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Corvettes For Sale Down Under?

by Keith Cornett on April 20, 2006

Thanks to the success of the C6 in foreign markets, especially Europe and Japan, the Corvette may be sold directly in Australia. This year, 400 Corvettes were sent to Japan which was expected to account for their entire yearly allocation. They sold out in a month. And in Europe, Corvette has sold three times the number of Corvettes in 2005 than in 2004. GM already has a presence in Australia with the Holden and is in the process of establishing distribution for Cadillac and Hummer. Corvette could possibly be sold at select Holden dealers. So will the Corvette be modified for Right Hand Drive? GM’s Bob Lutz says no with the current C6 model, but the C7 should be designed for both markets. Lutz said “With the next iteration of Corvette we really need to look at right-hand drive seriously. There is clearly a demand there, if we get the car right, as the latest model has shown.” “That way you get the economies of scale and all the development is done at the same time. The Corvette is one of GM’s treasured products, so we should make the most of it.” While the C6 has been for sale for two years, Lutz says GM is considering introducing the C7 model “sooner rather than later”. The C5 Corvette had a nine year life-span but GM may cut the C6’s life to five years, which would mean the new model could be available in 2009. Source:
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2007 Corvette Production Changes and Forecast

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2006

Rick Conti is always good for some interesting Corvette news on his site ( and today he comes through in spades. In addition to posting a photo for the real Atomic Orange (word is someone leaked the wrong color, whether intentional or not nobody is talking), Rick has posted the 2007 production changes that we can expect to see on next year’s Corvettes. The production changes are:

Exterior Color – (83U) Atomic Orange replacing (71U) Daytona Sunset orange Metallic Two-Tone Modified Seats. Perforated leather seating surfaces with crossed flag embroidery and contrasting stitching. The Two-tone interiors are available in Red (026), Cashmere (316) and Titanium (846) as well as Coupe or Convertible with 2LT or 3LT. Steering-Wheel mounted audio controls (UK3) included with Bose Premium (US9/U3U) audio systems. Larger Glovebox Storage Space. OnStar (UE1) is now available on Z06 2LZ Equipment Group. Enhanced Acoustic Package reduces road notice and is included with Z06 2LZ Equipment Group. Bose Audio Enhancements New Keyless access transmitter with integrated mechanical key. Power Convertible Top (CM7) is now included with Convertible 3LT Equipment Group. Cross-Drilled brake rotors are now included in Magnetic Selective Ride Control (F55).
In addition to these changes, the model forecast calls for 40% Coupes, 40% Convertibles and 20% Z06 Hardtops. Make sure to visit to view the photos of the new Atomic Orange as well as the two-tone seats.
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C6 Stars in NASCAR Autocare TV Commercial

by Keith Cornett on April 9, 2006

NASCAR Autocare by Exolab is promoting a new group of auto appearance products with a television commercial featuring former NASCAR driver turned TV analyst Darrell Waltrip and a C6 Corvette. The commercial shows the C6 coming to a stop on pit road when a pit crew dashes to the car and performs a complete auto detail as crew chief Darrell Waltrip looks on. “14 Seconds flat – not bad!”, Waltrip exclaims as the Corvette takes off down the road. The Corvette is driven by Country music newcomer Taylor Swift. Click here to view the commercial.
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Indianapolis 500 Z06 Corvette Pace Car Photos

by Keith Cornett on April 4, 2006

The Indianapolis 500 Z06 Pace Car. These images were released recently from GM. Click the image to view larger photo.

Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Two racing icons will unite when Lance Armstrong , seven-time Tour de France winner, drives the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car to lead the field to the start of the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006 . For a record 17th time, a Chevy will pace the race, and it’s the eighth time for a Corvette to be leading the pack. Neither Armstrong nor the Corvette is a stranger to elite endurance racing. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles, and the Corvette Z06 pace car he’ll be driving is based on the C6.R Corvette racer that has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four out of the past five years. “We’re proud that this year’s Indianapolis 500 will showcase the new 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 and honored that it will be driven by another racing icon—Lance Armstrong,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. “The 2006 Corvette Z06 is infused with technology from our own endurance racer—the four-time Le Mans winning C6.R Corvette race car—and having it play such a key role at this important event acknowledges the significance the vehicle has played in American culture for more than 50 years.” As the No. 1-ranked cyclist in the world in 1996, Armstrong competed as a member of the U.S. Cycling Team in the Summer Olympic Games. While seemingly at the top of his game, he was literally forced off his bike because of cancer. He formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation within months of his diagnosis to help others with their cancer struggles. Armstrong then staged an incredible comeback, winning his first Tour de France title in 1999. After seven consecutive victories, Armstrong retired following the 2005 race and continues to be a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has become among the most influential organizations of its kind and provides practical information and tools people need to battle cancer and live strong through education, advocacy, public health programs and research grants. The 2006 Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Indy 500 pace car is virtually identical to the models available today through local Chevrolet dealerships. Because the production Corvette is so racing-ready with 505 horsepower capable of 198 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, sophisticated aerodynamics, a suspension that can handle 1.01 Gs in cornering situations and large 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels that are a foot wide in the rear, the only changes made to prepare it for this year’s role were the addition of strobe lights and racing safety gear. With the Indianapolis 500 being such a classic American race during Memorial Day Weekend and with Chevy’s “An American Revolution” campaign, the Corvette Z06 pace car features an Americana red, white and blue theme. It displays an abstract U.S. flag pattern with “Victory Red” and “Cobalt Blue” ribbons flowing across the car on a base of “Arctic White” with white stars flanking each side. The 2006 Indy 500 logo is on each door, and the Chevy red racing Bowtie appears at the top of the hood. The race will be broadcast live on May 28 by ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available for the 2006 Indianapolis 500. For information, log on to or call the IMS office at 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700.
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Atomic Orange Color Unveiled

