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Corvette Quarterly, the official magazine of Corvette from General Motors has told readers that in an effort to better the magazine, the spring and summer issues will not be published. We also have heard that subscribers have been mailed refunds and the mailers lead us to believe there will be no more print issues for the foreseeable future.
On Corvette Quarterly’s website, the following statement is at the top of the page:
Corvette Quarterly News
Because we value the readers of Corvette Quarterly, we are taking some time to make Corvette Quarterly the best source of Corvette news available. As part of this process, we will not publish our spring and summer issues for 2009.
But please check the website often to find the latest news on Corvette and information on the magazine.
Thank you! Your Corvette Quarterly Team
We contacted Corvette Quarterly through their Twitter account regarding the statement on the home page:
CorvetteBlogger: What’s the word on Corvette Quarterly? Saw the message on the site. Is it moving to an online addition only?
CQMag: The post at the top of our website (cqmag.com) is the official update regarding Corvette Quarterly from General Motors.
The Magazine has a subscriber base of 250,000 and an annual circulation of 1,000,000 copies per year. According to Echo Media, the demographics for Corvette Quarterly are:
Online at Corvette Quarterly you’ll find full and partial issues going back to Summer 2006. You can view the magazines in a pdf format that is friendly to the magazine experience. That leads us to speculate that the magazine may try to cut costs by going digital only. But the move to cancel issues altogether in the name of providing a better product is lost on us.
General Motors made another round of cutbacks with 1,600 white-collar workers losing their jobs as the company accelerates cost cuts to qualify for additional government aid. Among the positions cut was that of GM’s Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski. Over the last few months, GM has significantly scaled back its road racing efforts until the Corvette program is all that remains and that must have been enough to make Wesoloski’s position vulnerable.
My first encounter with Steve was just last month at the 12 Hours of Sebring when he addressed the Corvette Corral. I found him to be very passionate and enthusiastic about the Corvette Racing program. It’s sort of prophetic that during one part of his stump speech he asked everyone to please keep buying cars because he doesn’t want to have to go back to the real world.
Steve was with GM since 1989 where he started as a release engineer on the C4 Corvette and joined Corvette Racing in 2001. He served as a liaison between the factory and racing programs and when Road Racing Group Manager position opened up, he took that and ran with it. The only downside to being the boss he said at Sebring was that he wasn’t allowed to go over the wall anymore during pit stops.
All those who are fans of Corvette Racing should raise a glass to Steve tonight and wish him well. We thank you Steve for your dedication and infectious enthusiasm during your tenure and hope your future is as bright as that of the racing team you helped build.
Here again is the video of Steve’s presentation from the Corvette Corral at Sebring, which we titled as “Racing Sells Cars”.
Via our friends at BadBoyVettes, the Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette was seen testing over the weekend at Road Atlanta. Outfitted in flat black and featuring Jake on the doors, the new GT2 Corvette also has the racing team’s motto stenciled appropriately above the rear wheels: Take No Prisoners.
The photos originally come from the forum site www.AmericanLeMansFans.com so we promptly signed up to participate in the discussions as well. You do have to register before seeing any threads.
According to some of those that have seen and heard the new GT2 Corvette during the testing:
The GT2 Corvette is expected to make its racing debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenage at Mid-Ohio in early August.
Timed them for about a 10 minute period around 1pm in nice weather 65+F and got consistent 1:22s (low) with a quick lap of around 1:21.5 and a high of 1:23 (low).
I clocked a couple of high 1:19s on the second day of testing. Car sounds just like the GT1 car.
That’s approaching the fastest GT2 lap at the 2008 Petit LeMans. Considering that these cars are in the very early stage of development, high 1:19 laps are scary fast. Maybe they were using no restrictor (or a larger-that-permitted restrictor) in an effort to test other car components.
In keeping with our “glass is half full” optimism regarding monthly Corvette sales, we are happy to report that the March 2009 sales report released by GM yesterday shows the third straight month of growth for 2009 in new Corvette deliveries. In March 2009, 1,183 Corvettes were sold which was a 15% increase over February’s 1,027 deliveries and was 41% higher than the 842 Corvettes sold in January 2009.
