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GM Plows $439 Million into Corvette Paint Shop

List of plants in $5.4 billion investment plan continues to grow.

by on May.21, 2015

General Motors is investing $439 million for a new paint shop at the maker's Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant that produces the Corvette.

Being a plant manager at a General Motors facility these days must be like being part of Oprah’s studio audience: you’re just waiting to see what surprise gift you’ll be getting.

The latest “winner” is the automaker’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant that will get a new $439 million paint shop. The project is part of a $5.4 billion plan to upgrade many the company’s plants across the country.

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The plant is the automaker’s sole manufacturing point for its halo sports car, which has received $135 million in improvements during the last four years to produce the new Stingray and to create the Performance Build Center. (more…)

Corvette Z06 Blasts Into Hypercar Status with “Under 3-Second” 0-60 Times

But there’s bad news for fans of the manual.

by on Oct.02, 2014

The Corvette Z06 is now part of a pretty exclusive club: the sub 3-second zero-to-60 club.

Chevrolet has just joined one of the auto industry’s most exclusive clubs, the maker announcing that it’s new Corvette Z06 will get you from a dead stop to 60 in a mere 2.95 seconds. Keep an eye out over your shoulder Ferrari and Lamborghini. Who knows what the bowtie brand will accomplish when the eagerly awaited Corvette ZR1 debuts a couple years from now?

Sadly, the announcement from Chevy headquarters could wind up putting another nail in the coffin of the manual transmission. The six-speed stick version of the Z06 came in about a third of a second slower.

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The new model is the first spinoff of the C7 Corvette – as it’s known to aficionados – and it takes things up one very significant notch with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood capable of punching out a hefty 650 horsepower. (more…)

Chevy’s New Corvette is Breakin’ the Law

Recording feature of valet mode might be violation.

by on Sep.29, 2014

Valets across America can breathe easier that now that their voices can't be recorded while parking the new 2015 Corvette.

Owners of the 2015 Chevy Corvette and former U.S. President Richard Nixon have something in common: they can record conversations. However, in some states, the Vette recordings could be a violation of the law.

When the car is in “Valet Mode,” which is part of the vehicle’s Performance Data Recorder, owners can secretly record conversations in their cars and performance data when they’re not along for the ride, such as when the car is being parked by a valet.

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While that sounds like a great way to ensure you can prove some crazy valet may have caused the small ding in the Corvette’s fender, it’s also a great way to get in legal hot water: it’s illegal in many states to record conversations without telling the person being taped. (more…)

GM Issues Stop-Sale on New Chevrolet Corvette

Maker cites pair of potential problems.

by on Sep.12, 2014

General Motors issued a stop-sale order to dealers for 2,800 Corvettes. A recall is likely to follow.

General Motors dealers have been told to halt sales of 2,800 of the maker’s new Chevrolet Corvette models because of a pair of potential problems.

The move is the latest in a series of so-called Stop-Sale notices issued by the Detroit maker as it has discovered potential defects with its various models during a year of close scrutiny. It is expected that GM will follow with an official recall notice for the Corvettes.

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GM has so far this year issued 65 recall campaigns in the U.S. market covering 29.1 million vehicles. That includes 2.6 million older models equipped with faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The maker has been hauled before Congress repeatedly, while a potential criminal probe by the U.S. Justice Department moves ahead. And it has been slammed with the largest-ever fine by federal safety regulators for its decade-long delay in acting on the ignition switch problem. (more…)

Corvette Museum Filling in Car-Swallowing Sinkhole

Phenomenon drove attendance spike.

by on Sep.02, 2014

Attendance at the National Corvette Museum jumped 66% after a sinkhole opened up under the site.

Practicality won out over history as the National Corvette Museum’s board elected to fill in the sinkhole that gobbled up eight vehicles, but also more than doubled attendance at the facility.

The museum contemplated keeping the sinkhole as a permanent display – attendance has risen 66% and revenue 71% since it formed in February – but when the costs for the project soared the board put the project to rest.

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“We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit of what it was like, but after receiving more detailed pricing, the cost outweighs the benefit,” said Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode in a statement. (more…)

New Corvette Z06 Gets 4% Price Hike to $78,995

Price is higher, but so is mileage rating, performance.

by on Aug.22, 2014

The new Z06 features significant aero improvements, a stiffer chassis and the new supercharged engine: all for a price starting at $78,995.

If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 be prepared to write a big check. In fact, it’ll cost you a $2k more than it did last year to buy the 2015 Z06, which starts at $78,995. The convertible comes in at $83,995.

For that, you get a beast featuring a 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 650 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque: the most powerful car General Motors has ever produced. Not only do buyers get plenty of power, the automaker has also improved the ride and handling through the use of aerodynamic design, improved ride control functions and a stiffer frame.

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“The 2015 Corvette Z06’s performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. (more…)

GM Reunites Stolen ’79 Corvette with Rightful Owner

Silver beast comes back from Mississippi largely intact.

by on Jul.02, 2014

George Talley, a GM retiree, celebrates the return of his 1979 Chevrolet Corvette: 33 years after it was stolen. GM brought the car back for him from Mississippi where it was found.

George Talley’s automotive world came full circle yesterday on Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit with his 1979 Chevrolet Corvette.

He got it back.

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In 1981, the GM retiree’s car was stolen while parked on Jefferson – a large boulevard in Detroit that also runs in front of GM’s world headquarters – near his apartment. Yesterday, it was returned to him courtesy of the automaker, just a few miles from where he saw it last. (more…)

Corvette Museum Keeps Sinkhole for Display

Attendance increase of 59% since hole opened drives decision.

by on Jun.26, 2014

A sinkhole 40-feet wide and 60-feet deep opened up under the National Corvette Museum's Sky Dome in February swallowing eight Corvettes.

The old cliché states, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

Well, apparently the National Corvette Museum’s board of directors likes old clichés as much as it likes old ‘Vettes as it approved a plan today to leave the 60-foot deep sinkhole in the museum’s Sky Dome as a permanent fixture.

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In February, a 40-feet wide by 60-feet deep sinkhole opened up in the swallowing eight Corvettes being displayed at the museum, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (more…)

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…)

Final Corvette Extracted from Museum Sinkhole

Heavily damaged ‘Vette looks like ‘piece of tin foil.’

by on Apr.10, 2014

Workers extract the final Corvette from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky: a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06.

The final Corvette has been recovered from the sinkhole that swallowed it and seven others from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. The initial burst of optimism that accompanied the first recoveries has been tempered by the fact that each subsequent ‘Vette retrieved has been in worse shape than its predecessor.

The last of the eight, the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, was buried in dirt and rocks, dozens of feet below the surface of the museum. It was the most heavily damaged of the eight.

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“I expected bad, but it’s 100 times worse,” Kevin Helmintoller, who donated the car to the museum, said. “It looks like a piece of tin foil… and it had a roll cage in it! It makes all the other cars look like they’re brand new.” (more…)