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After two failed attempts at starting a car company, Henry Ford incorporated the Ford Motor Company in Detroit on June 16, 1903. A month later, the company started producing its first cars and by 1908, Ford had introduced its famous Model T -- a car designed for the average man at a time when vehicles were affordable only to the very wealthy.
That same year, William C. Durant founded General Motors. Over the next few years, he bought up numerous car companies -- including a failed attempt to buy Ford -- before acquiring Chevrolet in 1918.
Over the next few decades, these companies became giants of the automotive world, one-upping one another in sales, designs and technological innovations. When Durant died in March 1947, it seemed only natural that his main rival, Henry Ford, would pass away just a few weeks later.
Of course, even the deaths of these pioneers didn't dim the prospects of their respective companies, and Ford and Chevrolet continue to rank among the bestselling car brands in the U.S.
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Chevy has been producing the subcompact Spark in cooperation with Daweoo since 1998. While the standard gas version of this tiny car is known for its low price tag and high fuel efficiency, the all-electric version offers the ultimate in eco-friendly frugality for those looking to slash fuel costs.
Introduced in 1965, the Ford Mustang is an icon of the automotive world. It singlehandedly ushered in the pony car era, inspiring classics like the Camaro, Firebird and Challenger. True Mustang fans take note -- The Mustang Owner's Museum in Concord, NC announced in 2018 that it would open its doors in April 2019 for devotees of this beloved Ford creation.
The Malibu actually began as a fancy trim package on the classic Chevy Chevelle before it became an independent model in 1978. Chevrolet stopped Malibu production in 1983 before bringing it back in 1997 to replace the Corsica. It was a good decision for Chevy -- the Malibu was named Motor Trend Car of the Year in '97.
Chevy introduced the all-electric Bolt in 2017 in a partnership with electronics giant LG. Thanks to an EPA-estimated mileage of 283 miles on a single charge, the Bolt was the second best-selling electric vehicle in the U.S. in 2017 after Tesla.
Chevrolet developed the Camaro in 1967 to take on the sporty Mustang. Produced continuously until 2002, the Camaro was revived in 2010. Between 1967 and 2016, it served as the pace car at the Indy 500 a whopping nine times.
Ford introduced the compact Focus in 1998. In 2018, the company announced that it would drop production of all passenger cars except for the Focus and the Mustang in the U.S. as of 2020.
The Chevy Equinox is a compact crossover SUV introduced in 2005. For the 2008 model year, Chevy produced two special edition models to honor the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, including a Team Canada edition and a Podium edition.
As of 2017, Ford has sold at least 16 million compact Fiesta cars since 1976. After being pulled from the North American market in 1980, Ford brought the Fiesta back to U.S. buyers in 2010 with the Mark VI redesign.
The Ford Thunderbird is often dubbed the first personal luxury car. It originated as a high-end two-seat convertible in 1955, and remained in production for half a century. The 2002 11th generation redesign moved the Thunderbird to a platform designed for Lincoln and Jaguar models.
Chevy introduced the mid-size Traverse crossover SUV in 2009. In 2018, the company released a second generation redesign much a more truck-like build, longer wheelbase and lighter weight.
The Ford Taurus started off in 1986 as a mid-size, and has gradually become a larger full-size sedan over the years. Within the first decade of its release, Ford sold a million Taurus models, and it was one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. for much of the early '90s.
Introduced in the U.S. in 2012, the Chevy Sonic was the name given to the second generation Chevy Aveo. Built by Daewoo, the Sonic was produced in both hatchback and sedan styles. In 2018, Chevy announced that the vehicle would be discontinued after the 2019 model year.
GM has produced the compact Chevy Cruze since 2008. Available in both sedan and hatchback models, it was the first GM passenger car with the option for a diesel engine in more than 25 years.
Ford produced the full-size Crown Victoria between 1992 and 2011. Known for its incredibly durable frame, the model became very popular with police and other law enforcement agencies.
Ford replaced the compact Escort between 1981 and 2003. Introduced to replace the Pinto and Fiesta in the U.S., the Escort was one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. for much of the '80s.
Built in Detroit starting in 2011, the Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid with a compact liftback design. By the end of 2016, it was the most popular plug-in hybrid in the world.
Chevy named the Corvette for a classic small warship. Introduced in 1953, this sporty coupe has since become the flagship of the brand. The earliest Corvettes only came in one color scheme -- polo white with a red interior and black convertible top.
