2005 Corvette gets manual transmission standard

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  1. TriShield

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    New Vette gets stick as standard; automatic an option for 2005

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    Chevrolet expects two-thirds of all Corvette buyers to choose an automatic, but it's making a six-speed manual standard for 2005.

    By DAVE GUILFORD | Automotive News
    (07:36 April 12, 2004)

    DETROIT -- Hard-core driving enthusiasts will love it.

    But less-intense Corvette buyers may be annoyed to discover that Chevrolet has flip-flopped the transmission options on its iconic sports car.

    When the sixth-generation Corvette goes on sale this summer, a manual transmission will be standard for the first time since 1980. An automatic will be an option.

    In the 2005 Corvette ordering workbook given to dealers, GM says it expects 65 percent of Corvette buyers will choose the automatics
    - increasing the number of optional transmissions GM will sell.

    Chevrolet has not revealed prices of the new Corvette. So it is unclear if Corvette buyers who want the automatic will pay more than they do now on the current model. The optional six-speed manual now costs $915 more than the standard automatic.

    Production of the coupe will start in July, GM says, and convertible output will begin soon after that. Chevrolet spokesman Bob Tripolsky says GM made the change because most pricey sports cars offer manuals as standard equipment: "It's putting us more in line with where the market competitors are, especially Porsche."

    Rick Daniel, Internet manager at Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Mich., says the 200 customers who have ordered 2005 Corvettes aren't complaining: "Most of your diehard Corvette people are going to want a six-speed (manual) anyway. You're going to hear from the sports and speed enthusiasts first."

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    fuck auto
     
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    The way it damn well should be. :cool:
     
  6. stonedworm

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    Why dont they make it a no charge option if theyre worried about pissing certain buy groups off:dunno:
     
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    RedVVing19 Steve Yzerman > Hockey

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    WHO THE FUCK WOULD BUY A VETTE IN AN AUTOMATIC!!!!!!!!

    what % are sold like that?
     
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    I dunno the #'s but I bet it's a lot
     
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  10. 95YJ

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    automatic vette = stupid
     
  11. g1ock

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    In the 2005 Corvette ordering workbook given to dealers, GM says it expects 65 percent of Corvette buyers will choose the automatics - increasing the number of optional transmissions GM will sell.
     
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    :coold: too bad it will hurt sales, 70 year old ladies want automatics :o
     
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    They shouldnt even offer auto
     
  14. TriShield

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    Nothing wrong with that, and any sports car should have a standard manual transmission. :cool:
     
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    My Vette didn't even have the auto option.
     
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    Yeah, who cares about selling cars!!! :ugh:
     
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    BLoG Scented Meat

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    The corvette isn't some low volume exotic. It's not some limited edition rarity. It's a mass produced car with the reliability and affordability to be a daily driver (even if it isn't the wisest choice for such use).

    Most vette owners don't want a race car, they want a fast and hot looking road car.
     
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    with 400hp and 400ft/lb torque old ladies who only drive automatic should not be behind the wheels of a C6
    the roads are going to get alot more dangerous
     
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    It's :riaa: that they even make it in an auto.
    But what BLoG says. . it's about a profit. . people like to buy the car for appearance.
     
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    no vtec no care :fawk:



    fast pos :bigok:
     
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    :rofl: :werd:
    which is why they should offer it with a V6.
     
  22. Gundam

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    Lots of people want a fast car but don't want to deal with the hassles of driving a manual through heavy traffic. I don't see the problem with that. :dunno: Not everyone is going to be taking their cars to the track.
     
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    They already have the slow and luxurious Caddy XLR for that :cool:
     
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    Toy Turbo 2 Sabrina, don't just stare at it. Eat it.

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    People should get special keys that electronically limit the car to like 50hp unless they can prove they are not retarded :o

    which means 65% of vette owners will fail and 90% of women
     
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