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About Chevrolet Cars

The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded in 1911 by race car driver Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, and other investors; Durant was a founder of General Motors but overextended the company’s finances and was ousted shortly thereafter. Although Chevrolet did not produce a vehicle until 1913, its Series C Classic Six, a large, 5-cylinder touring car, and later the more modest 4-cylinder Chevrolet 490 sold well enough to allow Durant to buy a controlling share in General Motors and make Chevrolet its marquee brand. Chevrolet overtook Henry Ford’s Model T in sales in 1929.

The company competed closely against Ford and Chrysler for decades as America’s affordable car company. By 1963 one in every ten cars was a Chevrolet. The two-seater Corvette was introduced in 1953 and has been “America’s sportscar” ever since. The eighth-generation Corvette will be the first with a mid-vehicle engine. Through General Motors, Chevrolet was expanded to become a worldwide automaker, selling more than 100,000 models per year in such remote places as Uzbekistan, Colombia, Brazil, India, and China.

Quick Facts

  • Chevrolet Suburban is the most-recalled Chevrolet vehicle
  • Chevrolet Sprint is the least expensive car from Chevrolet starting from $ 5,495.00
  • Chevrolet Volt has an MPG of 95 miles/gallon / 93 miles/gallon which is the highest gas mileage in the city and on highways
  • Chevrolet Astro has the most trims available with 21 variations released

Number of Chevrolet Sales in the United States

Chevrolet U.S. Sales Reports - By Month

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2015 142,882 159,788 173,886 187,837 207,970 181,256 188,790 183,098 169,675 183,464 156,907 188,794
2016 137,803 158,644 176,283 183,442 169,331 181,387 178,820 175,965 170,237 181,964 169,675 212,959
2017 135,170 164,095 172,458 164,367 162,950 169,838 151,502 196,007 199,801 175,110 167,777 206,804
2018 141,947 149,605 199,367

Chevrolet Car Sales in The United States from 2015 to 2019

Year Car Sales
2015 2,124,347
2016 2,096,510
2017 2,065,879
2018 490,919

Average Pricing for Chevrolet Popular models

Popular Chevrolet Models Average Price
Avalanche $ 36,942.49
Astro $ 19,885.69
Venture $ 25,044.56
Silverado 3500 $ 31,601.70
Spark $ 14,475.92
Prizm $ 15,549.12
Silverado Classic 3500 $ 33,124.09
Cavalier Wagon $ 7,188.94
Spectrum $ 3,179.32

Interesting Facts About Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Impala was introduced in 1953 and became the brand’s best-selling model for decades, selling in excess of 13 million units in approximately 45 years. The Caprice was introduced as the top-line model Impala but later became a standalone model.
Chevrolet cars were available in Europe until 1968 through production facilities in Denmark, Poland, and Switzerland, then from 2005 to 2011 when most of them were made by a General Motors subsidiary in Korea. In 2011 the company withdrew the brand – with the exception of Corvettes and Camaros -- from Europe but continued to sell the cars in Russia and other mostly Eastern European countries. Due to lagging sales and competition with another GM subsidiary, Vauxhall, Chevrolet was completely removed from European markets in 2016.
Theories abound about the origins of the brand’s “bowtie” emblem, which dates back to 1913. Some say it resembles the Swiss cross (Louis Chevrolet was Swiss), others say William Durant copied a wallpaper pattern, and yet another theory is Durant copied a design from a coal advertisement in a Philadelphia newspaper just days before the company was incorporated. The bowtie wasn’t always gold, by the way, sometimes a red version was used to denote a premium model car.
General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, is the third-largest automaker on earth, valued at about $52 billion.
In China, Chevrolet holds almost 3 percent of the motor vehicle market, selling nearly 675,000 vehicles per year.
Starting in 2003 Chevrolet tried to make inroads into one of the largest markets in the world, India, but pulled out in 2017.
In many markets around the world, General Motors makes deals with other automakers to “rebadge” models as Chevrolets, including the Australian-made Holden Commodore, which is sold as a Chevy Caprice in the Middle East. Likewise, the Chevrolet Cavalier was sold as the Toyota Cavalier in Japan in the late 1990s through a partnership with Toyota.

