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Corvette Coins and their Ilk Cheapen the Brand

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

Corvette CoinsI started seeing these coins on CNBC a couple of days ago. Some podunk country offers up their coinage to some “collectors” mint who designs a coin that is an exclusive legal, non-circulating tender. Oh, and it’s such a limited deal that you can only buy five. Give me a break. These are simply trinkets that are designed to do one thing and one thing only. Separate you from your money. And since when is .925 considered pure? As a Corvette owner, you obviously have some discretionary money to spend. Are you so gullible to allow these predatory companies think they can separate you from your money simply because it has a Corvette logo on it? Reminds me vaguely of the dialogue in the Chris Farley movie Tommy Boy. Rewritten, it would sound like this, “You could take a dump in a box and then slap a Corvette logo on it and then some sap would feel good about it, and would buy it.” See what I’m saying? In the end, all you really have left is a box of crap that won’t get you three bucks on eBay. You’d be better off putting the $19.95 (plus $4.95 shipping and handling) in your gas tank and going for half a days cruise. Or buy that one little part that you’ve been putting off forever. Me? I think I’m finally going to order that hubcap inset that I lost oh, three or four years ago. For those of you who haven’t see the commercial, it’s playing on Jalopnik.com For those of you who just have to have it because, gasp, it celebrates the 100 year anniversary of GM, order your box of crap Corvette Coins at CorvetteDollar.com
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Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

With the conclusion of the 2007 Corvette Model Year, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has released the final production numbers for the year. Corvette production for 2007 totaled an astounding 40,561 Corvettes. This is the most Corvettes produced since the introduction of the C4 model in 1984 and only the sixth time in 54 years that Corvette production crossed the 40,000 unit threshold. As with the last few years, Corvette owners still prefer Red Corvettes. The two shades of red, Victory and Monterey, combined for 28.9% of total production. However, the single most popular color for the third straight year was Black, accounting for 23.5% of Corvettes. Second place was Victory Red at 16.5% and Machine Silver third at 13.6%. Atomic Orange, the new color for 2007 that replaced Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic finished at 3,790 Corvettes or 9.3% of production nd more than doubled DSOM’s 1,729 units in 2006. The percentages of Corvettes with orders for the 6-Speed Manual, Paddle Shift Automatic and Z51 6-Speed Manual are relatively unchanged from 2006. I expected to see a decrease in true manual 6-Speeds in favor of the Paddle Shift as it has the Automatic modes, but that was not the case. The MN0 Paddle Shift had an option penetration of 55.3% vs 2006′s 56.1%. Here are the final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 21,484 53%    
Convertibles 10,918 27%    
Z06 Hardtops 8,159 20%    
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Total 40,561 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 2,387 1,312 676 399
19U Le Mans Blue 3,854 2,243 784 827
41U Black 9,526 4,908 2,091 2,527
45U Velocity Yellow 3,755 1,672 843 1,240
67U Machine Silver 5,518 2,887 1,589 1,042
74U Victory Red 6,708 3,556 1,701 1,451
80U Monterey Red 5,023 3,157 1,866 0
83U Atomic Orange 3,790 1,749 1,368 673
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Cashmere 2,813   2,813  
37T Storm Gray 979   979  
41T Ebony 7,126   7,126  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 3,071 1,066 622 1,383
19I Ebony 24,267 13,529 5,334 5,404
31I Light Cashmere 7,359 4,135 3,224 0
84I Light Titanium (Gray) 5,864 2,754 1,738 1,372
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MN6 6-Speed Manual 12,670 3,433 1,078 8,159
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 22,422 14,093 8,329 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 5,469 3,958 1,511 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
P4A Painted Alum Indy Car 500 0 500 0
QG6 Painted Aluminum 7,500 6,422 1,078 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 3,461 2,452 1,009 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 3,459 0 0 3,459
QX1 Gray Painted Aluminum 1,091 945 146 0
QX3 Chrome 19,850 11,665 8,185 0
Q10 Z06 Base 1,457 0 0 1,457
Q44 Z06 Painted 545 0 0 545
Q76 Z06 Chrome 2,698 0 0 2,698
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 13,696 8,966 4,730 0
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 3,558 3,558 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 5,619 2,777 2,842 0
UV6 Heads Up Display 22,948 13,022 9,926 0
U2K XM Satellite Radio 28,897 12,220 9,789 6,888
UE1 OnStar System 18,074 6,935 6,488 4,651
U3U Navigation Radio 20,653 7,661 6,849 6,143
R8C Museum Delivery 1,104 402 288 414
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 34 23 11 0
MAE European Export 1,327 522 87 718
Z49 Canadian Export 860 286 256 318

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A 2007 Corvette being assembled in Bowling GreenThe Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green will begin production of the 2008 Corvette during the week of June 25th. As the 2007 model year concludes, we will have the final production numbers for you. The assembly plant will be closed from June 29th through July 15th and will resume on the 16th. If you are planning on touring the plant, you can reserve your tickets online through the Corvette Museum.
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Yellow Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2007

That’s right, we said yellow. The not so super secret (SS) Corvette has been spotted once again on a GM test track by the hound dogs at Popular Mechanics and this time the car was wearing a Velocity Yellow paint job. So for those of you who are counting, we’ve seen the Blue Devil/SS in Black, Red, Blue and now Yellow. Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Popular Mechanics refers to the Blue Devil/SS in two other monikers I have yet seen reported anywhere else: The ZRS and the Grand Sport S.

