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Awards & Accolades

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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Z06 Corvette Named to Automobile All-Stars List

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2006

2007 Z06 CorvetteAutomobile Magazine gives us an end of the year treat with their 2007 Automobile Magazine All-Stars List. For the second consecutive year, the Z06 Corvette has been named an All-Star. Each All-Star (10 total) have a one-page review and this particular Z06 reviews is one of the more fun to read. Here is just a sample:

To exploit all this speed and agility, bring your best driving skills. Those inclined to flick off the Active Handling system do so at the risk of seat stains and Corvette-shaped guardrail dents.
The snappy writing is just the beginning. Automobile Magazine also included a multimedia gallery for each of the cars. There is an image gallery where you can download Z06 desktop wallpapers. You can hear an audio file of the Z06 as the driver shifts through the first three gears. Lastly, there is a video file of a LeMans Blue Z06 Corvette doing some burnouts on Route 66. Source:
Automobile All-Stars
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Corvette Makes Car And Driver 10 Best Cars List

by Keith Cornett on December 3, 2006

2007 Z06 CorvetteCar and Driver once again solicited cars from manufacturers for an intense week of evaluating and testing for their annual 10 Best List. Their criteria is fairly straightforward and can be broken down with three words: expectations, assumptions and surprises. And the three rules for judging? A base price no higher than $71,000. The car must be on-sale no later than January of 2007 and the manufacturer must submit a model for Car and Driver’s staff to evaluate. The Chevrolet Corvette made the Car and Driver 2007 Top 10 Best Cars list. The review includes the usual chest pumping that are the hallmarks of any Corvette review: Chevy’s pushrod driven V8 engine extracts copious power while composite body panels keep the car light. But the money quote is the summary:

This combination of heritage and sophistication gives the Corvette a uniquely American blend of performance, swagger, and everyday livability — characteristics that are all amplified in the 505-hp Z06 version. And in one final bow to tradition, the Corvette delivers this virtue at a price vastly lower than any of its competitors.
Interestingly, each car that made the 10 Best List had the EPA City Mileage number posted, but not the highway. I love telling people how Corvette can get upwards of 28-30 MPG on the highway. You can view the entire list at Car and Driver Source: Car and Driver via Autoblog.com
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Corvette Wins AutoWeek Readers Choice Award

by Keith Cornett on November 7, 2006

2007 Z06 CorvetteIt seems fitting to post this story on the day America goes to the polls. Claiming to have one of most knowledgeable subscriber bases in the crowded automotive magazine category, and backing up that claim with a study by J.D.Power and Associates, AutoWeek Magazine’s readers know their cars and trucks. Since the average AutoWeek subscriber owns 6.6 cars, you know they’ve got a lot to say on the subject of ranking their favorite cars, trucks and SUV’s. So AutoWeek asked their subscribers as well as those that visited AutoWeek.com for their favorites. After 6 weeks of voting, the results have been tallied and no recount is expected nor needed. The people have spoken: The Best Sports Car – Chevrolet Corvette:

There is nothing more evocative of enthusiast lust than a sports car. It is central to our existence. Without it, there is no mantra, no focus. A sports car represents liberation but also membership in a fraternity of passion. A sports car is life, and for the majority of us, life begins with the Chevrolet Corvette.
Other cars and trucks winning their categories are: Best Exotic — Bugatti Veyron
Best Luxury Car — Audi A8L
Best Coupe/Convertible — BMW 6 Series
Best Sedan — BMW 3 Series
Best People Mover/SUV — Honda Odyssey
Best Truck — Ford F-Series
Best Economy Car — Audi A3
Best First New Car — Honda Civic Source: AutoWeek.com
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Consumers Digest Names Corvette Best Buy

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2006

2007 CorvetteConsumers Digest Magazine reviewed 253 different automotive models of the 2007 model year and 32 received a Best Buy Rating. The Best Buys are based on behind-the-wheel testing, safety ratings, ownership costs, warranty, price, comfort, ergonomics, styling and amenities that reflect Consumer Digest’s assessment of which 2007 vehicles offer the most value for the money. The Corvette was named a Best Buy in the Sporty Category. Five others joined the Corvette in this category: Ford Mustang, Mazda6, MINI Cooper, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Rich Dzierwa, Consumers Digest editor, says that for the first time in years, the number of manufacturers represented reached 20. For the second year in a row, American nameplates (18) exceeded Japanese models (14). After receiving their first two Best Buys last year, Korean nameplates were recognized four times this year. Also for the first time in years, Honda’s Accord was not rated a Best Buy. Eight vehicles, however, have been CD Best Buys for 5 years running: Chevrolet Tahoe, Dodge Caravan, GMC Yukon, Honda Civic, Honda Odyssey, MINI Cooper, Toyota Avalon and Toyota Camry. Source: TheAutoChannel.com
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