How to Identify and Decode Chevrolet VINs


The first three characters of a U.S. VIN are called the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The WMI is used to identify the maker of the vehicle and the country of origin, and often includes information about the type of vehicle. The WMI is assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A vehicle may be checked for safety recalls by visiting the NHTSA website and entering the 17-digit VIN.

Chevrolet uses numerous codes in the WMI section of a VIN to denote the various brands and countries of origin in which Chevrolet cars and trucks are built. The following codes encompass the WMI numbers assigned to Chevrolet by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).

WMI Code Marque Country
1G1 Chevrolet United States
2G1 Canada
3G1 Mexico
KL1 South Korea
9BG Brazil
8AG Argentina
8GG Chile
8Z1 Venezuela
KLA GM Daewoo South Korea
1G2 1G5 Pontiac United States
2G2 Canada
3G2 Mexico
5Y2 United States
6G2 Australia
KL2 South Korea
1G3 Oldsmobile United States
2G3 Canada
1G4 Buick United States
2G4 Canada
3G4 Mexico
1G6 Cadillac United States
W06 Germany
1G8 Saturn United States
W08 Belgium

Position four and five are used by Chevrolet to denote the vehicle platform and model. The codes for this section include the following:

List of GM platforms Platform Code Series Code Model
GM C platform C W Buick Park Avenue
D, T Cadillac DeVille
B Cadillac Fleetwood
G Cadillac Sixty Special
GM D platform D W Cadillac Brougham
V Buick Terraza
G, M, P, R, U Cadillac CTS
GM E platform E C Pontiac G8
L, T Cadillac Eldorado
Z Buick Riviera
GM F platform F P Chevrolet Camaro
S Pontiac Firebird
V,W Pontiac Firebird Formula/ Trans Am
GM G platform G R, S 1995-99 Buick Riviera & Oldsmobile Aurora
GM H platform H P Buick Le Sabre Custom
R Buick Le Sabre Limited
X Pontiac Bonneville SE
Y Pontiac Bonneville SLE
Z Pontiac Bonneville SSEi
GM J platform J B Pontiac Sunfire
C, F Chevrolet Cavalier
H Chevrolet CavalierZ24
U Pontiac Sunbird
GM2900 platform J T, U Saturn L200
W Saturn L300
GM K platform K D, E, F Cadillac Deville
S Cadillac Seville/ Cadillac SLS
Y Cadillac Seville/ Cadillac STS
GM Kappa platform M A, B, E, F Pontiac Solstice/ Saturn Sky
GM L platform L D Chevrolet Corsica Base
T Chevrolet Corsica LT
V Chevrolet Beretta "GT"
W Chevrolet Beretta "GT" RPO Z21 & Z26
Z Chevrolet Corsica “LTZ” RPO Z54
Z Chevrolet Beretta "GTZ" RPO Z04
GM M platform M R Pontiac Firefly
GM N platform N D Chevrolet Malibu
E Chevrolet Malibu LS / Pontiac Grand AmSE
F Pontiac Grand AmSE1 / Oldsmobile Alero GLS
G Pontiac Grand AmSE2
K Oldsmobile Alero Level I
L Oldsmobile Alero Level II
V Pontiac Grand AmGT1
W Pontiac Grand AmGT
GM P platform P E Pontiac Fiero Coupe
F Pontiac Fiero SE
G Pontiac Fiero GT
M Pontiac Fiero Sport coupe
GM S platform S L Pontiac Vibe
M Pontiac Vibe AWD
N Pontiac Vibe GT
GM V platform V R Cadillac Allanté/ Cadillac Catera
S Cadillac Allanté coupe
X Pontiac GTO coupe
GM W platform W B Chevrolet Impala / Buick Regal LS
C Buick Lacrosse / Allure (in Canada)CX
D Buick Lacrosse / Allure (in Canada)CXL
E Buick Lacrosse / Allure (in Canada)CXS
F Chevrolet Impala / Buick Regal GS
H Chevrolet Impala LS
J Pontiac Grand Prix SE
K Pontiac Grand PrixSE1
L Chevrolet Lumina
P Pontiac Grand Prix GT/ Chevrolet Impala
R Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
S Buick Century Custom
W Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS
X Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Y Buick Century Limited
GM Y platform Y V Cadillac XLR
Y Chevrolet Corvette
Z Chevrolet Corvette
GM Z platform Z E SC1 (manual transmission)
F SC1 (automatic transmission), SL (manual transmission)
G SC2 (manual transmission), SW1 (manual transmission), SL1 (manual transmission)
H SC2 (automatic transmission), SW1 (automatic transmission LHD), SL1 (automatic transmission)
J SW2 (manual transmission), SL2 (manual transmission)
K SW2 (automatic transmission 1992-1999), SL2 (automatic transmission)
M SW1 (automatic transmission RHD)
N SC1 (manual transmission 3 Dr), SW2 (automatic transmission 2000-2001)
P SC1 (automatic transmission 3 Dr)
R SC2 (manual transmission 3 Dr)
Y SC2 (automatic transmission 3 Dr)

