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Trademark Board Protects Corvette Name, Rebukes GM

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2010

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In 2008, Jim M. Sweeney sought to register the trademark CORVOLTTE for “electric vehicles, namely, automobiles”. General Motors opposed the registration saying that it would cause confusion with its mark CORVETTE. The three-judge board ruled on December 10, 2010 in favor of GM, but in its decision the court rebuked the automaker saying they failed to provide proof of fame of its mark and also failed to submit properly into evidence its registration for the CORVETTE mark for “automobiles”.

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Former GM Design Chief Chuck Jordan Dies at 83

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2010

Charles “Chuck” Jordan, the designer that many said helped to usher in the modern era of car styling at General Motors, died on Thursday, December 9th. He was 83 years old. Jordan was the fourth man to hold the role of GM Vice President of Design and was in that position from October 1986 until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at GM, Chuck was responsible for the design of the 1958 Corvette as well as several Corvette Concept cars.

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October 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2010

October 2010 Corvette Sales

Last week General Motors released the monthly sales report and for the seventh straight month, the number of Corvettes remained higher than 1,000 units. But is there bad news on the horizon? October’s delivery of 1,011 Corvettes marked the sixth straight decline from May’s 1,428 deliveries. October’s sales lagged -12.4% from the 1,154 Corvettes delivered a year ago and year to date sales are running -9.5%.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Engineer Discusses the ZR1's Exposed Carbon Fiber

When the Corvette ZR1 was first introduced to the public in 2008, one of the features causing a huge buzz in the automotive world was the exposed carbon fiber roof and the very expensive UV-resistant clear coat (said to cost $60,000 per gallon) that keeps the carbon fiber from cracking and yellowing in the sun. In this video, Corvette engineer Mark Voss talks about that clear coat covering that acts like a sunscreen to protect the panel for the life of the car.

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September 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on October 4, 2010

September 2010 Corvette Sales

Friday saw the release of GM’s monthly sales reports and for the straight sixth straight month the number of Corvettes sold has been north of 1,000 units. In September 2010, 1,109 Corvettes were sold. This was 30% lower than last year’s 1,585 Corvettes, but discount that due to extenuating circumstances surrounding the September 2009 sales total. Year to date, Corvette sales total 9,798, a 9% decrease from 2009′s 10,795 units.

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Chevy Allows You to Track Your Corvette Order Online

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2010

Chevy Allows You to Track Your Corvette Order Online

No longer will customers be in the dark about the status of their new Corvette order. GM has introduced a new “Track Your Order” feature to allow customers to view the relative status of their Corvette or any other Chevrolet order. In addition to the event status, a representation of the customer’s Corvette will be displayed with the majority of the accessories/options rendered.

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August 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2010

August 2010 Corvette Sales

Corvette sales are holding steady according to the latest sales report from General Motors. Deliveries of Corvettes in August hit 1,135 units which was 64 cars less than July 2010′s 1,199 sales. Year to date, sales are up 52.1% over August 2009′s dismal 746 Corvettes sold. In fact, August 2010 marks the third straight month of increases over 2009′s deliveries. However, last year at this time, the cash for clunkers program was in full swing which heavily impacted the sales of Corvettes and other cars not covered by the program. For the calendar year, 8,689 Corvettes have been sold which is a decline of 5.7% from 2009′s 9,210 Corvettes sold.

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GM Executives Squash Latest C7 Corvette Rumors

by Keith Cornett on August 12, 2010

GM Executives Squash Latest C7 Corvette Rumors

I figured it would only be a matter of time before someone got hold of a GM executive for comment on the recent rumors of a mid-engine C7 Corvette equipped with a V6 and a wet dual-clutch transmission. Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering Karl-Friedrich Stracke spoke with Automotive News and Autoweek on Tuesday and said the next-generation Corvette C7 will not be a mid-engine sports car and no V6 is planned or being tested.

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GM Updates Corvette.com for the 2011 Model Year

by Keith Cornett on August 6, 2010

GM Updates Corvette.com for the 2011 Model Year

GM has officially rolled out the 2011 model year Corvettes on www.corvette.com. The new site features many upgrades to the previous site including a cool new color selector and a new build your own configurator. Customers can search dealer inventories and connect with Corvette’s social media groups through facebook and twitter updates directly on the site.

Check it out at www.corvette.com

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July 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on August 3, 2010

July 2010 Corvette Sales

GM released the sales figures for July this morning and for the first time since 2006, we have two consecutive months of growth in Corvette sales. While June 2010′s sales increase was a paltry 0.6%, July 2010 showed better results with a 19.5% sales increase over July 2009′s sales. Last month 1,199 Corvettes were delivered, 233 more than July 2009′s Corvette sales. For the calendar year to date, sales are 7,554 Corvettes delivered which is now just -10.8% off the 8,464 Corvettes delivered during the same time period last year.

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