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Click here to read Popular Mechanics’ review of their latest sighting.
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The 2009 Cadillac CTS-VLast month GM’s Vice Chairman “Maximum” Bob Lutz was derided by many including myself on this blog for making the comment about taking a look at producing a four door Corvette. Along comes the new issue of Motor Trend magazine which has a story about the next generation Cadillac CTS-V, which will have none other than a “detuned” version of the SuperCharged V8 Blue Devil Corvette engine under the hood. Could this be the first step in the evolution of a 4-door Corvette? The news is just another example of the ongoing horsepower wars and we think this is great news for GM as it continues to position the Cadillac against BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. However, the information from the Motor Trend article is not entirely correct:

What’s good for the Blue Devil is good for the Cadillac CTS-v. The next-generation muscle-Caddy, which is expected in the 2009 model year along with the quicker-than-Z06 Chevrolet Corvette, also will get the supercharged LS7 7.0-liter powerplant. While the Blue Devil, which will be named Z07, will have about 700-horsepower (“Trend,” June), expect the engine to be detuned somewhat for the CTS-v to about 600 horses.
The Blue Devil engine is expected to be the LS9 – a supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 that should produce upwards of 700 hp. It’s not a blown version of the current Z06 Corvette’s LS7 7.0 Liter V8. Others have speculated the Cadillac engine will have the supercharged LSA 6.2 liter V8. Both are supercharged variants of the new LS3 engine debuting in the 2008 Corvette later this year, but the LSA will have about 100 horses less than the LS9. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let’s get back to the plans for the CTS-V. Motor Trend says the 4-door sedan will get an updated suspension with stiffer springs and shocks, Brembro Brakes and a host of exterior changes that will include front and rear spoilers and a mesh grille. Click here to read the Motor Trend article and I would also recommend reading the comments about this story on AutoBlog.com
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May 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 4, 2007

Second Quarter continues to remain strong for Corvette sales as the factory had its best sales month this year to date. In May 2007, customers took delivery of 3,300 Corvettes, just 17 less than what was sold in May 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (Jan-May) sales total 14,703 Corvettes. We’re still looking at an year-to-year decline of -8.8% from the 16,125 Corvettes sold in 2006.

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%

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New for 2008 Corvettes: Jetstream Blue Metallic

by Keith Cornett on May 29, 2007

2008 Corvette in Jetstream Blue MetallicWay back in January we learned that a new exterior color called Jetstream Blue Metallic would be replacing the popular Lemans Blue Metallic on the 2008 Corvette. Our friend and proud new papa Rick Conti has just got his hands on the first photo of Jetstream Blue Metallic painted on an entire car, not just the fender as we saw David Hill carrying around May’s C5/C6 Bash at the Museum. The new color, coded 85U is reminiscent of previous lighter shades of blue used on Corvettes like Nassau Blue, Marina Blue and Mulsanne Blue. Also debuting in this photo is the new QG7 High Polished Wheel. The wheels high polished shine makes a nice contrast against the Jetstream Blue exterior and should be even more striking on black and red Corvettes.
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Corvette: The Next Four Door Sports Car?

by Keith Cornett on May 22, 2007

 A Corvette Sedan?GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has been a student of the automobile business his whole life. When he sees success from rivals, in this case its Porsche, he opens his mouth in a sort of “off the cuff” manner and delivers a one-liner that sends car journalists into a frenzy. In an interview with Automotive News, Lutz did just that. Admiring Porsche for extending its brand beyond the two-seater sports car with models ranging from crossovers to sedans, Lutz delivers the zinger de jour: “You could do the same thing with the Corvette”. The Corvette has served GM faithfully for its 50+ year run. During that time, we’ve heard of ideas come and go about the General’s Halo car. Every few years, there is talk of splitting Corvette from Chevrolet to become its own brand. Previously, Corvette engines were installed in the Impala, Camaro and Trailblazer. And with the coming return of the newly redesigned Impala and Camaro, we will probably see Corvette engines in them as well. So, do we really need to have a Corvette sedan? Of course not. GM already has models in place that could compete for the title of the next great four-door sports car, and frankly, the company needs another winner that isn’t a Corvette. A sedan built with “Corvette technology” would be much better received than a Corvette designed with “sedan styling” in mind.
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Corvette Fever MagazineSource Interlink, a distributor of magazines, CD’s and DVDs in supermarkets, discount stores and bookstores announce yesterday that they have agreed to purchase PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media division for $1.2 billion dollars. The Enthusiast Media group is made up of 70 specialty magazines, 90 special interest websites and 65 events. The group posted revenue of $525 million in 2006. Corvette Fever and Vette Magazine are both published by the Enthusiast Media group, along with MotorTrend, Hot Rod and Automobile magazines. The purchase of PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media Group establishes Source Interlink as a vertically integrated company that will publish the magazines and then distribute them in over 110,000 retails stores throughout North America.
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Edmunds.com Straightline Blog has a set of photos of a Corvette SS Prototype testing alongside a Ferrari 599. The take on the story is that both the Ferrari 599 and the regular production Corvette both share Delphi’s Magnetic Suspension Technology and therefore Chevrolet engineers are reworking the system to help control the massive horsepower output of the Corvette SS. Last April, Ferrari announced they would be using the MagneRide suspension, which uses shock absorbers filled with a fluid capable of changing damping characteristics on the fly. Delphi’s MagneRide system is used on the Corvette as well as the Cadillac STS and other premium GM cars.

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The track the pictures were taken is unidentified other than “a supplier’s test track in Europe”. Visit the Straightline Blog to view all the photos.
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