Back in January, we brought you news that GM was considering a Grand Sport Widebody for 2010 and now the interwebs have blown up again with the news following a Corvette Forum post by Billings, Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner. I guess a rumor is much more official when you can back it up with the internal model codes from GM. We’ve also got some additional information about the Grand Sport and it’s about the color blue.
Ken’s post on the Forum went viral pretty quick. Here is what he said:
Chevrolet will offer the 2010 in 6 models:
1YY07 Corvette Coupe
1YY67 Corvette Convertible
1YY87 Corvette Z06
1YY87 Corvette ZR1
1YG07 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe
1YG67 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
I haven’t any other information on colors, trim, powertrain, packages, or options.
I will keep you updated as information is available.
Well, we do have some brand new info regarding the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette:
Regarding that last bit of info, we are hearing a brake package may be available but we could also see other items like a differential cooler.
And if you want a blue Grand Sport, you can get one but it will come in Jetstream Blue only. No other new colors are slated for 2010 other than Torch Red replacing Victory Red.
We heard from Corvette Marketing Manager Harlan Charles say at Sebring that the new 2010 models can be seen at the Birthday Bash on April 24th at the Corvette Museum so we are assuming the Grand Sports will be there as well. CorvetteBlogger will be making the trip to the Bash specifically to witness the 2010 introductions and will bring the coverage to the web that weekend.
UPDATE: Autoblog spoke with Andrea Hales, GM Bowling Green Assembly Communications manager, who informed them that while there will be six weeks of down time from now until the end of June, the plant actually has about 600 workers and they will continue to build 11 Corvettes per hour, not eight.
Earlier this week it was announced that GM would idle the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for 6 weeks over the next three months. What we are hearing now is that when the plant is open, hourly production of the sports car will fall from 11 to 8 cars an hour.
UAW Local 2164 Secretary Cindy Shelton confirmed the slowing of the assembly line to 8 cars an hour, a far cry from the 18 cars an hour produced a year ago. “We are hardly running”, she said as the workforce has been trimmed to 400 workers, down from nearly 1,000 workers two years ago. “We are all worried and we are all waiting.” Shelton said in response to news about Rick Wagoner’s departure and President Obama’s comments about General Motors earlier this week. “Retirees are worried about their pension if GM goes bankrupt and the rest of us are just worried if we will be here next week.”
The slow down in production and plant idling comes as Corvette sales continue to run about half of what they were a year ago. In February 2009, Corvette sales were down 50% over 2008 sales. Just 1,027 Corvettes were sold in February compared with 2,071 the year prior.
Later this week we are expecting similar numbers when GM announces March 2009 sales.
GM employees were notified on Monday about plans for additional shutdowns at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. Starting Monday, March 30th, the Corvette plant will close for two weeks, then reopen for a few weeks before closing again. Hourly workers will be temporarily laid off during those down times.
The plant is scheduled to be closed during the first two weeks of April, first two weeks in May and then two weeks in June which will probably coincide with the changeover to the 2010 model. The closings affect not only the lives of the great people that work at the plant, but customer tours and museum deliveries are also impacted.
BG Assembly Plant Communications Director Andrea Hales said news of the shutdown did not surprise workers. “I think our employees expected more downtime because they follow the sale of our products very closely,â€ she said. â€œSo I think our employees were expecting some sort of scheduling announcement.”
“We are still hopeful that the market is still there for Corvette,â€ Hales said. â€œWeâ€™re just waiting to see, when the economy does take a turn, weâ€™re hoping we see Corvette come back as strong as it was before the downturn last year.”
The plant has laid off around 130 employees and another 110 more could be laid off before the end of the year.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring brought down several key members of Team Corvette to Florida who were on hand for the unveiling of the 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes. CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles about the people who build America’s sports car, the new GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Corvettes and the Transformers’ Corvette Stingray Concept and its potential influence on the C7 Corvette.
We appreciate Harlan taking the time to talk with us and we’re looking forward to attending the 2010 Corvette model rollout at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green at the end of April.
[VIDEO] My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
[PICS] First Look: The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
[VIDEO] The 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition Debuts at Sebring
[PICS] Up Close with the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition