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More Corvette Comments from GM CEO Henderson

by Keith Cornett on May 11, 2009

GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

Last week General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson sat down with Autoweek and essentially said the Corvette isn’t going away because it pays the rent. Henderson repeated those comments in an online live chat this morning on GM’s FastLane blog. In addition to repeating his support for the Corvette, Fritz gives us a peak inside the Henderson garage.

From the FastLane Chat with Fritz Henderson on MOnday, May 11th:


Dr. Ron McGarry:
I know that shuttering popular brands is difficult, but as a former Pontiac owner and now with a Corvette, I am concerned about the whole Corvette/Bowling Green operation. Destroy this and it will be bad for GM on a whole. Any hints on plans for Corvette?

Fritz Henderson:
Corvette remains a force within our product lineup. It is a superb high performance car, the equal or better car relative to cars that sell for 3x the price. The corvette pays the rent in terms of profitability and cash flow and is one of our strongest (if not our strongest) nameplates in the entire GM lineup. We intend to keep this car fresh and in a segment leading position. I also own one and love it.


Brian Watters:
What do you drive presently and what is your favorite gm vehicles?

Fritz Henderson:
The Henderson family fleet. My wife drives a cool 9-3 Saab convertible. My baby is my corvette, I am also driving a camaro, and my daughter drives a Malibu.


Click here to read the transcript from the 30 min chat.


Source:
GM FastLane Blog

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Hennessey Corvette ZR750 Gets Flogged in Super Slo-Mo

Witness the Hennessey Corvette ZR750 getting a serious workout on a track somewhere in Texas. We get a couple of high speed drivebys on the track before switching to an awesome slo-mo shot as the ZR750 rounds a corner at high speed. You can actually see the waves in the air caused by the exhaust in the background. Our only complaint is that it was too damn short.


Source:
Streetfire.net via Jalopnik

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Corvette Museum Opens In-House Collect Car Insurance Agency

The National Corvette Museum recently announced their partnership with American Modern Insurance Group to provide collector car insurance to its members and car enthusiasts. Instead of just referring people to American Modern, the Museum took it one step further by opening an in-house insurance agency to provide the service. We caught up with NCM Insurance Agent Adam Boca at last month’s C5/C6 Corvette Bash to find out more about the program and how its a win-win for both members and the Museum.

As Adam mentions in the video, all years of collector cars are available to be covered although there are mileage limits on the program. The best news is that the NCM benefits by receiving a commission on the sale of the policy which benefits all Corvette owners.

Adam says the initial response has been overwhelming – so much so that American Modern sent down a couple of representatives to Bowling Green to help them answer all the requests for quotes and more information.

For more information on the services available or to receive your free quote, call Adam Boca at 877-NSURNCM (678-7626) or visit NCMInsurance.com.


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The Hero Edition Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 “Hero Edition” was specially built by General Motors to honor the Kids Wish Network’s “Hero of the Month”, a child that has faced and overcome traumatic and life-changing circumstances with courage and spirit. This special edition ZR1 will be paired with a Black/Red 1967 Corvette 427/390 hp roadster and raffled off at the end of the year in the Win The Vette’s Corvette Dream Giveaway.

The Hero Edition serial #1 of 1 is the only Corvette ZR1 produced with red accents, special graphics, and additional carbon fiber components. Under the hood, the now-famous blue cowl covering the Eaton supercharged 638-horsepower LS9 V8 engine has been replaced with a one of a kind red version that can be seen through the hood’s polycarbonate window. One-of-a-kind emblems and embroidery confirm its unique place in automotive history.

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Corvette Team Members Ray Krawczyk, Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter have all signed their names under the hood to further authenticate this 1 of 1 special edition Corvette.

Last year’s Corvette Dream Giveaway generated enough donations to fund the Hero Program for an entire year. The Kids Wish Network provides a “Hero” gift package to a deserving child at a monthly award ceremony at each participating hospital.

Tickets for the Corvette Dream Giveaway start at just $3. There is no cap on how many tickets will be sold and by purchasing more tickets, the price per ticket decreases while your odds of winning increase. The drawing for the two Corvettes will be held December 23rd and winners will be notified.

