Following the invite-only reveal last Sunday night, we attended Corvette’s public Press Conference debut the following morning at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. After some remarks by GM’s Mary Barra, the new Stingray rolled out onto the soaring Corvette display and parked in between some of its older siblings. The elder Corvettes all wore varying shades of white while the newborn chose the more raucous shade of Torch Red.
Hundreds of journalists crammed into the Chevrolet display while GM North America President Mark Reuss and Design Chief Ed Welburn joined Barra in speaking about the new C7. After a few more short remarks they turned the stage over to the swarming media and their eager eyes and cameras.
Joining the Stingray on the curved stage were Corvettes representing each of the previous 6 generations. The white Corvettes included a first year 1953, a 1966 427 coupe, a rare 1972 LT-1 convertible with air conditioning, a 1986 pace car, a C5 Z06, and a base 2013 coupe. The older cars seemed to attract almost as much attention as the one did. The high wall behind the 7 Corvettes featured a scale model of the new interior, the 2014 color palate, and a C7 attached vertically to said wall with, presumably, very sticky tires. A massive Chevy Bowtie with an integrated video display was front and center in the display.
Over the course of the day we were able to speak with several Corvette team members including Tadge Jeuchter, Harlan Charles, Dave Tatman, John Fitzpatrick, Ryan Vaughn, Kirk Bennion, and others. Keep an eye out on CorvetteBlogger.com for those interviews as they become available.
Below are some of our photos from the 2014 Corvette Stingray Press Conference at the NAIAS.