Chevrolet has maintained strong foundations in the region since it began distributing Chevrolet cars in 1913.
These pages give you a detailed timeline, taking you on a nostalgic trip of Chevrolet cars and landmarks.
Chevrolet turned 100 years in November
All New Chevrolet Utility and Captiva was launched
Chevrolet continues to grow its family of vehicle offerings in South Africa with the launch of the much anticipated Chevrolet Trailblazer, Cruze Hatch and refreshed Cruze Sedan
Chevrolet makes anti-lock brakes standard on more 1992 car and truck models than any other manufacturer. The all new 1992 Chevrolet Caprice is launched.
Chevrolet Lumina is introduced.
Chevrolet introduces the Vortec engine.
After nearly 20 years, the Chevrolet brand is re-introduced into South Africa with the Spark, Aveo, Vivant and Lumina models.
The all new Chevrolet Caprice is launched.
The 2010 Chevrolet Volt concept, the first extended range electric vehicle, is revealed at the North American International Auto Show.
The Chevrolet Tahoe 2-mode hybrid is delivered to the Dubai Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA). The 2009 Corvette ZR1, one of the world’s fastest production cars and record-setter at the famed Nürburgring track, and the 2009 Traverse crossover are launched.
The Chevrolet Cruze was successfully launched in South Africa, and is a finalist in the Car of the Year 2010 competition.
Chevette is introduced.
100-millionth Chevrolet is built (1979 Monza).
Corvette introduces Bosch ABS II anti-lock brakes.
Corvette shatters three world speed and endurance world records.
Corvette is introduced, featuring industry's first production fiberglass body.
GM produces its 50-millionth car: a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe.
The legendary small block Chevrolet V8 introduced.
Camaro is introduced. First Camaro SS version paces Indy 500.
The 9 millionth Chevrolet is built. New models include more Chevrolet "firsts", including vacuum spark control, manifold heat control, and no-draft ventilation.
Chevrolet introduces independent front suspension.
The British Army in Egypt orders 500 Chevrolets for use in WWII. The vehicles came with special desert equipment, for which the famous “camel’s foot” tires were later developed.
Chevrolet receives its first order from the U.S. War Department for forging and machining 75-mm shells.
Concealed running boards introduced. The 17 millionth Chevrolet is produced.
Civilian car production ceases for duration of World War II. Chevrolet is one of the most important single suppliers of the war effort.
Powerglide is the first automatic transmission in the low-price field.
Chevrolet Motor Company is formed.
Chevrolet hits the streets of Detroit with the "Classic Six."
GM begins distributing Chevrolet vehicles in South Africa.
The Chevrolet "bowtie" logo appears for the first time. First Chevrolet to feature valve-in-head engine design is introduced.
Chevrolet joins the GM Corporation. First Chevrolet truck is sold.
Chevrolet builds its 1-millionth car. Establishes first export assembly plant in Denmark.
25,000 Chevrolet vehicles have been built-to-date by GM South Africa.
Chevrolet produces its 7 millionth vehicle. Chevrolet is the first to introduce articulated brake shoes, giving more positive braking action.
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