For the past 10 decades, Chevrolet has built a reputation for value, durability, performance and innovations. Innovative technologies like an electronic stability control system, electric starter, fuel injection, and anti-lock brakes were standard on its lineup of affordable trucks and cars. Chevrolet adopted these landmark technologies to create new markets in the industry. The forward-thinking attitude of William Durant and Louis Chevrolet made an impact on the automobile industry that still resonates until today.
The Chevrolet Powerglide
During the 1950's, Chevrolet introduced the Powerglide, a two-speed automatic transmission system on an affordable vehicle. The "Cast Iron Power Glide" was its first version, and it had a cast iron case. In 1962, Chevrolet revamped the Powerglide and introduced the "Aluminum Power Glide" which was made of aluminum and lighter compared to its predecessor. Until today, the Aluminum Power Glide is still being used as a racing transmission of choice. This innovation rocked the automobile industry for its simplicity, extreme durability, and ease of use.
Chevy's Onstar Hands-free System
1996 was the year when Chevrolet introduced the Onstar Hands-free System at the Chicago Auto Show. It was the very first hands-free communication device that could be used to contact emergency medical services, aid the police in tracking stolen vehicles, and notify the drivers of any mechanical problems via emails. The current Onstar system now has RemoteLink, which can be linked to any iPhone or Android-powered mobile phone.
Chevrolet's Vortec Engine
Chevrolet made a huge leap forward by introducing the Vortec engine. It uses the "vortex technology" which creates a vortex inside the engine's combustion chamber to create a better air/fuel mixture. The Vortec engine improves fuel economy and enhances its performance. This engine design is the source of power for some of Chevrolet's trucks like the S-10, Silverado, Avalanche, and Suburban. Chevrolet's pioneering spirit changed the truck industry as we know it.
As Chevrolet enters a new century, it will continue to develop new technologies for the automobile industry. It will listen to the needs of our evolving society and create vehicles that can adapt to our ever-changing world.