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Awards & Accolades

Two Corvettes Make Edmunds 2007 Most Wanted List

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2007

Readers of 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 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:

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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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:
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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
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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 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
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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:
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