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This is a sentence from Wikipedia:

The Chevrolet Corvette , known colloquially as the Vette or Chevy Corvette , is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet.

Is the placement of comma before known and is correct?

When we have to give additional info about a noun, we place commas to enclose the phrase, e.g. "Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, is..."

But somehow, here, its usage seems wrong to me; especially the one before is. What's the rule to be followed for such cases?

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    It is correct. It is additional information that is not necessarily important and the sentence would still make sense if you were to remove that portion of it. – Timinycricket Feb 25 '18 at 8:14
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    Adding too @Timinycricket 's comment, the two commas contain a clause which could be entirely removed and the sentence still makes sense, though losing information. I'l note though, that it is not correct for the commas to be preceded by a space. – RichF Feb 25 '18 at 8:37
  • I agree with the point that the clause contains additional info, which if removed, the sentence would still make sense; but somehow, putting a comma before is seemed wrong. Moreover, I put a space before the comma just to bold it. – Haritdeep Singh Feb 26 '18 at 7:10

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