Corvette faithful are hoping they can put stock in what General Motors CEO and Chairman Dan Akerson is saying about the C7 Corvette, due to be unveiled on Sunday night.
“It’s going to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made,” he gushed to the media on Wednesday. “It’s a real statement about the new GM, today’s GM, and it’s a statement about Chevrolet and our prospects.”
That’s a pretty bold statement from Akerson considering the previous six generations of the Corvette have been pretty significant from a design and performance standpoint.
The cover will finally be lifted from the much-anticipated Corvette this weekend during a special event (and 140 enthusiasts lucky enough to buy a ticket through the National Corvette Museum) at a site not being made public to hold down crowds.
The general public will get a chance to see the car in person at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit at the Cobo Center, beginning Jan. 19 and going through Jan. 27.
While more than 50 worldwide and North American unveilings from many manufacturers are expected during the show, Akerson believes Corvette – and GM – will steal the show.
“What you’ll see is a GM that is projecting with some confidence, and some vigor, that ’13, ’14 (short of some sort of unknowns that occur) will be good years for us,” he said.
He’s confident that the public will like what they see this month with the debuts of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups, as well as the 2014 Cadillac ELR, which takes the Chevy Volt’s electric technology to luxurious levels.
Cadillac doesn’t expect to sell a lot of the ELRs, but Akerson believes the car will bring people into showrooms to see what he says is the strongest Cadillac portfolio “seen in decades.”
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