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How the C7 Corvette Came Back From the Brink

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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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Coming Sunday, 7PM: 1st Look at C7 Corvette!

The exclusive inside story of Chevy's 1st true world-beater.

by on Jan.11, 2013

It almost didn’t happen.  Between General Motors’ bankruptcy and plenty of internal debate, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette nearly failed to materialize. But after a two-year delay, the C7 is finally ready to make its tire-spinning debut. TheDetroitBureau.com has seen it and we’ve got the inside story ready to reveal to readers on Sunday 7 PM ET. You’ll soon see why the all-new 2014 ‘Vette is already being called the most beautiful American sports car in half a century.

Beyonce to Get New C7 Corvette at Super Bowl

Singer will serenade new model during halftime show.

by on Dec.28, 2012

Beyonce will help launch the new C7 Corvette during the upcoming Super Bowl.

It’s easy to forget that there’s actually a football game going on during the Super Bowl, what with all the attention paid to the high-profile commercials and the big name acts that anchor the annual halftime show.

But Chevrolet is hoping that it can be a real Super Bowl stand-out despite General Motors much-publicized decision to yank its ads from the upcoming event. In a creative compromise with the NFL, the Detroit maker plans to place its all-new 2014 Corvette on the 50-yard line during the halftime show and present it to this year’s celebrity performer Beyonce, sources tell TheDetroitBureau.com.

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GM officials would not confirm for the record their involvement in the 2013 game, Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano only noting that, “We’ve got a history of being involved with the Super Bowl.”

That involvement was originally set to end, however. Last May, former GM global marketing czar Joel Ewanick announced that, due to rising costs he called unjustifiable, the maker would not advertise during Super Bowl XLVII.

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Leaked C7 Corvette Renderings Reach Web

Images reveal interior and exterior.

by on Dec.26, 2012

Renderings of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette - likely from an owner's manual - have leaked onto the Web.

There are few secrets in the auto industry but General Motors has gone to great pains to keep the lid on images and details concerning the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Only a handful of journalists have had a chance to see or hear about the new C7 ‘Vette in advance of its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

But now, it appears, a number of details, as well as some detailed renderings, have leaked out anyway. But we’re betting that it will only enhance interest when the Corvette reveal takes place in little more than two weeks.

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We owe a tip of the hat to Autoblog for nabbing these images which first appeared on the Corvette Forum but which were then quickly pulled back down.

The renderings, which appear to come from an owner’s manual or service guide, reveal a more European design that would seem to be in line, dimensionally, with the likes of a Porsche 911.  A large grille is located directly below the steeply raked headlamps. There are large air exhausts behind the front wheels which could be used for brake cooling as well as to exhaust air from the engine compartment.

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