The character in the sixth position denotes the body type. Chevrolet uses these codes for U.S. vehicles.

VIN Description
1 Two-Door Coupe
2 Two-Door
3 Two-Door Convertible
5 Four-Door Sedan
6 Four-Door Sedan Hatchback
8 Four-Door Station Wagon/Two-Door Hatchback
9 Four-Door Station Wagon

The character in the seventh position is used by Chevrolet to denote the safety equipment originally installed in the vehicle.

1 Seat belts
2 Seat belts and dual front airbags
3 Seat belts and driver's airbag
4 Safety belts. Front and side airbags
5 Seat belts. Front and side driver's airbag
6 Seat belts. Front and side airbags. Occupancy sensor passenger
7 Seat belts. Front and side airbags. Side airbags for the rear row of seats
9 Static safety belts (only very old models)
A Active belts
B Active seat belts, front driver's airbag
C Active seat belts, front driver and passenger airbags
D Active seatbelts, front and side airbags for the driver and passenger
E Active safety belts, front airbags, side airbags for the first row of seats and ceiling for the back row of
F Active safety belts, front airbags, side ceiling airbags for all rows
G Active safety belts, front airbags, side airbags for the second row of seats and ceiling airbags for all rows of
H Active safety belts, front airbags, side airbags for the first row of seats and ceiling airbags for the rear row cushion to protect the driver's knees

VIN position eight is used to indicate the engine Chevrolet installed in the vehicle. While some possible codes are not included on the following list, the vast majority of Chevrolet engine options are represented.

Code Engine
0 No Engine
1 3.8L V6 (L67), 1.6L L4 (LWW, Diesel), 6.6L V8 Diesel
2 1.3L L4 (LY8), 6.0L V8 (L77) (GAS/Ethanol) Chevrolet Caprice Police Vehicle (AUS), 6.6L V8 Diesel
3 3.6L V6 (LFX) Chevrolet Caprice Police Vehicle (AUS) / Impala
4 2.2L L4 (LN2), 2.5L L4
5 1.5L L4 (L3A, Hybrid)
6 2.2L L4 (L42), 6.2L V8 (LT4)
7 6.2L V8 (LT1)
8 1.8L L4 (LV6)
9 4.6L V8 (L37)
A 1.4L L4 (LV7), 2.3L L4 (LG0) SFI, 2.5L L4 (LCV), 4.6L V8 (LH2)
B 1.4L L4 (LUV, Turbo), 2.4L I4 (LE5) MFI
C 1.6L L4 (LDE), 4.0L V8 (L47), 2.4L I4 (LAF) SIDI
D 1.5L L4 (L3G), 2.3L L4 (LD2), 4.4L V8 (LC3) MFI
E 1.6L I4 (LXV), 3.4L V6 (LA1), 5.0L V8 (L03), 7.0L V8 (LS7) SFI
F 1.6L L4 (LXT), 2.2L L4 (L61), 5.0L V8 (LB9)
Code Engine
G 1.8L L4 (LGE), 1.8L L4 (LWE), 3.0L V6 (LF1) SIDI, 5.7L V8 (LS1)
H 1.8L L4 (LUW), 5.0L V8 (LX5), 5.0L V8 (LG4), 6.0L V8 (L98) SFI
J 3.1L V6 (LG8), 6.2L V8 (L99) SFI
K 3.5L V6 (LZE) SFI, 3.8L V6 (L36)
L 1.8L L4 (LNK)
M 1.4L L4 (L95), 1.4L L4 (LE2, Turbo), 2.6L V6 (LY9), 5.0L V8
N 3.2L V6 (LA3), 3.6L V6 (LFR)
P 2.0L L4 (LSJ), 5.7L V8, 5.3L V8
R 3.0L V6 (L81), 5.7L V8
S 3.6L V6 (LGX), 5.7L V8 (LS6), 2.8L V6 (LB8), 4.2L L6
T 1.5L L4 (LFV, Turbo), 2.4L L4 (LD9), 5.3L V8
U 6.0L V8 (LS2), 6.0L V8
V 4.8L V8
W 4.3L L6, 6.2L V8 (LS3), 4.3L V6
X 2.0 L4 (LTG, turbo), 4.3L V6
Y 4.6L V8 (LD8)

