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Another 75 workers at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be laid off as GM continues to slow production of its iconic sports car amid the current economic slowdown. To deal with slower demand, plant officials are also cutting back hourly production from 11 to 8 Corvettes. Last year, the plant employed 1,100 works and produced Corvettes at a clip of 18.5 cars per hour. It’s been a tough year for the Corvette plant. In addition to the slowdowns and layoffs, temporary shutdowns have closed plant for a total of 26 weeks.


Source:
Bowling Green Daily News

 

This Wixom walk-through video was released in late November on Chevrolet’s YouTube channel. Master Engine Builder Don Henley takes us through the various stages and quality checks as a 638-hp LS9 is assembled. For us, the real magic comes when we see the interaction these builders have with Corvette owners.

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November 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2009

November 2009 Corvette Sales

GM released the figures yesterday for November 2009: 952 Corvettes were delivered in the month, a decline of over 200 units from October 2009′s 1,154. Year to year, Corvette sales are down 12% from the 1,093 deliveries in November 2008. For the calendar year (Jan-Nov 09) 12,901 Corvettes were sold compared with 25,647 sold over the same time period in 2008. That’s a decline of 49.7%.

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October 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 3, 2009

October 2009 Corvette Sales

GM released the October sales report today that shows 1,154 Corvettes were delivered last month. This is a decrease of 27% over September’s 1,585 deliveries and 1.4% off October 2008′s sales of 1,170. For the calendar year (January-October) 11,949 Corvettes have been delivered, a decreased of 51.3% from the 24,554 Corvettes sold over the same time period in 2008.

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Accessorized Corvette Grand Sport with Heritage Package

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the return of the Corvette Grand Sport model. It’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.

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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!


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Chevrolet Website Now Featuring 2010 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on October 15, 2009

Chevrolet Website Now Featuring 2010 Corvettes

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.

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Edmund’s Inside Line Belittles the Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 15, 2009

Chevrolet Website Now Featuring 2010 Corvettes

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.
His isn’t.
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.


Source:
Straightline

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A Corvette is the Only Car to be Returned Under GM's 60-Day Return Policy

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.”


Source:
Autoweek.com

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CorvetteBlogger Interviewed By VetteBlock.com

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2009

Corvette Z06 C6.R Tribute

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!