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November’s Movers and Losers

Even the weakest models are flying out of showrooms.

by on Dec.04, 2013

Demand for the new 2014 Range Rover Sport has made it a hot product this winter.

November delivered an early holiday present to the auto industry, sales surging by double-digits, driven by attractive Black Friday sales.  It was hard to find a manufacturer that didn’t have a good month, with the exception of Volkswagen and the Honda division. And industry analysts note that demand was strong in virtually every product segment – from minicars to full-size pickups, even minivans gaining traction after years of steady decline.

But reading between the lines can reveal a bit different story. Despite the big sales surge, industry inventories have been on the rise – one reason Ford has decided to trim a week’s production this month for the normally strong Fusion sedan – the second-largest domestic maker slicing its planned overall first-quarter production schedule by 2%.

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And while dealers had a tough time keeping some products – such as the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs – in stock last month, they were tripping over some other models.  There was an average 115 days of inventory for the Nissan GTR sports car, for example, roughly twice the 60-day industry norm. Jaguar dealers had 103 days worth of XKR models, and there was an 89-day supply of the Acura RLX, the luxury brand’s new flagship, according to a survey by Cars.com.

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Corvette Customers Face Potential Six-Month Backlog

Many dealers also adding stiff premium to price tag.

by on Sep.30, 2013

You could be in for a long wait for the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, Chevy warns.

Even as dealers begin delivering the first of the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays to customers, many buyers could be in for a long wait, General Motors officials are warning – and a potentially stiff premium.

The new Corvette continues to garner a wave of strongly positive reviews, while buyers also appear to be strongly attracted to a $51,995 base price that is significantly lower than key competitors, such as the Porsche 911. But many dealers are acknowledging that early customers are ponying up anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 extra to jump to the head of the line.

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“We probably have six months’ worth of orders,” said Chevrolet General Marketing Manager Chris Perry, adding that some dealers have already reported selling out their initial allocation. And Chevy won’t even begin to fill the order bank for the new Corvette Convertible until early next year.

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Chevy to Offer Limited Edition Corvette Premiere Edition

Special model adds custom luggage – and Z51 performance package.

by on Jul.01, 2013

Thule will provide the Corvette Premier Edition's matching set of luggage.

The very first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray commanded a whopping $1.1 million when it went up on the auction block earlier this year. True, it was a charity benefit event but there are only so many dedicated Vette fans able to come up with cash like that.

Nonetheless, Chevy has something special for those on a bit tighter budget a special Corvette Premier Edition that will be offered in a limited run of just 500 models for an estimated $75,000 apiece.

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The news coincided with the 60th anniversary of the factory roll-out of the very first Corvette, Chevy working hard to prove the new model lives up to the so-called C7’s advanced billing. The maker pulled the wraps off during a special launch party at the National Corvette Museum – which is around the corner from where the seventh-generation sports car is getting ready to go into production.

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From Track to Street, How Motorsports Improves What We Drive

“Improving the breed.”

by on May.31, 2013

GM President Mark Reuss with the Corvette pace car he'll be riding in during the IndyCar race on Detroit's Belle Isle.

When the field of IndyCars lines up on the grid at Detroit’s Belle Isle race track this Sunday, you can be guaranteed that General Motors will lead the pack. That’s because Mark Reuss, GM’s President of North America, will be riding in the pace car, a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

There’s no way to know who’ll ultimately take the checkered flag but Reuss and GM clearly hope for a repeat of last week’s Indy 500, the maker’s Chevrolet division powering to a 1-2-3 victory, the first time Chevy has won the celebrated race in 11 years.

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That victory has a number of benefits, according to Reuss. “We’re a company that lost what it feels like to win,” he says, recalling with a grimace the bankruptcy that nearly shut GM down just four years ago. But wins like Indy are “giving us a feel of what it’s like to win again as a company.”

There are other payoffs, the executive says.

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A Corvette Wagon?

Callaway comes with a 2-box version of the new C7.

by on Mar.19, 2013

Callaway could put the Corvette AeroWagon into production late this year.

Sadly, Americans have largely written off the station wagon, which is too bad considering the functional body style’s ongoing popularity in Europe and other parts of the world. Then again, this rendering from Reeves Callaway and his team over Callaway Cars might get some folks to rethink their reluctance.

Callaway is well-known among tuner fans for its high-performance take on a number of different muscle and performance cars, including the Corvette, but this may be one of the most distinctive redesigns it has offered in a number of years, the so-called Aerowagon playing off well on the distinctive design cues that have already won such raves for the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray.

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He is by no means the first to envision a wagon interpretation of the ‘Vette. None other than General Motors original styling chief Harley Earl offered up the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad concept way back in 1954. And we’ve seen a couple of one-off customized versions during the Woodward Dream Cruise over the years.

