Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the return of the Corvette Grand Sport model. Itâ€™s a track-oriented Corvette with wider wheels and tires, special suspension tuning and unique exterior details. The Corvette Grand Sport achieves a 0-60 time of less than four seconds, pulls 1.0 g on the skid pad and still boasts an EPA-rated highway fuel economy 26 mpg. GM is now at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas where they announced a slew of cool accessories for the new Grand Sport.
The General has put out a video showing what Chevrolet has in store for the SEMA show which kicks off next week. While the video is heavily devoted to gratuitous shots of the new Camaro outfitted in Synergy Green, we do see the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport teased. Stay tuned for more SEMA coverage next week!
Since the release of the dedicated Corvette Grand Sport page last month, I’ve been hitting the regular Corvette website to see the changeover from the 2009 model to the 2010 model information. Well, that switch has just happened within the last few days because Chevrolet is now displaying the 2010 Corvette at www.corvette.com.
Earlier this week, a writer named “The Mechanic” at Edmund’s Inside Line blog posted a bogus story entitled “Please GM, Fix the Corvette”. It’s an opinion piece with no facts, just outlandish statements. Bloggers call this technique “linkbait”: an inflammatory article designed for nothing more increasing page views. Example 1: In the first paragraph, “The Mechanic” says this article isn’t an attack on Corvette owners and then in the second paragraph, the author attacks Corvette owners as barrel-chested baldys and strippers named Bambi. See what I mean? Normally, I don’t give these kinds of articles attention, but I must after reading a comment responding to the post from a new 2009 Corvette owner.
First, some more examples of what Edmunds thinks is a newsworthy automotive feature:
This column is not about them (Corvette Owners). It’s about the Corvette itself, which sucks.
Chevy has blown it by allowing the Corvette’s price and performance to get out of hand.
The Corvette has already been displaced as the attainable dream car for America’s youth: displaced by the Infiniti G35 Coupe and the BMW M3 (E46).
And so the Corvette is being squeezed from the bottom by cars like the Infiniti, and it can’t really compete with the upscale stuff (Porsche 911) because of its shoddy interior, questionable fit and finish and 1985 profile.
Read the rest of this dribble here.
Now, here is the comment from a new 2009 Corvette owner that sums up what really happens when you buy a Corvette:
I just bought a C6.
Thanks for applauding my patriotic act – while calling me a fat, bald guy – and my wife a stripper. Please let me know what kind of car you just bought so that I can stereotype you.
I have read Motor Trend for 30 years. My wife thinks its stupid.
After I read this blog – I tend to agree now.
I can afford any car made.
Read that as ANY car made now – or any collector car in existence.
I have taste, class, a beautiful wife and no gold chains or grey hair.
My buddy got a $136,000 Audi R8 – and I got a $60,000 Corvette.
We both wrote checks.
His Audi is Daytona Grey Pearl and my Vette is Cyber Grey.
When we park them side by side at a restaurant – his gets interest, but:
Mine gets awe.
Mine is the one people want to buy.
Mine is the one they have always wanted.
Mine is the one that they can possibly afford.
Mine has a heritage.
Mine has history that means something to them.
Mine is a Corvette.
That is what a Corvette is about – just as much as how it drives.
Any person who thinks – for one second – that America’s youth does not want a Corvette is smoking way too much crack. I have been to Infiniti and BMW dealers with my 15 year old son. His eyes glaze over. I mean he literally cannot wait to leave their showrooms of shiny little sedans from far away lands. To him, they are like gay little trinkets for girls.
I took him to see Corvettes and the change in him was remarkable. He instantly wanted one. Isn’t that what you want to happen, Chevy Product Managers?
To wrap up, I have never responded to a blog or article in my life.
But, this is the gayest article I have ever read.
In fact, one could say it sucks.
GM: Please keep making the C6 better – then – please – bring us a C7 that those of us in the correct demographic can afford.
Thanks 2009c6owner for telling the rest of the world why people really buy Corvettes. The only real poser in this article is “The Mechanic” who is masquerading as a journalist.
According to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, just one car – a Chevrolet Corvette – is the only “authenticated” return under the automaker’s 60-day return policy. Lutz was speaking at a luncheon event in Detroit with journalists and recounted the reason for the return as the customer was tired of shifting a manual gearbox. GM exchanged the Corvette for one with an automatic transmission. Lutz said “He brought it back because me made a mistake.”
Of the roughly 150,000 sales GM has made since launching the “May the Best Car Win” program, only around 100 customers have taken GM up on the offer. Others have taken the conventional incentives offered at the time of the sale.
The money-back guarantee is just one of the ways that shows GM has become more aggressive in its advertising message. “We can stand the comparison with just about anybody,” Lutz said, while pointing out an advertisement that shows Chevrolets registering better fuel-economy figures than counterparts at Toyota. “[But] we need to close this perceptual gap.â€
Scott Cole from VetteBlock.com sent me a list of questions yesterday for an interview that was just published on the Corvette social networking site. Check it out!
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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.
There’s no doubt the Cash For Clunkers program was successful for both buyers and dealers during the month and half the program was open. And I’m sure you all remember the video of the black C4 Corvette getting the sodium silicate treatment and dying a slow death. Now thanks to the final reporting going on, we learn that nearly 250 Corvettes – all C4′s – met a similar fate.
During the program’s run, 690,114 total vehicles were turned in. Digging through the list provided by Jalopnik we learned that 243 Corvettes were sacrificed for the $4,000 clunker bounty. While Corvettes only accounted for 0.03% of all clunker trade ins, what’s interesting is 100% of the Corvettes traded in were all C4s.
So we took a look at our Corvette Price Guide to see if the value of a C4 Corvette was more or less than the $4,000 trade-in value offered by the Government. Our values assume that the Corvette were in running condition and we selected the lowest value recorded for that model year as the comparison.
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Many of the cars (Corvettes included) were probably in bad shape when traded. Lord knows we have seen our share of ragged out Corvettes. From the comments on the youtube video of the C4 Corvette that was destroyed, we read the car had a bad transmission, trashed interior, bad tires and a broken top so the cost to fix these items would have exceeded the Corvette’s value.
Knowing that these Corvettes will simply be crushed and discard as opposed to being parted out and recycled is the biggest shame of the Clunkers program.
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