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GM Announces Production Dates for 2008/2009 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on February 13, 2008

GM has released to dealers the following dates regarding the end of production for 2008 Corvettes as well as the beginning of production for the 2009 model year:

The 2008 model year for Corvette will come to a close on June 20th with the sold order cut-off date set for April 25th. These dates are for all body styles: Coupe, Convertible and Z06. If you’re still looking to place an order for a 2008 Corvette, you better get moving now.

More exciting is the dates for production of the 2009 model year Corvette. For Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvettes, the startup date for production is planned for June 23rd. ZR1 Corvette production is expected to start three weeks later on July 14th.

What’s interesting about the 2009 model is how little we know about any changes in the works. We do know about two new colors: Cyber Gray and rumored new “blade” silver. We also have hints that a 2009 wheel will make its debut early on the Z44 “427″ Edition Z06. It could just be that after the mid cycle upgrades presented on the 2008 Corvette, the only changes in store for 2009 are paint and wheels.

The four models will be introduced to the Corvette public at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in April.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

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427 Corvette Z06

CorvetteConti.com is telling us a new limited edition “427″ Corvette Z06 will be unveiled Thursday by General Motors at the Chicago Auto Show. The 427 Corvette Z06 is a trim package with the following options:

  • Crystal Red Metallic (89U) Tintcoat
  • Special Dark Titanium custom leather wrapped interior trim
  • 427 logo embroidered on seat backs and floor mats
  • Hydrographic patterned center trim plate
  • Unique chrome wheels
  • Special graphics package
  • Individually signed and numbered covered armrest
  • Certificate of Authenticity

The 427 Corvette Z06 is another “signature” edition, this time featuring the penmanship of outgoing Corvette assembly plant manager Will Cooksey who retires on March 1st. GM is already set to produce 500 30th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas with Emerson Fittipaldi’s signature.

A second source claims the special chrome wheels on the 427 Corvette Z06 will be one of the wheel options on 2009 Corvettes. We’ll have more details once GM makes the announcement.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

Related:
Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500

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January 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on February 4, 2008

January in not typically one of the bigger months for sales of new Corvettes. Having said that, analysis of GM’s delivery stats from January 2008 show sales down from the previous January 2007 at nearly 10% with only 2,015 Corvettes delivered. In fact, there hasn’t been a lower number of deliveries in a month since the introduction of the C6 Corvette began in July 2005 when 1,872 Corvettes were delivered.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%


Corvette Stock Report:
A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 5,480 2008 Corvettes on the ground in the following model configurations:

  • 3,145 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,163 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,172 Corvette Z06

There are still 1,433 new 2007 Corvettes available. Sure, they don’t have the new LS3 and some of the other refinements found in the 2008 Corvette, but these 2007 models are being heavily discounted.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

Related:
December 2007 Corvette Sales

Video: The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2008

Here is some official GM footage from last night’s public debut of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. As we mentioned in yesterday’s liveblogging post Kid Rock got the room hyped up as NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon wheeled out the 6.2L Supercharged Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

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Live: Watching Corvettes at the GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’re watching the GM style party tonight live on www.GM.com. We’ll be continuously updating this post at the evening progresses. Jeff Gordon is co-hosting the event and has alluded to a special car making an appearance tonight.

UPDATE: Video of the Corvette ZR1 introduction uploaded by SlashGear.com. More photos after the jump.

2009 Corvette ZR1

2009 Corvette ZR1 with Jeff Gordon Driving

GM did this introduction right. With Kid Rock on the mic, Jeff Gordon drove the new Corvette on stage. Here is the new 2009 Corvette ZR1!!

1953 Corvette and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is the first artist to take the stage and surprise, the first car of the evening is a 1953 Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

General Motors will roll out the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 at the GM Style Party on Saturday, January 12th. The annual GM Style party includes musical performances and fashion shows featuring both clothing designs and cars. This year, Detroit’s Kid Rock. Mary J. Blige and Maroon 5 will perform at the event. In the past, Hollywood stars were paired and would walk a runway with selected GM vehicles after the curtain was lifted.

The general public will have their shot to see the supercharged 6.2L King of the Hill during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) next week.