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First Official Look: 2014 C7 Corvette Convertible

Droptop to make official debut in Geneva – anchoring Chevy’s global push.

by on Mar.02, 2013

The first official look at the new Chevrolet "C7" Corvette Convertible.

It was the star of the hometown car show but now General Motors hopes to prove its new, seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette has international appeal as it drops the top on the so-called “C7” by introducing the convertible edition at the coming week’s Geneva Motor Show.

Though a few hazy “spy shots” have surfaced in recent weeks, these are the first official images of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible and they reveal that GM designers and engineers went to great lengths to maintain the striking shape of the coupe that was first introduced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Indeed, in a conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com, Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer on the C7 Corvette program stressed that it “was designed with the convertible in mind.” That’s unlike the way GM and many other automakers have traditionally approached the development of a ragtop.

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First C7 Corvette Commands $1.1 Mil for Charity at Barrett-Jackson Auction

GM CEO Akerson's '58 Vette raises another $270,000.

by on Jan.20, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray #1 drives up on the block at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction. Photo Courtesy Drew Phillips, Autoblog.com

It was a Corvette weekend at the annual Barrett-Jackson, one of the nation’s biggest classic car auctions, as bidders ran up big winning bids for both new and old versions of the 2-seater often referred to as “America’s sports car.”

Less than a week after the all-new, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette – the “C7” to insiders and aficionados – made its splashy debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NASCAR team owner and Atlanta Chevy dealer Rick Hendrick won the bidding for the Corvette Stingray number one for a bid of $1.1 million.

(Back from the brink – the inside story of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Click Here.)

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The money will go to the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies which runs one of the world’s most highly respected automotive design programs – and where several of the stylists who worked on the Corvette program were trained.

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From C1 to C7: 60 Years of Corvette History

Our resident historian’s recollection of Corvettes then and now.

by on Jan.18, 2013

The C7 Corvette at its unveiling last weekend.

TheDetroitBureau.com’s resident historian, Mike Davis was yet to get his license when the first Corvette rolled into GM’s private auto show, known as Motorama, 60 years ago. But he’s been watching and reporting on every ‘Vette since then.

Davis recently released a series of books on the history of Chevrolet and with the new 2014 “C7” Chevrolet Corvette winning kudos as the star of this year’s Detroit Auto Show, we asked him for some remembrances about the Corvette, as well.  Here’s his tale.

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What in heck does C7 mean?  It’s the seventh reincarnation of America’s only regular production sports and racing car.  As shown in my Chevy V.1, as I refer to it, the first Corvette  (C1) began as a “concept car,” a one of-a-kind auto show queen, at General Motors’ Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York in January 1953.

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How the C7 Corvette Came Back From the Brink

Return of the Stingray.

by on Jan.13, 2013

After a series of delays, Chevrolet is finally ready to roll out the seventh-generation Corvette.

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They were the darkest of days, all the more so in the design studios at General Motors where a small team had been assembled and given the less than humble task of building the world’s best sports car.

True, the Chevrolet Corvette has always been an icon of American design, but this time, Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and design director Tom Peters had to take things the next step, producing a vehicle that could challenge and beat the best the Germans and Italians could throw at it.

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There was only one problem: the U.S. economy was in meltdown, the automotive market facing its worst downturn in more than half a century and General Motors, rapidly running out of cash, seemed all but certain to declare bankruptcy.  And when it did in June 1, 2009, the lights went out.  Even with the likelihood of a federal bailout, it was anything but certain the long-awaited C7 Corvette would ever make it to market.

But tonight, at a well-attended ceremony at an old warehouse in a run-down section of Detroit, Juechter and Peters will get the honor of pulling the wraps off a 2014 Chevy Corvette that is already being hailed as the best American sports car of the past half century, perhaps the best ever.

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Already Iconic – Chevy Bills the 2014 C7 Corvette as a True World-Beater

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette by the numbers.

by on Jan.13, 2013

The C7, shown here at Sunday night's unveiling, will be the fastest and most powerful "base" Corvette ever.

You can forgive the first Corvette.  When it rolled out almost exactly 60 years ago, it was a stylish break from the heavy metal most U.S. manufacturers were producing at the time. But despite its striking looks it was a pretty primitive product, with a solid rear axle and a woefully under-powered straight-6 under the hood.

It didn’t take Chevrolet long to figure out what it had to work with, and over the decades, with each successive generation, the Corvette got bigger engines and more and more power.  Yet there’s a big difference between a muscle car and a sports car, and the divide between the Chevy 2-seater and European competitors like Porsche and Ferrari has only grown larger over the years.

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The outgoing ‘Vette, which has been in production since 2005, was perhaps the first in generations to suggest that Corvette could really produce a world-class sports car.  But at least on paper, the new C7 suggests that Chevy may really be ready to deliver a 2-seater that the competition should be worried about.

Here’s a quick look at some of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s basics.

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