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American brand of vehicle produced by General Motors

  • Chevrolet was founded by Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant on November 3, 1911.
  • In 1918 it was acquired by General Motors.
  • Chevrolet was positioned by Alfred Sloan to sell mainstream vehicles to compete with Henry Ford's Model T in the 1920s, with "Chevrolet" or "Chevy" being synonymous with GM.
  • In North America, Chevrolet produces and sells a wide range of vehicles, from subcompact automobiles to medium-duty commercial trucks, whereas in Europe, the brand name is used mainly for automobiles produced in Korea by General Motors.
  • Chevrolet first used the "bowtie emblem" logo in 1914. It may have been designed from wallpaper Durant once saw in a French hotel room.
  • Louis Chevrolet had differences with Durant over design and in 1915 sold Durant his share in the company.
  • In 1953 it produced the Corvette, a two-seater sports car with a fibreglass body.
  • In May 2012, Chevrolet replaced Audi as the official car sponsor of the British football team Manchester United.
  • In July 2012, Chevrolet and English Premier League football team Liverpool F.C. announced a four-year partnership which would see Chevrolet become the official automotive partner of the club.
  • Since 1912, Chevrolet has produced more than 200 million cars and trucks.
  • Chevrolet sold 4.26 million vehicles globally in 2010, an average of one every 7.4 seconds.
  • 1 in every 1,615 people in the world bought a Chevrolet during 2010.
  • Chevrolets are on the road in 2/3 of the world.
  • If you lined up all of the Chevrolets purchased in 2010 bumper-to-bumper, the line would stretch 12,909 miles – 51% of the circumference of the earth.
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