General Motor released their monthly sales figures for May and Corvette sales continue to encourage us. In May 2011, 1,304 Corvettes were delivered to new buyers. Although the sales figures are down 8.7% over May 2010′s 1,428 Corvettes, it does rank as the second best month of sales since last May. For the calendar year, 5,597 have been sold which is pacing 13.1% over the 4,950 Corvettes sold the same time in 2010. Like I said, Corvette sales for 2011 are very encouraging.
The new 4LT interior was on display for the first time at last weekend’s CorvetteForum Cruise-In at the National Corvette Museum. On hand was Tom Hill – Corvette Plant Engineer who said these seats were put in the car the day before the event began which makes this the first 2012 Corvette to have the 4LT interior installed.
Back in September we told you about the loss of Taylor Michigan police corporal Matthew Edwards who was gunned down in the line of duty, leaving a wife and two children. Taylor Chevrolet offered to step in with a Corvette ZR1 raffle to help raise funds for the family. Now the dealer claims the police charity that was brought in to assist with the raffle has taken them for ride.
Les Stanford Chevrolet of Dearborn, MI posted these photos Wednesday on the Corvette Forum which show a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport painted in Carlisle Blue. Having seen just the bumper cover at the Bash, I wondered how it would look on a full car. Check out the larger photos after the jump and then let us know what you think of the new blue 2012 Corvette.
Photo Credit: TurboTechnologyInc.com
According to a story by TheDetroitBureau.com, one of the engines that General Motors is planning on offering in the C7 Corvette is a European-style turbo V8 that will be slightly larger than 3 liters in displacement. This would mark a turning point for the company which has traditionally offered high-displacement V8s in the sports car. The turbocharged engine is expected to woo the hearts, minds and wallets of European performance car buyers who are usually drawn to the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Automotive News’ product editor Rick Kranz wrote yesterday on the timeline for C6/C7 Corvette production. He says that according to a source at Chevrolet, the C6 Corvette will be offered in 2012 and 2013 while the C7 Corvette is expected in 2014. However, he writes that the 2013 model year may be abbreviated to allow plenty of time to retool the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for C7 production.
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A couple weeks back we told you about the newest batch of 10 people being added into Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall. Last week our friends at Bloomington Gold announced the 10 cars to be inducted during the June 23rd – 26th event in St. Charles, IL. The cars being inducted this year cover the full spectrum of the Corvette legend from race car, to styling car, to pace car.
Here are some great photos of Corvettes that were in attendance at the 4th Garden State NCRS Regional show in Wildwood, NJ.
The Circle City Corvette Club out of Dothan, AL is doing their Run to the Beach this Friday with a Corvette show at the Panama City Beach Bay Point Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday, May 21st. The corvette show includes a live look at the 2012 Corvettes, seminars with GM engineers and designers from Bowling Green and an event shirt.
Rick Springfield was arrested in Malibu on May 1st for alledgely driving his modified 1963 Corvette Coupe while intoxicated. He blew a .10 which is over the legal limit. When the deputy told him that his $200,000 Corvette would be towed away, he apparently yelled at the deputy “if you tow my car I’ll f**king kill you and your family.”