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Vettes in the News

GM’s Bob Lutz spoke with Channel4.com’s Mike Rutherford on a variety of subjects ranging from his love of MG’s to how GM has matched Toyota in build quality. But most interesting to us is his comments about the Corvette. “…best sports car in the world” Being reminded that he said the same about the Viper over a decade ago when he was employed by Dodge, Lutz responds:

“Corvette is dead easy to drive and has a better power-to-weight ratio. The Z06 version is the absolute killer car. I think it’s going to boggle minds when people drive that thing with its aluminum chassis, carbon fibre body panels and all. So yeah, Corvette is a solid hit.”
This is a great article to read if you’re interested in knowing more about the man that probably has the most influence over the future development of the Corvette. Click here for The World According to Bob…part one at Channel4.com Via: LeftLaneNews.com
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Noted automotive consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. released the results of their annual Owner Satistaction survey and the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette won Best in Class for the Sports car category. The Hyundai Azera was named the Top Car while the Lincoln Navigator won the Top Truck award. In addition to the Corvette, GM has two other models win their categories. Cadillac CTS was #1 in Entry Luxury and the Chevrolet Silverado HD was #1 in Large, Heavy Duty Trucks.

“Owners of the new C6 Chevrolet Corvette return the car to the top of the Sports Car category with a decisive class-winning performance for 2006. The new Corvette is perhaps the best value in the entire Sports Car arena. The C6 Corvette is a more satisfying car than any previous Corvette — great styling, more finesse, super performance, great handling and a more supple ride. Still immediately identifiable as a Corvette, the C6 is clearly new across the board.” said George Peterson of AutoPacific.
In addition to identifying segment winners, VSA also establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market. This results from calculating owner satisfaction across 44 specific areas related to a vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. The 2006 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired September 2005 through January 2006. Click here for full results of the survey. Image Credit: CorvetteImages.com
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Video: Top Gear Reviews Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 16, 2006

Leave it to Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear to completely miss the point of the new Z06 Corvette. The first clip has Jeremy driving the Z06 on their test course and from the looks of it, he couldn’t be happier than throwing the Vette through a couple of 1.2 + lateral G curves, or from a dead stop he puts the car in 5th gear and goes from 0-175 mph before he has to back it down because he is out of runway. The second clip has the Corvette in the Top Gear studio and this is where Clarkson misses the point. He complains the car is unmanageable off the track and “…the ride is awful, the engine sounds like it’s being fuelled by spanners, it’s too wide, it will shake your bones to dust and the gearbox feels like it’s out of a tractor.” Jeremy, while the above description is certainly not as bad as you portray (or perhaps your English roads are just quite up to the par of American roads), that experience is why you spend the $25K more for the Z06 than a regular Coupe. The Z06 even ranks 12 on your Power Lap board, all this for just £60,000. What’s amazing is that the only thing you didn’t bash was the interior. And one last thing, jeremy. It’s pronouced ‘Zee-Oh-Six’, not ‘Zed-Oh-Six.’




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Stolen Corvette Leads Cops to Auto-Theft Ring

by Keith Cornett on May 10, 2006

A stolen Corvette equipped with a LoJack vehicle tracking device led investigators to crack a major auto-theft ring based in northern Illinois that specialized in the theft of high end muscle cars. Illinois State Police picked up the LoJack signal in March and tracked it to a house in Grand Detour, Illinois. When police converged on the house, they found not only the Corvette they were looking for, but a second stolen Corvette, a Honda motorcycle and other stolen vehicle parts. A suspect was arrested and the investigation that followed led police to other stolen cars including Z06 Corvettes, Ford Cobra’s, Dodge Vipers and Ford F-250 Diesels. Police tracked down another suspect and found a stolen Ford Mustang Cobra, along with 23 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns, cash and $30,000 in chop shop tools. The Mustang was one of three Cobra’s stolen from the same dealership in one night. Additional searches led to the recovery of a computer that was used to program Ford transponder keys that had been stolen from a dealership. Read the entire account of this story.
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Buy House, Get a Free Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 5, 2006

Robert Cummings house is for sale. Three bedrooms and four baths, 2525 square feet and access to a 600 acre lake in a suburb of Detroit. The house features a home theater with built-in flat panel televisions and a multi-room audio and intercom system. But what really separates his house from the many others for sale is what’s in the garage. Robert is offering a 1995 Red Convertible Corvette as part of the package.

