Chevy or Volvo: 85% of People Can't Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles! Can You?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell a Chevy Blazer from a Volvo 440, or spot the difference between an El Camino and a Duett? If you were faced with a pair of electric vehicles like the Polestar and the Bolt, could you tell which was made by Volvo and which was a Chevy creation? Prove your car make IQ with this quiz!

Chevy and Volvo rank among the world's best-selling car manufacturers, but can you tell the difference between the cars each one produces? Interestingly enough, the style of each of these automakers ties back to long-established philosophies that date to when the companies were founded. 

Chevrolet began in 1911 as part of Detroit's General Motors. The American auto behemoth was built on the idea of creating "a car for every purse and purpose." At the time, that meant transitioning from the limited model lines common in the U.S. to a more mainstream method of production in order to compete with Ford and his famous assembly lines.

Sixteen years later and halfway across the globe, Volvo was established in Sweden. Even then, the company worked on the idea that "the guiding principle behind everything we make is, and always will be, safety." This focus on safe auto travel helped Volvo invent things like side impact protection and the three-point seatbelt.

Of course, the design of Volvo and Chevy cars have changed over the years to meet changing demands. Think you can recognize one brand from another using only a single picture? Take our quiz to find out!

The Chevy Silverado started off as a trim package for Chevys in the '70s, and was introduced as its own model starting in 1998. This full-sized pickup truck comes in two- or four-door models, including crew cabs.

Produced from 1998 to 2006, the Volvo was originally a four-door sedan, with a wagon version available on the second generation model starting in 2006. In 2016, the car was discontinued and replaced by the Volvo S90.

Volvo produced the compact 480 hatchback from 1986 to 1995. It was the first Volvo with front-wheel drive, but is probably best remembered for its innovative pop-up headlights.

Built on Chevy's J-platform, the Cavalier was manufactured between 1982 and 2005 -- though it reached peak sales in the mid-'80s. It was available in two-, three- and four-door models, including a convertible option.

Volvo produced its 240 series between 1974 and 1993. Available in sedan or wagon styles, it had innovative crumple zones, and was popular with European race drivers in the '80s.

The Chevy Suburban is an extended length five-door SUV. Originally built with a wagon-style body on a truck chassis, it has been in production since 1935, making it one of Chevy's longest-running models.

Chevy named its iconic Corvette after a classic warship. First introduced in 1953, it featured a two-door coupe or convertible design. The 1953 version only came in white, but the following year, Chevy came out with four color choices -- black, red, blue and white.

Historically, the Polestar name has been associated with the racing scene, but in 2017, Volvo released its Polestar 1 to the public. The two-door coupe is a plug-in hybrid that promises to get 93 miles running only on electricity.

Introduced in 1975, the Volvo 66 was a two- or three-door compact. It was known for its continuous variable transmission, which Volvo called the "Variomatic."

Introduced in 1966 to compete with the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro is a pony car available in two-door coupe or convertible models. The car was produced between 1966 and 2002, then relaunched in 2009.

The Chevy Caprice ranked among the best-selling American cars in the '60s and '70s. Produced from 1964 to 1996, then revived in 2011, the Caprice actually started out as a trim package for the Impala before becoming a unique model.

The Volvo XC60 is a compact SUV that became one of the company's best-selling models in 2009. Volvo started producing the five-door crossover in 2008, with the second generation redesign emerging in 2017.

The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid with a five-door hatchback design. The first model, released in 2011, got 35 miles per charge, while the 2016 version came with a 53 mile range.

The mid-sized Chevy Chevelle was produced between 1964 and 1978, with three generations of designs. This platform, which was also used for the Monte Carlo, came in coupe, sedan, wagon and convertible models.​

Produced from 1997 to 2016, the Volvo V70 XC, also known as the XC70, was a five-door compact crossover. In 2002, Volvo released a special Ocean Race version, which came in a proprietary shade of ocean blue with silver trim.

The Chevy Nova was the top Chevy II through the mid-'60s. Produced from 1962 to 1979, then again from 1985 to 1988, this compact was replaced by the Chevy Citation in 1980.

