Chevrolet, best known as Chevy, is a division of General Motors (GM) and name used for a popular brand of vehicle. They produce a wide variety of vehicles, from compact vehicles to medium trucks. The brand is best known in the Americas, but they also sell vehicles in Europe and the Middle East. Since the founding of the company they have been a very popular brand in America and remain so to this day.
Who founded Chevrolet?
The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded on November 3, 1911 by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. Louis Chevrolet was a racing driver and automotive engineer and William C. Durant was the founder of General Motors who lost control of the company in 1910. By 1915 the two had a disagreement over a design and Louis Chevrolet sold his part of the company to Durant. Through the dealings of Durant (see below), Chevrolet became a separate division of GM in 1917.
Did you know?
Chevrolet is the most successful manufacturer in the history NASCAR racing. They hold the record for the most number of manufacturer’s titles and the most wins by manufacturer.
William C. Durant used the Chevrolet company to secretly purchase a controlling interest in GM and he took back control of the company. Not long after, he lost control of the company again and would never regain it.
In 2010 Chevrolet released a hybrid electric car, known as the Volt, into the US market. It has won many awards including the 2011 North American Car of the Year.