The history of Chevrolet is well documented. Before being acquired by General Motors (GM) in 1918, the vision of Chevrolet began in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet. The advancements of Chevrolet were apparent as they went head-to-head with Ford’s Model T with the invention of the Model D, a three-speed transmission, V8 engine powerhouse that was ahead of its class at the time.
Innovations soon became well-known models and personal favorites among not just American drivers, but those around the world as well. The Chevrolet tradition spread from generation to generation, resulting in a number of advancements to trucks, sports cars, and the classic sedans.
Here are just a few of the ways Chevy made its mark on the American landscape, a move that continues to this day.
1. There’s a First For Everything: Things we take for granted now and see as a requirement more than an option happens with cars. With Chevrolet, they are a company that grounded its namesake in firsts. Some of their early models adopted new ways to make the car better and more accessible. As Chevy.com states in it’s company history bio, the Series C Classic Six model was one of the first cars to carry electric starters and headlamps. And as the years continued, Chevy models would go on to introduce and refine elements of the car that have become standards for today’s models. Things like anti-lock brakes, tweaked fuel injector systems and stability control were put to the test of some of their basic models, when at the time, these features were reserved for luxury lineups.
2. Performance and Recognition: It’s obvious that automakers rely on popular models to carry them through for generations upon generations. Chevy is no different. Their mark on iconic sports cars like the Corvette and savvy approach to high-performance cars like the Camaro is one thing. Their approach and commitment to trucks is the next step. The Silverado has made its mark among truck lovers and those who rely on trucks for cargo, performance and dependability, things that can be lavished upon the Silverado. It’s won numerous awards for the previously mentioned criteria, adding safety marks to the list as well. Chevy has been able to highlight what their drivers want, offering up models with best-in fuel economy, towing capabilities and best, pure-thrill rides for the driving enthusiast in all of us.