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The 2008 Corvette Z06Kelly Blue Book has released their list of 2008 model year vehicles with the best resale value and Corvette was front and center. What’s interesting about this year’s list is the inclusion of the Corvette Z06 in the newly created High Performance category. Last year’s survey omitted that category, but still said this about the 2007 Corvette Z06:

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards exclude expensive, high-performance, low-volume vehicles, because of the program’s emphasis on serving the typical consumer. The No. 1 vehicle would have been the 2007 Corvette ZO6, holding the greatest percentage of its original value after a five-year ownership period.
This is what Kelley Blue Book says about the 2008 Corvette Z06 in this year’s survey:
Replace the standard Corvette’s 430-horsepower V8 with a 505-horsepower V8—an engine hand-assembled by a single technician—and you’ve got what many consider the best of the best in American sports cars. The added power is managed by a reworked suspension that delivers improved handling with very little sacrifice in highway ride comfort.
In addition to the Corvette Z06 holding the best resale title in the High Performance Category, Chevrolet’s Corvette also got the nod in the top 10 list for 2008 vehicles with the Best Resale Value.
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Corvette Rated a Top 10 American Invention

by Keith Cornett on July 19, 2007

Corvette - A Top 10 All-American InventionYou know it, we know it and now the readers of AskMen.com know it. When putting together their list of the Top 10 American Inventions, the first uniquely American Sports Car made the cut. The Top 10 list is made up of what the editors call American inventions that impacted the culture so much so that they’ve become synonymous with the character of the nation. I’ll buy into that premise. Besides, where else could I combine three of my favorite all-American inventions: The Corvette (#10), Bourbon Whiskey (#9) and the Colt .45 (#8). Whoo Hoo!!! About the inclusion of the Corvette at number 10, AskMen.com says:

The sports car brings to mind many things, such as speed, freedom, sex, and the open road. And since the first Corvette rolled out of the Chevrolet factory in 1953, it has been all of those things and more to generations of Americans. It’s the great American sports car for everyone, from teenage boys dreaming about one day owning one to middle-aged men who make their teenage dreams come true and finally have the privilege of storing one in their garage. The Corvette is the first sports car built by an American car manufacturer. After six generations, it’s been made into coupes, hatchbacks, and convertibles, and branded as roadsters, Grand Sports, Sting Rays, Z06s, and more. The Corvette found a place in pop music when Prince released “Little Red Corvette” in 1983, and in 2001 Chevrolet responded, sort of. Specifically, they featured a red 1963 Corvette Sting Ray on a number of billboards with the caption, They don’t write songs about Volvos.
Visit AskMen.com to see the entire Top 10 List of All-American Inventions
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2007 Corvette ConvertibleStrategic Vision’s 2007 Total Quality Awards have been announced and the 2007 Corvette Convertible won the “Convertibles Over $30,000″ segment. Not only did the Corvette handily beat the competition in its class with the highest Total Quality Index (TQI) score of 930, the mark that measures new vehicle owner satisfaction, it was second in the entire survey only to the Mercedes Benz S-Class which won the Luxury Car class with a TQI score of 938. What’s interesting about this survey is the number of new cars that weren’t included in the results. Strategic Vision claims this is because the sample size of respondents for a specific model was not sufficient enough to be included in the initial public announcement of awards, but may be included in later announcements. Does this mean that other winners may surface later in the year? The competition in the “Convertibles Over $30,000″ segment had an average score of 930, but the closest competitor to the Corvette convertible was the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster which came in 2nd with a TQI score of 896. The Volvo C70 was third with a score of 886 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet rounded out fourth with an 885 TQI score. GM had one other car winning a class in the survey. The Saturn Aura scored an 892 to put it on top of the Medium Car Segment. BTW, for those of you counting, that’s two more Class Wins than Toyota had. Click here to see all the cars and trucks that made up Strategic Vision’s 2007 Total Quality Awards.
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1963 Split Window Coupe CorvetteTop Gear Magazine has a list of what they consider The Top 100 Sexiest Cars. Three Corvettes made their list, but you’ve got to consider that since this is a British magazine, their definition of sexy is, well, cheeky at best. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of thought given to how the cars are ordered. For example, all the Lambo’s or Ferrari’s seem to be grouped together. And right in the middle of the list there are a group of race cars. As for the Corvettes, there are some glaring omissions on the list, but again, as this is Top Gear, which comes with a dose of bias against all cars American, we’re glad that at least three cars made the list. Number 74 was simply listed as a “Seventies” Corvette. (The picture is that of a 1973 Coupe). But they do include a 1963 Split Window Coupe at Number 89 and Corvette Racing’s C6.R at Number 71 so we’ll give them a pass. Favorite Quote:
1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray. If this is the American dream, we want more time in bed…
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Two Corvettes Make Edmunds 2007 Most Wanted List

