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 Corvette and Cadillac Brands Plan Return to European Showrooms

GM is cautiously looking to return Corvette and Cadillac brands back to European Showrooms following last year’s bankruptcy of its previous importer, Dutch-based Kroymans, who went belly up during the Summer of 2009. GM had its own financial issues at the time of the Kroyman bankruptcy but a GM spokesperson speaking with Das Autohaus says the automaker is currently in contract negotiations with up to 30 dealers in Germany.

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Highlights from the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee

This weekend was the 32 annual NCRS Winter Regional held at Old Town in Kissimmee, Florida. After a drenching rain Thursday evening that flooded much of the swap meet and vendor field, the sky turned blue on Friday and temperatures hovered in the mid-seventies for the rest of the weekend. As we always like to do, we have a bevy of Corvette pictures to share. If i’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. If you own a Corvette, you need to get to one of these larger shows. Hundreds of Corvettes to see, plus the vendors and used parts sellers will ensure you won’t go home empty handed.

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Storm Levels Tents at Russo & Steele Arizona Auction

by Keith Cornett on January 22, 2010

Flashbacks of the storm that hammered Corvettes at Carlisle a couple years back. Only worse. Tommorrow the real damage will be known.


Source:
azfamily.com via Sports Car Market

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A GM official told Jalopnik that they were considering letting Corvette ZR1 buyers build their own LS9 638 horsepower engine that would then be installed in their very car. This was confirmed by Tom Read from GM’s Advanced Powertrain Technology Communications who said “We are considering the program”.

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December 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2010

December 2009 Corvette Sales

Corvette sales figures for December 2009 were released today by GM. Overall, Corvette sales seem to be holding steady with 1,033 deliveries in the last month of 2009. This marks an increase from the 952 Corvettes sold in November, but is -22% off the 1,324 Corvettes sold in December 2009. For the calendar year (Jan-Dec 09) 13,934 Corvettes were delivered which is -48.3% off the 26.917 Corvettes delivered in all of 2008.

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Corvette: The 2009 Year in Review

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2009

Corvette: The 2009 Year in Review

As always, news and events surrounding the Chevrolet Corvette moved at near supersonic speeds. This year brought us two new special editions for 2009, a Corvette Grand Sport for 2010 and launch control. We also had to deal with 26 weeks of Corvette plant closings and the bankruptcy of General Motors. Corvette Racing successfully ended its GT1 program with a class win at Le Mans and the GT2 Corvette made it to the top of the podium at Mosport. Check out the complete yearly review after the jump.

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GM Issues Recall for 2005-07 Corvettes for Faulty Roof

by Keith Cornett on December 28, 2009

GM Issues Recall for 2005-07 Corvettes for Faulty Roof
Photo Credit: CorvetteImages.com

General Motors has issued a recall of 22,090 Corvettes made between 2005-2007. At issue is the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame which may cause the panel to detach from the vehicle. Dubbed the FRC (Flying Roof Club) by Corvette owners, this is the second recall regarding the early C6 removable roofs.

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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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