Ford introduced the mid-sized Fusion sedan in 2006, slotting the model in between the smaller Focus and larger Taurus. The second generation redesign in 2013 brought a longer wheelbase, improved suspension and a slightly smaller trunk space.
Produced since 2003, the Ford Ecosport entered the North American market for the first time in 2017. This compact SUV is known for its sporty exterior and large touchscreen dashboard control panel that gives the vehicle a cutting-edge style.
The Ford Flex resembles an SUV/station wagon hybrid. Available since 2009, it is styled after the Mini, and has some elements reminiscent of the classic Woodie wagon.
Chevy introduced the full-sized Tahoe SUV in 1995, with a hybrid-electric model following in 2008. Priced around $50,000, the hybrid averages 21 mpg in the city, compared to around 15 mpg for the gasoline-powered version.
Chevy's Silverado pickup started off a trim package on the company's beloved C/K line between 1975 and 1998. The truck, which became an independent model in 1998, is virtually identical to the GMC Sierra -- with the exception of some trim levels and options.
Chevy's Advance Design trucks were the bestselling trucks in the U.S. in the late '40s and early '50s. Before they were replaced by the Chevy Task Force in 1955, the Advance Design was known for its shapely style and prominent front grille.
Ford produced the GT from 2004 to 2006 to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. This sporty two-seat coupe was re-released in 2016, and has a remarkable amount of power compared to its lightweight carbon fiber body.
C/K refers to a line of full-sized pickups produced by Chevy between 1960 and 2000. The C was used to refer to two-wheel drive models, with the K designation used for four-wheel drive trucks. The line was replaced by the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra at the turn of the millennium.
The Ford Explorer started off as a compact SUV, but has grown over the years to become a larger mid-sized SUV. It was Ford's first four-door SUV when it came out in 1990 to replace the Bronco II.
The Chevy El Camino came out in 1959 to compete with the ultra-popular Ford Ranchero. Built on a wagon body, the El Camino combined the style of a muscle car with the utility of a pickup -- all in a single vehicle.
The Chevy Chevette was the bestselling car in the U.S. between 1979 and 1980. Though more than 2.8 million were sold between 1975 and 1987, a drop in sales led to the end of the vehicle just 12 years after it was introduced to the market.
Ford used the Ranger name on certain trim and options packages on the F-series pickup between 1965 and 1981. The Ranger became an independent model in 1983, and was discontinued in the U.S. in 2011 only to be brought back for the 2019 model year.
Introduced in 1948, the Ford F-150 pickup became the bestselling pickup in the U.S. in 1977, and the bestselling vehicle of any model by 1986. In 1999, the company separated the F-250 and F-350 into their own line of heavy-duty trucks.
Chevy introduced the mid-sized Colorado pickup in 2014 in the U.S. to replace the S-10. Mechanically a twin to the GMC Canyon, the Colorado also comes in a ZR2 off-road version with a tougher track and greater lift.
Ford has produced the full-sized Expedition SUV since 1997, with an extended length available since 2007. Famous for its longevity, the Expedition originally had seating capacity for nine passengers thanks to a bench seating option.
Chevy replaced the Cavalier with the compact Cobalt in 2005. Available in both coupe in sedan models, this vehicle was itself replaced by the Chevy Cruze in 2010.
Ford produced the Bronco multi-purpose vehicle -- or MPV -- from 1966 to 1996. It had its biggest moment of glory in 1994, when O.J. Simpson chose a Bronco for his low-speed run from the police after becoming a suspect in his ex-wife's murder.
The Chevy Cavalier compact was built on GM's classic J-body platform. It replaced the Monza in the North American market, and could be found on sale in the U.S. between 1981 and 2005.
When the Ford Pinto came out in 1971, it was the smallest Ford to hit the U.S. market since 1907. Believe it or not, this subcompact was built on the same platform as the Mustang II for a few years in the '70s.
The Model T wasn't the first car, but it was the first one accessible to the masses. It cost $850 when it came out in 1908, but assembly line production decreased the price to just $300 by 1925.
The Chevy LUV -- for light utility vehicle -- came out in 1972, and was sold through 1982 in North America. Despite its small stature, it had a surprisingly high-payload and heavy frame.
The Ford Fairlane was named for Henry Ford's Fair Lane Estate in Michigan. Available from 1955 to 1970, this full-sized stylish ride was known for a stainless steel accent known as the Fairlane stripe.
Ford produced the compact Tempo between 1984 and 1994. This model was part of an effort by Ford to move toward more stylish and efficient cars during the '80s, and helped pave the way for the very successful Ford Taurus.