Most people never get to own a Corvette;
Few people will ever own a ZR1;
Only one person will ever own the Hero Edition

To enter the “Win The Vettes” raffle and help the heros of the Kids Wish Network, click here to purchase tickets or call 866-WIN-Both to speak with a representative.


Source:
WinTheVettes.com

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GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

Autoweek.com sat down with new GM CEO Fritz Henderson and the Corvette’s future came up in the discussion. Fritz made it clear that the focus for Corvette is on the current C6 platform and making changes and upgrades to insure “it maintains its leadership position”.

When asked about the hold placed on the C7 development, Henderson commented that it would take a significant investment to have the car make another leap forward, but since the current architecture is so good, the plan for now is to make sure the current Corvette continues to improve every year.

I don’t know about you, but Henderson’s comments left me feeling very uninspired. Not just on the future development of the C7, but his discussion of the current C6 was very bland, almost clinical. Anyone else have that opinion?


Source:
Autoweek.com

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Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2009

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

As Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles promised at the NCM’s C5/C6 Bash, the 2010 Corvette Order Guides were delivered to Chevrolet dealers today. We’ll be reviewing it shortly and will post anything interesting that we find. In the meantime, you can download your copy after the jump.

A special thanks goes out to Dave Salvatore at Kerbeck Corvette for making this available to us so quickly. If you’re looking to purchase the new Grand Sport or any other 2010 Corvette, Dave is your go-to guy. Call him at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!

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April 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2009

We received good news regarding new Corvette sales via GM’s monthly sales report. GM posted 1,407 deliveries of new Corvettes last month, the highest amount since September 2008 and the fourth straight month of growth. Sales of Corvettes climbed 18.9% over March 2009′s figure of 1,183. During the month, the total inventory of Corvettes available fell 9.4% to a total of 6,416 units available nationwide.

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Wrecked 2009 Corvette ZR1 for Sale on eBay

by Keith Cornett on May 3, 2009

Wrecked 2009 Corvette ZR1 for Sale on eBay

There is a reason that new Corvette ZR1′s come with a free 2-day driving course at schools like Bondurant. There is a lot of power in the 638-hp supercharged Corvette and while there are many technological features designed to keep you in control, sometimes shit happens that can be hard to do. While we don’t know the details of what happened to this Corvette ZR1, we did surmise the following:

Man stomps on accelerator, Corvette ZR1 gets sideways and whacks something really hard. Insurance covers accident and Corvette is put up for sale on eBay.

So we finally have come to the moment in the Corvette ZR1 timeline that we can check-off seeing the first damaged car being sold on eBay. VIN #00427 is a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 that looks like it took a hit to the driver’s rear quarter panel. From the looks of things, that back wheel is gonna need a serious alignment.

The auction details tell of some of the damage:

  • Cracks on the left side in the rear tub assembly
  • Rear bumper cover is TORN.
  • The lower control arms on the left rear are bent.
  • This is a fantastic Corvette with numerous features. A sure to please.

The ZR1 in the auction does please with its ZR3 Premium Package and the low 1,227 miles on the odometer. So what does a slightly used, slightly damaged Corvette go for? The opening bid is $75,000 and there is a “buy-it-now” at $97,500.

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The auction ends on May 12th. For details, check out the full auction listing on eBay.


Source:
eBay

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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake

Europe’s FIA GT Championship gets underway this weekend with the season’s first race at Silverstone. Four Corvettes will be going up against the likes of Maserati, Saleen, Ford and the new kid in the series: Nissan’s GT-R. You can follow the coverage through Corvette Motorsport’s live video feeds all weekend long.

At the time of this post, round 2 of qualifying is on and the Corvettes are currently running 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th.

The two-hour race at Silverstone gets underway Sunday at 2:15pm local time which I think works out to be 9am Eastern Standard.

From the image gallery, check out the cool Jake suit:

Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake



Source:
CorvetteMotorsport.com

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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake

Corvette Racing’s Program Manager spoke last week at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash about the racing program. In this video clip, Doug talks about the final GT1 race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Green Challenge and one of our favorite topics, the emergence of “Jake”. Doug is joined on stage by retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.

We’ll be hearing more from Doug in the next few days including progress of the GT2 Corvette C6.R and his take on the current state of the auto industry and GM.



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