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September 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on October 2, 2009

Good news regarding Corvette sales! GM reports that 1,585 Corvettes were sold in the month of September which was an increase of 88% from August 2009′s 746 sales. We attribute both the end of the automotive buying frenzy created by the Cash for Clunkers program and the availability of the 2010 Corvette as major contributors to the sales increase.

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Chevy Launches Webpage Dedicated 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

Like it did with last year’s launch of the 2009 Corvette ZR1, Chevy has set up a dedicated webpage to the newest Corvette model, the 2010 Grand Sport. The site contains eight photos and a description of the Grand Sport. There is also a link for downloading a PDF brochure of all 2010 Corvette models.

Checking the regular Corvette website, we see that it still contains information relating to the 2009 models. Historically, the main Corvette website site keeps the previous model year online even as the factory is producing the new models. We speculate that this is to help sell as much remaining 2009 inventory as possible before introducing visitors to the 2010 model information.

The 12-page PDF brochure is very nicely produced and contains information and photos on all 4 Corvette models: Base Coupe & Convertible, Grand Sport, Z06 and the ZR1.

You can find 2010 Corvettes arriving now to dealers. In fact, we heard from Kerbeck Corvette that they now have over 60 new 2010 Corvettes in stock. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or seeing what they have on the lot now, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


Related:
Official 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Released
Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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Graph Shows Small-Block Power on Corvette Through the Years

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2009

Small-Block Power on Corvette Through the Years

“Over 50 years of small-block dominance correlates very closely with the successful run of America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette.”

The graph illustrates Corvette power from 1955-2006. Since then, GM has added two more small-blocks for Corvette to the list:

  • 6.2L LS3 … 430 @ 5900
  • 6.2L LS9 … 638 @ 6500

Hi-Res Version

 

2010 Corvette Grand Sport LS3 Dry Sump Oil System Explained

The Dry Sump Lubrication System has been around now for several years as a standard option on the Corvette Z06 and the ZR1. But the with release of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, its the first that the system has been installed on the base LS3 engine. GM Assistant Chief Engineer for Small-Block Passenger Car Engines John Rydzweski gives us a tour of LS3′s dry sump system and we learn some interesting tidbits including where these engines are assembled.

As we’ve discussed previously, the Corvette Grand Sport program replaces the popular Z51 Performance package. With the manual Coupe version, Chevy takes the performance of the LS3 to a new level with the addition of the dry sump oil lubrication system. The system minimizes oil starvation during hard cornering.

A little know fact is that these dry-sump LS3 engines are assembled by hand alongside the LS7 and LS9 engines at the Performance Build Center at Wixom. Just like the Z06 and ZR1 power plants, these engines contain a badge with the builder’s name. They also go through the same quality tests before being shipped to Bowling Green.

Want an LS3 with the dry sump package? You’ll only find it on the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe equipped with a manual 6-speed transmission.


Source:
Vette Tube
Street Legal TV

Related:
[VIDEO] Chevrolet Releases 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Videos
[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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Corvette Assembly Plant Planning Additional Down Time

by Keith Cornett on September 8, 2009

The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green is planning additional furloughs for workers in the coming weeks. The plant will be idled during the weeks of 9/28-10/05 and 10/12-10/19.

I wrote last week how August Corvette sales were at the lowest levels since the start of the automotive recession. Let’s hope these additional downtimes are preventative and designed to keep inventories low and not indicative of 2010 model year sales.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

August 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2009

Corvette sales have sunk to their lowest point since the beginning of the automotive recession which started the second half of 2008. In August, GM delivered 746 Corvettes, down from 966 in July and -82% off the 4,242 Corvettes delivered in the same time period a year ago. For the calendar year (Jan-Aug) there have been 9,210 Corvettes delivered, a decline of -56.3% from 2008 sales of 21,066.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Assembly Workers Back On the Job

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2009

FOX41-TV talks with Corvette Assembly Plant workers in Bowling Green about the recent furloughs and what its like to be back at work building America’s Sports Car. In the background, you’ll see a Torch Red Corvette and the new Grand Sport being assembled while the reporter talks with employees.