Position nine is occupied by a numeral from 0-9 or the letter X. This is the check digit. The check digit is the codified result of an algorithm using the other numbers and letters in the VIN to validate the authenticity of the VIN.


Position 10 of a Chevrolet vehicle is used to identify the model year.

A 1980, 2010
B 1981, 2011
C 1982, 2012
D 1983, 2013
E 1984, 2014
F 1985, 2015
G 1986, 2016
H 1987, 2017
J 1988, 2018
K 1989, 2019
L 1990, 2020
M 1991, 2021
N 1992, 2022
P 1993, 2023
R 1994, 2024
S 1995, 2025
T 1996, 2026
U 1997, 2027
W 1998, 2028
X 1999, 2029
Y 2000, 2030
1 2001, 2031
2 2002, 2032
3 2003, 2033
4 2004, 2034
5 2005, 2035
6 2006, 2036
7 2007, 2037
8 2008, 2038
9 2009, 2039

Position 11 indicates the factory at which the vehicle was assembled. This is often a different code and/or factory than the information included in the WMI.

R Arlington Assembly
5 Bowling Green Assembly Plant
6 CAMI Automotive
B GM Korea
U Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly
F Fairfax II
F Flint Truck Assembly
Z Fort Wayne Assembly
7 Fujisawa
4 Iwata
3 Kawasaki
K Kosai Assembly
J Lansing Delta Township Assembly
0 Lansing Grand River Assembly
7 Lockport Components
7 Magyar Suzuki Corporation
4 Orion Assembly
1/9 Oshawa Car Assembly
S Ramos Arizpe Assembly
G Silao Assembly
Z/S Spring Hill Manufacturing
1 Wentzville Assembly

The digits in positions 12 through 17 are the vehicle serial number. This number is like a fingerprint and is used to identify where in a production line the particular vehicle was built. It should be recognized that serial numbers are not consecutive and do not relate to early and late production.

Safety and Recalls for Chevrolet Cars

Airbag sensors may enter a test phase unexpectedly under certain driving conditions, removing them temporarily from emergency deployment. A recall for this issue has been issued for the following vehicles:

  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, and Suburban.
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle.
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles.

Control arms within the steering system are affected by a recall. Inadequate welds could allow the arm to separate and steering control compromised on the following models:

  • 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
  • 2016 Chevrolet Suburban.
  • 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox models manufactured on October 16, 2015, have been recalled, to correct a label that misstates the size and inflation of tires associated with the vehicle.

Front airbags are an issue for 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express vans manufactured January 27, 2009, through March 7, 2014. These models with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds and less and equipped with front passenger airbags do not meet the federal motor vehicle safety standard for interior impact.

A recall of airbags has been issued for 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 15, 2013, to June 19, 2015, and equipped with front vented-heated passenger seats. The hazard is that airbags may not deploy if a child is seated in the front of the vehicle due to faulty sensors.

An electrical issue is behind a recall for 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500/3500 trucks equipped with auxiliary batteries manufactured January 18, 2007, to June 22, 2011. The concern is for towing bridals that could overheat and melt.

Chevrolet Recalls

Chevrolet had 6290 from 1980 to 2021 of which the most recalled model is 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier and the least is 1992 Chevrolet Beretta. Chevrolet had the most recalled during 2015.

Model Number of Recalls
2000 Chevrolet Cavalier #1 with most recalls 7
2010 Chevrolet Express #2 with most recalls 5
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche #3 with most recalls 3
1992 Chevrolet Lumina APV #4 with most recalls 2
1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo #5 with most recalls 2
2017 Chevrolet City Express #6 with most recalls 1
2015 Chevrolet Equinox #7 with most recalls 1
2005 Chevrolet Aveo #8 with most recalls 1
1992 Chevrolet Beretta #9 with most recalls 1

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