plug-in electric model.
Chevrolet’s current flagship model is the Chevrolet Impala. Though the first version of the car was manufactured in 1958, the current model has been in the company’s lineup since 1999.
A full-size sedan, the tenth-generation Impala was only recently introduced in 2014. It is slightly larger and more upscale than previous generations. All of the cars feature six-speed transmissions available in both sport and manual shifting modes.
The tenth-generation Impala offers three engine types including the 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder, 2.4-Liter 4-Cylinder with hybrid-assist, and a 3.6-Liter 6-Cylinder. Chevrolet also includes a 4.2-inch color display, HD Radio, and active noise cancellation on all Impalas. Optional features include collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera, and rear-park assist.
The 2015 flagship Chevrolet Impala is set to run on compressed natural gas and gasoline. The Bi-Fuel Impala allows drivers to switch from gasoline to compressed natural gas at the push of a button. This gives the vehicle a 500-mile driving range.
Chevrolet currently boasts one of the most extensive model lineups of any automobile brand. Their vehicles are divided into nine different classes.
Subcompact: Chevrolet’s subcompact class consists of the Agile, Aveo, Celta, Classic, Lova, Lanos, Onix, Prisma, Sail, Sonic, Spark, and Cobalt.
Compact: Chevrolet’s compact class consists of the Cruze, Lacetti, and Volt.
Mid-Size: Chevrolet’s mid-size class consists of only one car, the Malibu.
Full-Size: Chevrolet’s full-size class consists of the Caprice, a law enforcement edition of the Caprice, the Impala, Lumina (Middle East and South Africa only, and SS.
Sports Car: The Corvette is the only current Chevrolet model sports car.
Muscle Car: The Camaro is the only current Chevrolet model muscle car.
Multi-Purpose Vehicle: Chevrolet’s MPV class consists of the Orlando, Spin, and Tavera.
SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet’s SUV/Crossover class consists of the Captiva, Captiva Sport, Niva, Equinox, Grand Blazer, Suburban, Tahoe, Tracker (South America only), Traverse, TrailBlazer (Russia only), and Trax.
Trucks/Vans: Chevrolet produces a wide variety of trucks/vans including the Colorado, Express, Montana, N200, S-10 (South America only), Silverado, and Tornado.
As one of the most successful car companies of all time, Chevrolet has produced a vast array of vehicle models over the years.
A few of Chevy’s previous models include the 150 (1953 – 1957), A-10 (1981 – 1985), Astro (1985 – 2005), Blazer (1995 – 2005), Cavalier (1982 – 2005), Kodiak (1980 – 2009), Rodeo (1989 – 2004), and the Trans Sport (1997 – 2005). Keep it in mind that these models are only the very tip of the iceberg as far as Chevy previous models go.
Chevrolet has a very successful history in motorsports racing. The company is particularly well respected in NASCAR, Indy Car, and the FIA World Touring Car Championship.