“I just thought it would be a unique approach to selling a home,” he said. “It’s a way to differentiate the house from other houses.” “The Corvette is flawless inside and out with about 40,000 miles.” The car is not driven in the winter or even in the rain. It features automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and a CD player.
While I’ve seen this once or twice of the last couple of years, this is the first time I’ve seen the offer with a Corvette. Robert’s real estate agent was obviously thrilled with the idea. “If it make us stand out above our competition, then we’re all for it,” Christy Brown-Ambrose of RE/MAX 100 said. “If it motivates a buyer to pick up the phone and make that call, then it’s a good incentive.” Interested? Click here for the article from the Novi News
Photo by John Heider/Novi News
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Corvette: Exhibit 1 in GM Turnaround

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2006

Peter DeLorenzo is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads. In March, Peter ripped GM for not doing anything to celebrate Corvette’s win at The 12 Hours of Sebring, America’s top road race event, which coincidentally was also the 50th anniversary of Corvette Racing. This week, Peter had a chance to drive the 2006 Z06 Corvette and came away from the experience with the same reaction by the majority of auto journalists that have preceded him:

“The Corvette ZO6 is simply the most seductive combination of power, speed, drivability, value and overall efficiency that exists in the world today. A high-performance super car for the real world, it is a milestone achievement that deserves recognition as much for its capabilities, as for the people behind it.”
Peter quickly turns his commentary from his driving experience in the Z06 to the culture of “True Believers” at GM who made building the sports car possible. If the “True Believers” where able to be set free from the “Bean Counters” on their most pressing new model rollouts including the Impala, DeLorenzo argues, then the company “would be able to build the kinds of desirable cars and trucks that consumers want to come in and buy of their own volition.” The Z06 is that kind of car and the resurgent success of the Corvette in recent years is once again beginning to fuel the innovation in other GM brands, namely the Cadillac V series, Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky and Aura models. It took Corvette’s “True Believer” in Dave Hill to make that happen. Other brands within GM should also be working hard to find their own Dave Hill. Great rant, Peter. Read it at AutoExtremist.com. And while your there, make sure you read the “RoadKill” article which contains another of their writer’s review of the Z06 Corvette.
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Wallace: Blue Devil Corvette Will Be Built

by Keith Cornett on May 2, 2006

AutoWeek is reporting that Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace has confirmed that GM will be building the “Blue Devil” Corvette, a high-end variant of the Z06 which will reportedly have around 600 horsepower. Wallace tells AutoWeek the biggest challenge facing the so-called Blue Devil Corvette is figuring out how to get 600 hp to the ground in such a way that it can be handled by a driver with the money to buy the car. Wallace said GM is considering requiring that Blue Devil—and even Z06—buyers attend a driver school as part of the price of admission. Source: AutoWeek
Photo: AmericanCarFans.com
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GM Parts Supplier Delphi has received a contract to supply the new Ferrari GTB Fiorano with its MagneRide Suspension, the same that is used in both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible models, as well as the Cadillac STS and other premium GM models. The MagneRide suspension uses shock absorbers filled with a fluid capable of changing damping characteristics on the fly. MagneRide is not used on the Z06 Corvette or the Cadillac STS-V. Delphi also supplies the dual zone climate control system as well as the electrial/electronic systems to Ferrari. Some are saying “If it’s good enough for Ferrari…” while I say, “If it’s good enough for the Corvette, it’s good enough for Ferrari at three times the price!” Source: Inside Line
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Tom Wallace Podcast

by Keith Cornett on April 29, 2006

Christopher Jensen of the Cleveland Plain Dealer contacted us to make us aware that there was a podcast available of his interview with Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace. The interview was the basis for his article published earlier this week called “Building A Better Corvette”. The podcast contains information and statements from Wallace that didn’t get published in the story. Listen to the interview or download the MP3.

Corvette Plant Breaks Build Numbers

by Keith Cornett on April 28, 2006

The National Corvette Museum announced yesterday that the Corvette Assembly Plant produced 4,059 Corvettes in March. This was the first time in 21 years they have exceeded 4,000 Corvettes in one month.
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