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2007

Readers of Edmunds.com were surveyed on their choices for Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007 and Corvette made the list, twice. Coupes under $60,000: The Chevrolet Corvette:
Like a Saddam Hussein election, the Chevrolet Corvette won its category last year with 100 percent of the vote — there were no other entrants. A reorganizing of categories assured a more spirited contest for 2007, but the Chevrolet Corvette still ran away from the pack with a dominating 46 percent. Clearly, its combination of visceral high-speed thrills, all-American heritage and value pricing did not go unnoticed by consumers. The Porsche Cayman was a distant 2nd with 21 percent, while the all-new, redesigned BMW 3 Series coupe pulled in 18 percent. The sprightly Lotus Elise and luxurious Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class both elicited 5 percent. The BMW Z4 and M coupes came in with 4 percent. Convertibles under $60,000: The Chevrolet Corvette:
Value may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you consider the 400-hp Chevrolet Corvette, but that’s exactly what this classic roadster promises to bring to your garage. Chevy’s singular drop top offers iconic good looks and world-class performance, all for a surprisingly affordable price. It’s little wonder, then, that the Corvette was miles ahead of the competition in this race, with a staggering 50 percent of the vote. Porsche’s graceful Boxster was a mere silhouette on the horizon with a distant 2nd-place finish with 20 percent, and it was followed closely by the redesigned BMW 3 Series, now a hardtop convertible at 17 percent. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (9 percent) and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (5 percent) brought up the rear. Visit Edmunds.com to see the all the category winners.
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Corvette Wins Even The Most Dubious Awards

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

As the saying goes, “When you’re hot, you’re hot”. Corvette is so hot right now, its racking up awards for categories that seem to come straight from a David Letterman Top 10 list. With the two latest wins for Corvette, we’re just wondering “who in their right mind is making this stuff up?” In the end we became inspired to hand out our own award for the most bogus use of Corvette as a prop. We planned to call it the Delaminated Roof Award but instead just refer to them as the Roofies. Our first Roofie goes out to a deodorant giant. A survey of 1,000 men over the age of 18 was sponsored by Right Guard, the deodorant brand that according to their press release is “legendary among U.S. males”. One of the questions was “Cars So Hot They Make You Sweat!” The results:

Corvette25%
Porsche 91122%
Aston Martin17%
BMW Z413%
Bentley Continental GTC7%
None of the above10%
Don’t know5%
Five percent of the sample, fifty people, actually said “Don’t know”. I can see someone answering “None of the Above”, but saying don’t know even after being prompted for the answers… The winner of our second Roofie award goes to Forbes Autos. In their pictorial essay entitled “In Pictures: Sexiest Luxury Cars“, Forbes Autos labels the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible as the “Sexiest Car for Newly Divorced Dads”. I’m not parsing words, but they said Dads, not Men:
Prince sung about it. Diddy has said the way to meet women is to put on a white T-shirt and drive around in one. The Corvette convertible is just the dose of self-esteem a newly divorced dad needs. And with its 400-horsepower, V-8 engine, it’s still one of the most fun cars to drive.
Corvette owners are still trying to shed the gold chain wearing, mid-life crises stereotype and along comes Forbes Autos putting it all into perspective for us. The Dad, you see, lacks self-esteem because SHE left him, hence he goes out and gets a Corvette to offset his little dick low self-esteem. In the end its all good because if Dad can still afford a $50K Corvette convertible, he obviously got the better end of the deal.
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Corvette Takes Top Spot in Owner-Satisfaction Survey