While we are still waiting for performance estimates and the final price tag which are expected to come as we get closer to the Corvette ZR1′s launch this summer, engineers anticipate the car to achieve a top speed of 200 mph as well as a performance benchmark of 100 hp per liter or 620 horsepower total.

GM Style will be simulcast on gm.com.


Source:
General Motors

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
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I vaguely remember seeing this commercial for Chevrolet and the Corvette during Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve program and was just sober coherent enough to hit the Tivo’s record button. Seeing it now I can remember feeling the emotional tugs at the heartstrings that Chevrolet’s ad men do so well. But then again, that could have easily been the Crown Royal talking.

The commercial shows various Chevy’s and then we see a base red Corvette coupe getting put through its paces in a downtown setting. When the Corvette first comes on screen, the voice over says “We believe that passion leads to extraordinary things”. Another nice touch is having the halo car sandwiched between the Volt concept and the 2009 Camaro.

One observation I had was both the announcer and the on screen graphics at the end of the spot refer to Chevrolet at Chevy and even the web URL is Chevy.com. I do like the fact they used the sixty second format to feature all the vehicles in the Chevy stable while playing up the fuel solutions angle that we are starting to see in all their recent commercials. So while there is nothing in the spot that is ground-breaking, it is, in this former ad man’s opinion, a well done commercial.

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As I discussed in Saturday’s video blog post, there is a steering wheel on the 2009 Corvette ZR1 that is not on any of the 2008 Corvettes. This new steering wheel has two buttons on the left side that allow the driver to view information displayed on the DIC. The top button chooses the information or moves through the screens. The bottom button with the arrow is used for selecting the menu.

These function buttons show up on several other GM vehicles including the Chevrolet Silverado, Malibu and the Saturn Sky. Below you see the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s steering wheel and a similar (albeit more advanced) steering wheel of the 2008 Saturn Sky.

2009 Corvette ZR1 Steering Wheel 2008 Saturn Sky Steering Wheel

We’re going to make an assumption that this new wheel will also be standard on the 2009 base and Z06 models. It seems controlling your DIC while keeping your hands on the wheel is a fairly reasonable feature and there’s not much reason why it would be offered exclusively to ZR1 buyers.

Now how about those cruise control buttons!

Thanks for the tip George!


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December 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 4, 2008

December’s Corvette sales were up sharply over November’s sales figures as the final tally for the 2007 monthly sales figures were released by General Motors. Sales of Corvettes in December 2007 totaled 2,914. That’s up from the 2,438 units sold in November 2007 but down slightly from December 2006′s 3,081 Corvettes sold.

The 2007 calendar year will go down as another strong year for Corvette sales. January through December 2007 saw 33,684 Corvettes sold. While that figure was down from 36,518 Corvettes sold in 2006, it was higher than the 32,489 Corvettes sold in 2005. Remember that Corvette production for the 2007 model year was a bit of an anomaly as an astounding 40,561 Corvettes were built, the highest model year production figure since the introduction of the C4 Corvette in 1984.

The outlook for sales during the 2008 calendar year should continue to remain on par with what we’ve seen over the last three years: roughly 2,800 units per month for a total of 34,000 Corvettes for the year. While the 2009 Corvette ZR1 will make for interesting discussion as the ultimate halo car, production targets are rumored to be in the neighborhood of 1,500 units. Right now no one knows if ZR1 sales will come at the expense of the Corvette Z06.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%

Wheels on the Ground

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 9,398 2008 Corvettes on the ground in the following model configurations:

  • 5,700 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,596 Corvette Convertibles
  • 2,102 Corvette Z06


Sources:
GM
JeffHardy.com

Related:
November 2008 Corvette Sales

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Video: Unveiling the 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2007

On December 27th, Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway raised the curtain on two unique 2008 Corvettes that will serve as pace cars for the 92nd Indianapolis 500. The event was held in downtown Indianapolis at the RCA dome. Click the video to watch the unveiling as it happened, as well as listen to the various dignitaries pontificate about the Corvette and its involvement with the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500.

2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Unveiling


Sources:
Indianapolis 500

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