Chevrolet began when the founder of General Motors, William C. Durant (seen here) and the man whose name would become synonymous with the car -- Louis Chevrolet -- formed an automotive brand to compete against Henry Ford and his mighty Model T.
GM's first vehicles after World War II included the 1948 Chevy's Advance Design trucks. GM notes the vehicles "were reliable, versatile and modern. The 3100 pickup was the farmer and workingman's four-wheeled friend."
According to GM, "After crowds thronged the Corvette concept roadster at the 1953 GM Motorama, Chevrolet put the fiberglass-bodied two-seater into production - and thus began the saga of America's sports car."
Battery-powered for the first 25 to 50 miles after charging up, the electric-powered Chevy Volt's on-board generator automatically provides additional electricity to continue on for another 300 miles, when needed.
General Motors employee Michael Burrows assembles a 6-speed transmission on Oct. 21, 2011, in Warren, Mich. GM announced it will invest $325 million at the plant in tools and equipment to support production of future electric vehicle components, creating or retaining 418 jobs. The plant in suburban Detroit has 679 total employees, most of whom produce transmissions for the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers and the Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
Corvette's 2012 Centennial Special Edition includes Carbon Flash Metallic black paint with red accents, satin-black lightweight wheels, an ebony interior with red stitching, and Chevy 100 logos inside and out.