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National Corvette Museum Unveils One-of-a-Kind Driving Simulator

Visitors to the National Corvette Museum can participate in a new, first-in-the-nation, driving simulator that is open to the general public who visit the museum. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined NCM’s Executive Director Wendell Strode, GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell and a who’s who of Bowling Green dignitaries to have the official ribbon cutting for the driving simulator.

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March 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on April 1, 2010

March 2010 Corvette Sales

GM reported March sales of America’s sports car set its best mark in three months with 955 Corvettes delivered. That mark is 331 more than February and 101 more than January. We’re glad to see the figure moving upwards but calendar year to date sales (Jan-Mar) are still -20% down from the same time period a year ago.

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Grand Sport Corvette Is a Hit Says Plant Manager; NCM Raffles Meet Demand

How well are sales going for the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport? “Over half of the coupes and three-quarters of the Convertibles are being ordered as Grand Sports” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Marketing Manager for GM. National Corvette Museum Board Member and Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell said the Grand Sport has become the “most popular model of Corvette and overall Corvette sales are up this year.” As a result the Grand Sport will be featured by the National Corvette Museum as their fund raising raffles says Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “We thought we’d follow the trend and offer more of what customers are wanting.”

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CorvetteBlogger caught up with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and asked him a variety of questions with topics ranging from the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, going global for the design of the C7 Corvette and if the new Camaro is hurting Corvette sales.


Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette Presentation at Sebring Featuring Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles
[VIDEO] The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition Public Reveal

 

GM Sues Mongoose Motorsports to Protect Grand Sport Corvette Trademark

General Motors has filed a lawsuit in US District Court against Ohio-based Mongoose Motorsports LLC for producing replicas of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. GM has recently licensed the rights to Duntov Motor Co, who with Superformance, have started offering authentic Grand Sport reproductions for both track and street.

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Corvette Presentation at Sebring Featuring Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles

Corvette Chief Engineer and VLE Performance Vehicles Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles spoke Saturday morning to Corvette enthusiasts in the Corvette Corral tent at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring. In this two-part video, they covered topics including the transfer of technology that goes hand in hand with racing and production and again they discussed the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.

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Members of GM’s Corvette team were at the 12 Hours of Sebring on Friday, March 19, 2010 to unveil the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. This new Corvette for 2011 features the Z07 package which includes the Corvette ZR1′s Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, front splitter, 19/20″ black wheels with Michelin PS2s, rear ZR1-style spoiler plus a custom suede interior.

We also learned some other new features for the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon not covered in the press release: A new tuned exhaust system, custom VIN and the ability to choose between different steering settings.

UPDATE:
New VIDEO Walk Around the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition
[PICS] First Look: The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition


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Introducing the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition
Chevy to Unveil Mystery Corvette Z06 at Sebring’s Corvette Corral

 

GM Seeks Global Designs for C7 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 9, 2010

GM Seeks Global Designs for C7 Corvette

Automotive News reported that 10 GM studios across the globe have submitted designs for the next generation Corvette. GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn says of the designs submitted, some “were absolutely phenomenal”. Welburn suggests the global initiative is part of an effort by GM to create a C7 that appeals to both buyers in Europe, where Corvette sales has gotten little traction, and to a younger US buyers, who tend to favor imports.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Tour Delivery Options

by Keith Cornett on March 8, 2010

Thousands of people each year come to the Chevrolet Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky & the nearby Corvette National Museum to get an inside look at the great American sports car.

Corvette owners can actually watch their vehicle in the process of being built and document its progress as it moves along the line. In many cases, the new owner can actually be the very first person to start it up!

Corvettes = Pride. From the company to the assembly workers to the owners taking delivery. This is where quality starts.


Source:
Chevrolet’s YouTube Channel

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Launches 2010 Season Video Series
[VIDEO] Corvette Engine Building Video Shows Owner/Builder Interaction

 

Mystery Corvette Z06 to Appear at Sebring's Corvette Corral
Photo Credit: photo-by-me on Flickr

The Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring is huge in the world of sport car racing and GM has used the event in recent years to leverage the media and enthusiasts gathered in Central Florida to showcase new products. Just last year we witnessed the public debuts of both the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Editions.

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