Corvettes are famous sports cars that was developed by Chevrolet. The company first produced the car in 1953, and it has become their flagship model. The company responsible for building the car today is General Motors. Chevrolet became a prominent car company because it was the first American company to produce a domestic sports car. Over the last 50 years, Chevrolet and General Motors have become known for producing Corvettes that utilize powerful engines. Unlike many sports car manufacturers, Chevrolet managed to make a powerful sports car that was also affordable. In the past, the company was criticized for producing vehicles that were unrefined in comparison to European models.
However, in the last few years, General Motors has placed an emphasis on producing Corvettes that are highly refined. One of the reasons why Chevrolet became famous is because they placed an emphasis on producing a sports car that was simple rather than complex. Most sports car companies design their vehicles with a displacement that is small. In contrast, Chevrolet chose to focus on simplifying the overhead valve. The displacement found in most Corvette models are a bit larger than other sports cars. By doing this, Chevrolet was able to produce a quality sports car without spending large amounts of money on manufacturing.
Chevrolet was founded by both William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet. The company first became prominent through its introduction of the Classic Six in 1911. This vehicle was designed to challenge the dominance of the Ford Model T. The Classic Six was able to seat five people, and it used a six cylinder engine. It could reach of a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour. The "bowtie" logo that the company uses today was first created in the year 1913. Durant would eventually make an attempt to establish the company in Canada, and this move was eventually successful. To establish themselves in Canada, Chevrolet had to form a partnership with McLaughlin-Buick.
Both companies would eventually be purchased by General Motors to form General Motors of Canada. By 1916, the company had become very prosperous, and Durant purchased large shares from General Motors. He would eventually go on to become president of GM. It was Chevrolet that was responsible for the creation of the V8 engine during the 1950s. In addition to well known models such as the Corvette, Chevrolet is also known for producing vehicles such as the Impala and the Corvair. By the 1960s, most of the cars sold in the United States were produced by Chevrolet.
In recent years, Chevrolet has been the subject of controversy. Much of this controversy is also connected to other automobile manufacturers such as Ford. The company has been attacked for the reliability of their cars, as well as their customer assurance. However, many tests have shown that Chevrolet models rate well when compared to its foreign counterparts. Chevrolet has also expanded its operation outside of the United States and Canada. Some of these regions include Central and South America, as well as Europe.