by Keith Cornett on March 7, 2007

Consumer Reports has just wrapped up what they are calling their biggest owner-satisfaction survey ever, and the Chevrolet Corvette won the top spot in the Sports Cars/Sporty Cars category, and was number 2 overall. The Corvette’s 89% was second overall only to the Toyota Prius’ 92%. The number represents the percentage of survey respondents who said they would definitely get their car again. The survey is part of the Consumer Reports annual automotive issue that has taken some flak from many online automotive sites and their readers for their testing procedures that tend to favor Japanese brands over domestics and European models. The only other GM Brands to make the Best Model list include the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs which both scored 82%, and the Buick Lucerne which scored an 80%. Visit Consumer Reports to read the entire list of Best and Worst Models
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Z06 Corvette Wins Car and Driver Shootout

by Keith Cornett on February 15, 2007

Car and Driver drives the 2007 Corvette Z06Car and Driver magazine had themselves a shootout down in Southern California comparing a 2007 Corvette Z06 vs. the 2007 Lotus Exige S and a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3. As the headline suggests, the Z06 was the clear winner not only on the track, but as the best daily driver of the three. Several of the tech editors had driven the 2006 Z06 last year and were a bit “unnerved by at-the-limit high-speed twitchiness” and tricky handling. The 2007 Corvette Z06 left the editors so surprised at how well it handled on the track this time compared to their previous test that they contacted Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter who told them that shock-damping rates has been dialed in to make the car less jumpy when pushing it to the limit. “Bottom line” says Juechter, “The car has gotten better”.

But the Corvette Z06 ain’t just any old Corvette. It has a 428-cubic-inch small-block LS7 V-8 engine with titanium connecting rods and inlet valves, a dry-sump lubrication system, and an induction manifold so large you could pass a basketball through the engine. Okay, not quite, but it’s pretty big. The Vette redlines at 7000 rpm, where it is making a noise like Godzilla’s jackhammer and thrusting the car and its occupants along with the vehemence of a Category Five hurricane.
Notable highs for the Car and Driver Z06 include the “Flexible and powerful engine, good comfort and convenience” as well as the “stellar track conduct”. Lows point out the same-ole-same-ole complaints of the subpar seats and interior as well as “that gold-chain rep”. However, their final verdict sums it all up: “You can’t buy this much performance anywhere else for the price”. Visit Car and Driver for the entire lowdown and make sure you see the extras: The video and audio galleries and the individual car’s test sheets are available for viewing.
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Vincentric Names Corvette Best Value in America

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2007

Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Their eight cost factors measure depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs, and then applies a statistical model against evaluated vehicles in all 50 states. The company identified the Best Value in America by measuring which vehicles have a lower than expected ownership cost given their market segment and price. The outcome? Corvette was recognized in two categories as part of Vincentric’s 2007 Best Value in America Awards: Convertible, over $29,000 and Sports Car, over $41,000. General Motors truck line did extremely well, winning four of the eight Pickup categories with their Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra lineup. The Saturn Vue Greenline also made the list as a category winner for Crossovers, under $29,000.
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Corvette Wins Polk Award for Owner Loyalty

by Keith Cornett on January 17, 2007

2006 Corvette CoupeR.L. Polk and Co, the automotive industry’s guru for consumer loyalty information named the 2006 Corvette as the Premier Sports Car with the highest owner loyalty. Loyalty is determined when a household that owns a new vehicle purchases or leases another new vehicle of the same model or make. General Motors won the Overall Manufacturer award for the seventh consecutive year. Other GM cars to win their categories included the Chevrolet Impala and Tahoe, and the Saturn ION and Vue. For the 2006 model year, Corvette’s loyalty ranking was 27.0 where the average loyalty percentage for the Premier Sports Car category was 19.8.
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