Gm shelves the C7 corvette indefinitely

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  1. losbastardos

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    http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081016/FREE/810169981/1065


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    Corvette Racing's C6.R won the American Le Mans Series' inaugural Green Challenge competition at Petit Le Mans, but General Motors' troubles with the type of green that really matters have thrown the Corvette's future into disarray.

    Multiple sources confirm that the General's financial crisis has led the company to put whatever plans it had for the next-generation Corvette on indefinite hold, with no official or set timetable.

    In this climate--we've even heard tales of janitors removing lightbulbs from corporate headquarters in an effort to save money--not only is an all-new C7 now more than just a few years away, but even a significantly refreshed or upgraded C6 looks unlikely to appear anytime soon.

    One version of the story says that when the decision was made to shelve the C7 for the time being, a plan was suggested to upgrade the C6 significantly in 2012 as a '13 model. Today's Corvette would be eight years old at that point and as much as 12 years old by the time the upgraded car was finally phased out in favor of the C7. Had this occurred, the C6 would have gone down as tied with the C4 generation as the second-longest-serving model in Corvette history. As things stand, multiple sources say this idea also is dead.

    Perhaps the most disconcerting thing for fans is not that a new car has been delayed but that GM leadership does not appear to have a clear roadmap for the Corvette's future. On the other hand, no one has suggested that the model is in danger of becoming extinct. While the Corvette is the most visible GM product to enthusiasts and therefore the subject of much speculation, the fact is that GM's entire product port-folio was under review as of press time.

    "Whether [you are talking about] the C6 or C7, I'm not going to comment on future product [specifics], including engines or any of that," Corvette vehicle-line executive Tom Wallace told AutoWeek. "We're still working on future Corvettes, but the scope of change is not yet decided. There are changes, some neat stuff, coming for 2010 that I can't talk about yet."

    However, Wallace did not imply that those changes would cause anyone to consider the 2010 C6 to be a new car. He also denied that there ever was a specific year targeted for the C7's launch. And he acknowledged that new-in-2007 federal standards pushing corporate average fuel economy to 35 mpg by 2020 are playing a role in determining the layout and hardware of the next-generation Corvette but stressed that the issue "hasn't inhibited Corvettes. No one is saying we're not doing Corvettes. We're still bullish on Corvettes."

    Asked whether there was any chance that the car could die, Wallace was emphatic. "No way," he said.

    But with the next car's characteristics not even decided and GM in financial disarray, we don't anticipate the next incarnation of America's sports car to bow before 2014--and we won't be surprised if that estimate turns out to be optimistic.



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  2. losbastardos

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    I R not trishield
     
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    there's one relevant sentence in the entire article
     
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    ok :ugh:
     
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    threeclaws R.I.P.

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    I like the C6, don't really care if they don't make a C7 anytime soon, if ever, as long as they don't stop making the cars :dunno:
     
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    I worry that they'll just sell the C6 until sales drop and it'll be the slow, painful death of the corvette.
     
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    Never.

    GM needs to go bankrupt and kill itself down to Chevy/Corvette and Cadillac first.

    However, the C7 will come out eventually. I mean, it's going to parade around in Transformers 2.
     
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    there have been rumors for awhile. They also say they nixed the mid engine.
     
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    The C6 is an awesome car and there really isn't any competition in terms of bang for your buck. It still looks hot as fuck too.

    I don't see any reason for them to hurry.
     
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    threeclaws R.I.P.

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    I would have to assume that the Corvette will die when GM does...and even then I wouldn't be surprised if it spun off into its own boutique brand.
     
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    Mid engine Vette is still my dream :wtc:
     
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    The NSX went for 15 years this shouldnt be an issue :hsugh:
     
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    the C6 is a fine car
    the quality is mediocre.
     
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    I've heard TriShield talking about the nixed mid-engine since I first joined OT.

    Corvette/GM will not die, ever. They'll pull a few Apples (die, and come back under new mgmt.), but they will never completely die.

    Ford, probably not either. However, I expect Chrysler to resell Jeep and Dodge/Chrysler WILL probably die.
     
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    and don't get me wrong, there is no more fun to be had for the price tag than a C6, especially used, especially right now.
    I've driven faster cars, but I haven't driven more fun cars.
     
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    That's what happened to Hummer(sort of), and what will probably happen to Viper. Hummer has already been sold off, and Dodge is asking $50m for Viper.

    I'd prefer that GM stick around, if only for the sake of the Corvette. If GM sold the Corvette name, I can't begin to imagine an asking price. So much history and so much potential at the same time.
     
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    sweet, the new 2015 corvette SUV :rofl:
     
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    JM Popaleetus OT Supporter

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    It pretty much IS its own brand, only, it's just sold via Chevrolet.

    It especially is in every other country.
     
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    the day they stop assembling them in kentucky I don't know that you can consider it a vette anymore :sad2:
     
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    GM is fucked
     
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    time for a "green" turbo diesel 6 cyl vette. :mamoru:
     
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    Hummer should have remained military.

    GM will never sell Corvette off.
     
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    they're actually considering a V6 option :wtc:
     
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    MAD PUNK inDC Sic Semper Tyrannis

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    yeah thats exactly what GM needs, yet another brand. :uh:
     

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