 

Chevrolet Releases 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Videos

Last Friday you may have seen a slew of online coverage from the auto blogs and magazines detailing “First Drive” reviews of the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. In addition to the third party reviews, the Corvette team has also made a smart move by producing a couple of online videos introducing the newest Corvette model as well as demonstrating Launch Control, the newest feature available on all Corvette models with manual transmissions.

Here are the two videos uploaded to Chevrolet’s YouTube account:

 

By releasing their own videos, the Corvette Team is assured that the introduction of the new Corvette and its (awesome) launch control feature could be shown in the way they wanted. The videos also broaden the audience by providing content to other web sites (ie CorvetteBlogger) that weren’t invited to the media test-drive, but would have been there had they been asked.

It also follows the promise of new GM Communications guru “Maximum” Bob Lutz to fully engage social media platforms to get the company’s message and their products past the traditional media gatekeepers and straight into the hands of the end consumer.


Source:
YouTube.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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Paul Graham at the Corvette Museum's C5/C6 Bash

Paul Graham’s tenure at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green was short lived as the announcement from the Corvette Museum via Twitter this morning says Graham will be taking over the Texas-based Arlington SUV Assembly Plant on October 1. Replacing Graham as the Corvette Plant’s General Manager will be Bob Parcell, most recently the President of CAMI Automotive, a joint venture automotive assembly plant GM shared with Suzuki in Ontario.

Prior to Graham’s appointment in Bowling Green, he spent most of his nearly 30 years at GM within the various truck and SUV divisions. GM’s Arlington Plant produces a variety of full-size sport utility vehicles including the GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Cadillac Escalade.

Bob Parcell has also has experience with GM’s trucks and SUV line as President of CAMI Automotive. In a 2005 Harbor Report, CAMI was ranked #3 in truck assembly in the Small SUV category of the 45 auto assembly plants in North America. As a joint venture with Suzuki, the CAMI plant turned out the smaller class of sport utilities including the Chevrolet Tracker, the Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Swift, Suzuki Sidekick, the Geo Metro, and Chevrolet Equinox.

It will be interesting to see what kind of announcement GM will make regarding the move. We still have yet to hear anything from the automaker officially naming Gene Stefanyshyn the VLE in charge of Corvette following Tom Wallace’s departure last fall.


Source:
Corvette Museum via Corvette Examiner

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette Production Schedule with Plant Mgr Paul Graham
GM’s Silence on Corvette’s Management Change is Deafening

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C7 Corvette Rendering

In a move to shore up public confidence following its stint in bankruptcy court, General Motors on Tuesday unveiled its 2-year product plan for the four core brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GM. Included in the Chevrolet news is that production of the C7 Corvette will start in April 2012 for the 2013 model year. GM also added that the Corvette will maintain the front-engine layout that has defined the sports car for 57 years.

This is great news as earlier estimates had pushed back the C7 through 2014. This also means that the Corvette Team will now have the resources and the corporate edict to move full speed ahead on a new design that could see changes to America’s sports car that include a smaller, lighter body, greater use of advanced weight-saving materials like carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium and perhaps a smaller engine but one that will still provide the power-to-weight ratio that Corvette owners have become accustomed to. Superchargers for everyone?

At the Birthday Bash earlier this year, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter reassured the enthusiast gathering that the team is always thinking about the next generation Corvette and how to make it better. Now that the mid-engine layout has once again been tossed aside, Tadge’s engineering team will have essentially just a couple of years to make these engineering decisions and test them in mules which we could see as early as 2011.

As for the actual design of the car, prior this summer we believed the new C7 will again be more of a transition of the C6 body style. However, the public and Corvette enthusiasts were immediately smitten with the Transformer’s Corvette Stingray Concept introduced earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show. Perhaps the design team will see that owners would accept more of a radical departure from the looks of the C5/C6.

Sources:
Automotive News

Related:
Motor Authority’s Next Generation C7 Corvette Rendering
Lighter, Greener Corvette on the Horizon
Late Night Speculation: C7 Corvette Moving to Kappa Platform?

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