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Chevrolet Turns Loose the Latest Z06 Convertible

First Z06 drop top since ’63 puts out 625 hp.

by on Apr.11, 2014

The all-new, 2015 Corvette Z06 will be one of the most capable convertibles on the market, offering 625 hp, and a zero-to-60 mph time under 3.5 seconds.

Chevrolet today unleashed a beast that Corvette mavens haven’t seen in more than 40 years: a Z06 Corvette convertible.

The first Z06 drop top available straight from the factory since 1963, its LT4 6.2-liter V8 puts out 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque with a zero to 60 time under 3.5 seconds. It is the most powerful convertible the Bow-Tie manufacturer has ever produced.

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“The Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development. “Only a handful of convertibles in the world bring more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aerodynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible.” (more…)

Opel Cascada Anchors “10-Year Action Plan”

GM’s new European boss puts in first appearance.

by on Mar.08, 2013

New Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and the Opel Cascada convertible.

General Motors can only hope it gets a warm reception for the new Opel Cascada convertible making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, as it anchors the maker’s crucial “10-Year action plan.”

The past decade hasn’t been a very good one for Opel, which has plunged in sales and market share, helping GM run up European losses of $18 billion since plunging into the red there in 1999. Steve Girsky, the General Motors Vice Chairman who was put in charge of devising the action plan formally handed the reins over to GM Europe’s new boss, Karl-Thomas Neumann, during the Opel news conference.

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“My goal is to steer Opel back to its former strength and glory,” declared Neumann, who previously served in a senior management role at GM’s arch-rival Volkswagen AG. And the key to that, he said, was the plan formally known as “Drive 2022.”

While there are a variety of cost-cutting measures in the program, the crucial piece is the launch of new products, such as the new Cascada and the recently introduced Opel Adam. In all, the maker intends to launch 23 new vehicles and 13 new powertrain packages over the next five years alone.


Corvette Convertible is Fastest ‘Vette Ragtop Ever

Stingray al fresco as cabrio makes its Geneva debut.

by on Mar.05, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible top can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph.

Chevrolet has lifted the lid on the fastest and most powerful convertible it has ever brought to market, a ragtop version of the seventh-generation Corvette sports car that, in coupe form, was one of the stars of the Detroit Motor Show barely two months ago. The new soft-top also will have the fastest and simplest-to-operate foldaway roof.

The convertible version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray– the C7 to fans – made its formal introduction at the Geneva Motor Show, a move that underscores Chevy’s goal of increasing its worldwide presence, with the ‘Vette as its halo car.

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“The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953,” said Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of global design. “With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously. As a result, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design.”


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, 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.


Corvette Stingray Convertible to Debut in Geneva

Other variants soon to follow.

by on Feb.07, 2013

Corvette drops a hint of the ragtop it will reveal at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

General Motors has confirmed one of the auto industry’s worst-kept secrets, formally announcing plans to reveal the convertible version of the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5th.

The coupe version of the “C7,” as it’s known to aficionados, made its formal debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, last month, and was considered the big hit of that gathering. At the time, Chevy officials hinted that other variants of the ‘Vette would quickly start rolling out.

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“Every Corvette is designed at the outset as an open car,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The new Stingray is no different, with the coupe and convertible designed to excel in any situation – be it your daily commute, a drive across the continent, or charging through twisting back roads.”


First 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Set for Auction

Fastest drop-top Vette ever.

by on Jan.20, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible is billed as the fastest drop-top Vette ever.

Look fast or you might miss it.  Here’s a first look at the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible that will make its formal debut, tonight, during a special break in the action at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The 7.0-liter, 505-horsepower monster is being billed as the fastest drop-top that Chevy has ever offered – and a good way to celebrate both the 60th anniversary of “America’s sports car,” and the likelihood this will be the last major variant off the soon-to-be-replaced C6 version of the Corvette.


Some lucky bidder at the Barrett will have the opportunity to be the first on his (or her) block to drive home in the Corvette 427 Convertible, one sporting a special 60th Anniversary Package that boasts Arctic White paint and Pearl Silver Blue stripes, with a Diamond Blue leather-wrapped interior.  It will be auctioned off for charity over the weekend.


Kill the Umpire! Run Over Jim Joyce and Bud Selig with the Corvette Convertible the Righty Earned

Detroit pitcher Galarraga lost a perfect game on a bad call.

by on Jun.03, 2010

The wrong call is sort of "righted" by a fast moving General Motors.

Armando Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game last night on what should have been the last pitch of the outing because of the most egregiously bad call I’ve ever seen.

Umpire Jim Joyce’s incorrect “safe” shout and parallel arm motion on a play at first base was wrong, really wrong.

The batter was clearly out by a stride.

While the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, remained silent about the injustice and Joyce said, “I just missed the dammed call,” Chevrolet announced that it was giving the hard throwing right-hand pitcher a new Corvette convertible.

A perfect game and a darn good sports car.

Galarraga retired 26 consecutive Cleveland Indians batters on Wednesday evening.

The 27th and what should have been the final batsman, Jason Donald, hit a routine ball in the hole between first and second base. Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera moved quickly to his right and cleanly fielded the ball and threw it to Galarraga -  sprinting from the mound – who then stepped on first base well before Donald touched it.

Nonetheless, Joyce called him safe.

Galarraga just smirked and returned to the mound and retired the next batter to record a “one-hit,” 3-0 shutout, throwing just 88 pitches.

GM North American President Mark Reuss, who presented a Chevrolet Corvette to Galarraga at today’s game against the Cleveland Indians, said the way the pitcher had handled the incredible event deserved to be recognized – regardless of what record books would ultimately show.

So kudos to fast acting GM. It gave Galarraga a one-year lease on the ‘Vette.

As to the bureaucratic baseball establishment, my comments are unprintable and involve an anatomically impossible act.