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2006 has posted the first photos of the new and only color change for 2007 – 83U Atomic Orange. The color replaces Daytona Sunset Metallic which ended its run on April 1st. These photos first the web on Friday afternoon and due to the close proximity to April Fool’s Day had a lot of folks asking if this was a joke. The color is reminiscent of the Corvette Orange of the mid-seventies. I would have preferred to see GM go in a different direction so we’ll see what the marketplace decides. Credit:
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Another 2006 Corvette Recall

by Keith Cornett on March 29, 2006

GM will begin notifying 2006 Corvette owners about an issue with the engine flywheel. The recall covers Corvettes with the VIN Breakpoints of 65115878 – 65121102 where the engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. The following is the Service Bulletin:

GM Parts Bulletins & Information – To Chevrolet Dealers GMP06-060 – Customer Satisfaction Program #06523 Engine Flywheel/Clutch Interference DESCRIPTION: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM #06523 – MARCH 27, 2006 THIS RECALL IS IN EFFECT UNTIL March 31, 2007 - Certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 – VIN E) engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. - This program will expire on March 31, 2007. - Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. - Refer to Customer Satisfaction Program #06523 for further information EFFECTIVE DATE:
Initial owner mailing is scheduled to begin: 4-3-06 GENERAL INFORMATION:
Parts required to complete this program are to be obtained from General Motors Service Parts Operations (GMSPO). Normal orders should be placed on a DRO = Daily Replenishment Order. In an emergency situation, parts should be ordered on a CSO = Customer Special Order. Part Number Description Quantity/Vehicle: 12571611 Flywheel, Eng 1 IMPORTANT:
Due to the small number of vehicles involved and due to limited initial parts availability, Dealers are encouraged not to order program parts for use as shelf stock. Parts should only be ordered when inspection determines that it is necessary to replace the flywheel. CONDITION
Certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 – VIN E) engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. This program will expire on March 31, 2007. CORRECTION
Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. VEHICLES INVOLVED
Involved are certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 – VIN E) engine and manual transmission and built within these VIN breakpoints: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette 65115878 65121102 Important: Dealers are to confirm vehicle eligibility prior to beginning repairs by using the GM Vehicle Inquiry System (GMVIS). Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved. For dealers with involved vehicles, a listing with involved vehicles containing the complete vehicle identification number, customer name, and address information has been prepared and will be provided through the applicable system listed below. Dealers will not have a report available if they have no involved vehicles currently assigned.

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AAA Names Z06 Corvette the Cool Car of the Year

by Keith Cornett on March 21, 2006

AAA picks its top cars for 2006 and names the Z06 Corvette the “Cool Car of the Year”. Digging deep into the AAA website, a very favorable review of the Z06 is available. Interestingly, the items we usually see downgraded in other Corvette reviews were favorable, including the interior refinements. Funny quotes do abound though with my favorite being, “Driven easily, the Corvette’s fuel economy can be surprisingly good. However when the engine’s power is frequently tapped, fuel economy can be quite poor. ” That is good to know. Next time I’m behind the wheel of a 505hp monster, I’ll try to remember that. And finally, let’s make sure the disclaimer is present: “Due to the abundant (some would say excessive) power, the ZO6 should be considered by skilled drivers only.” Enough said… Click here to read the AAA Top Cars List
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C6 Corvette Options Update

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2006 has confirmed that Daytona Sunset Orange (71U) is being discontinued as of Saturday, April 1st. The replacement for this color is called Atomic Orange, but it will not be available until the 2007 model year. In other C6 news, says the QX3 Wheel (Chromed Aluminum) is available for production and availibility will run at approximately 25% of Coupe and Convertible production beginning March 20th, 2006.
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C6 Corvette Roof Recall

by Keith Cornett on March 8, 2006

Chevrolet has implemeted a service bulletin for 2005-06 Corvettes with painted roofs. On certain 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles, the painted roof panel may separate from its frame in some areas if it is exposed to stresses along with high temperature and humidity. The occupants of the vehicle may notice one or more of these symptoms: a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, roof panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak in the headliner. The problem is corrected by applying adhesive foam to ensure proper adhesion, or in a small number of vehicles, replace the roof panel. Owners should check with their dealer to see if their Corvette falls within the VIN indicated below: 2005 Chevrolet Corvette 55100002 – 55135053
2006 Chevrolet Corvette 65100001 – 65100046