Introduced in 1955, the Chevy Cameo was a compact pickup with a car-like design that helped pave the way for the popular El Camino. Chevy also sold a 1957 model of the Cameo known as the Palomino.

Volvo produced the V40 from 1995 to 2004. The "V" in the V40 stood for versatility estate -- essentially a station wagon with five doors. A four-door sedan was marketed as the S40.

The classic Chevy Corvette Sting Ray was available from 1962 to 1967. Models of this sporty coupe sold after 1967 were marked as "Stingray."

The Chevy Colorado is a mid-sized pickup introduced in 2004 to replace the company's S-10 model, and yes -- it's named after the state of Colorado. Chevy produces the pickup in both two- and four-door versions, including extended and crew cabs.

The Chevy SS sedan is designed to serve as a mid-range option between the Malibu and the Impala. Produced starting in 2014, the earliest versions of the SS were equipped with manual paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Produced since 2002, the Chevy Aveo is available in more than 120 countries. The first generation of this compact was named Aveo, while the second generation took the name Chevy Sonic starting in 2012.

The Chevy Malibu originated as a trim package on the Chevy Chevelle in 1964 and became its own model line in 1978. Over the decades, Chevy has made the Malibu available in two-, four- and five-door models.

The most innovative thing about the Volvo XC40 was the way it was sold. The compact luxury SUV was introduced in 2017, and Volvo announced it would be sold via a monthly subscription. A fee of $600 would cover the lease, maintenance and insurance.

The Chevy LUV was an Isuzu-made, Chevy-branded light pickup sold in North America in the '70s and early '80s. Chevy introduced the affordable pickup to compete with a similar model by Datsun.

Chevy introduced the Blazer S-10 in 1982, making it one of the earlier compact SUVs on the market. Built on an S-10 pickup base, the Blazer offered Tahoe or sport trim models, as well as a base version.

Volvo introduced the C70 in 1996, and produced the two-door compact until 2013. The first generation was a soft-top coupe, while the second generation had a retractable hardtop.

The mid-size Chevy Equinox SUV came out in 2004, but was reduced in size for the 2018 models. A 2018 diesel model boasts 39 miles per gallon highway.

The Volvo 850, made from 1991 to 1996, was one of the first front-wheel drive cars sold by Volvo in North America. This compact executive model was replaced by the V70 in 1997.

Volvo produced its P1800 sports car from 1961 to 1973. The rear drive, front engine vehicle gained popularity after it was featured in a TV series called "The Saint."

The Chevy Traverse was introduced to replace the company's Uplander SUV in 2008. In 2013, the Traverse got a significant restyling, with a new grill and Camaro-inspired tail lights.

Volvo's Duett had an estate body style, more commonly known as a station wagon in the U.S. Produced between 1953 and 1969, the wagon was designed for delivery work during the week and family trips on the weekend.

Volvo produced the C30 three-door hatchback between 2006 and 2013. The high-end coupe shared a similar interior design with the S40 and V50.

The compact Chevy Sonic came out in 2012. It was essentially a new name for the company's Aveo model, which was produced between 2002 and 2011.

The Chevy El Camino combined the best of a coupe utility, pickup and muscle car into one vehicle. Designed to compete with the Ford Ranchero, the car was produced between 1959 and 1987.

The 262C was designed to serve as Volvo's first luxury coupe. Just 6,600 units were built between 1977 and 1981.

The Chevy Venture minivan replaced the Lumina in 1997, and was produced until 2005. The name for the Venture came from a 1988 Chevy concept car.

Famous for its triple taillights, the Impala has been in production on-and-off since 1958. A 2015 bi-fuel model was one of the first full-sized vehicles in North America that could run on compressed natural gas.

The all-electric Chevy Bolt was introduced in 2017. This five-door compact boasts a 200 hp motor that can travel 238 miles on one charge.

Introduced in 2008, the Chevy Cruz sedan replaced the Chevy Cobalt. The company offers the Cruz in both four- and five-door models, including a station wagon.

Volvo produced the Amazon between 1956 and 1970. Known as the 122S in the United States, it was one of the first Volvos to offer seat belts as a standard feature.

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