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GM should (still) kill the Corvette

7/14/2009 01:00 PM EDT
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William Miller
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William Miller   1/15/2013 2:46:27 PM
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New Corvette C7, released few days ago, is to show everybody that it's not yet time to go. It has a memorable past and still lots in future. William - http://www.carid.com/

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someEmbeddedGuy   8/4/2009 4:12:40 PM
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I own a Porsche and would rather own a Vette which I can take it to the local Chevy dealer for service and no matter where I travel can find someone that knows how to work on a Chevy V8... Anyone that looks down on the Corvette hasn't looked at the Z06 and its' impressive performance specs. European sports cars are cool to look at and drive and certainly turn heads because they are unique, but if you have a practical bone in your body, the Corvette is certainly worth considering.

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Quickbadger   7/23/2009 3:24:16 PM
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I think you are on to something with the lower priced sports car to be an entry point for young consumers. Back in my youth Chevy Novas, Dodge Dusters, Chevelles, etc... were the choice cars of kids (I had a '74 Plymouth Scamp with a 318). They were sporty and stylish with good performance; but mainly, they could be had for <$1000. These first cars start to form the mindset about vehicles that will be taken into adulthood. Kids today are buying low performance imports and trying to squeeze performance out of them. That's not likely because of some great shift of perception that low end imports are great; it's because that is all they can afford and they are easy to work on. American cars of the last decade or so have been uninspiring and are usually a challenge to repair or modify. It should come as no surprise to Detroit (although it does) that these young consumers are going to grow up to be big import fans. I still think the high end corvette is valuable to give the entry sports car a viable image as well as for R&D investment. The 'heritage' aspect of the 'vette would sell the entry model. Who would you rather buy an entry sports car from given an equivalent price: Yugo or Chevy?

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RocketScientist   7/22/2009 6:09:11 PM
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Really wrong and stupid articles are common on EETimes. IT's a leftwing, Obama fawning, Microsoft loving, money grubbing site.

Oh no the smoke got out
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Oh no the smoke got out   7/22/2009 2:57:12 AM
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I can't stand this anymore, I have to say my piece. Here in the land downunder, I drive a GM Commodore, it's big enough to carry 5 adults in comfort, I'd guess similar to the modern Impala. I get pretty decent fuel economy from a straightforward V6 engine considering the vehicle size and mass. And yet, I look at the current Corvette and wonder what it would feel like to be in command of one of these magnificent thundering monsters which can achieve similar fuel economy to my family sedan when driven normally - and yet, when asked to deliver the goods, leave no doubt in anybody's mind that this is indeed a machine to be reckoned with. Excuse the passion, but passion is what a Corvette is all about, the inimitable sound of an angry V8, the street cred even when they are standing still. Kill the Corvette? Not possible, go to any Corvette show in Australia - or probably anywhere in the world, you will see everything from modern beasts back to the mouth-wateringly desirable early roadsters - they may be standard, lovingly restored or wildly customised, but they are all owned and gazed upon with passion. I hope before I die, I find myself in a financial position to own a Corvette simply because of what it is. Maybe one day, the technology may be forced to change, but Morry, you headlined "GM should kill the Corvette" which suggests the model should be discontinued, so you should expect the passionate ones to vilify you for the statement. Long live the passion, long live the Corvette! Oh, and in my stable I would include: '57 Belair Sports Coupe - convertible would be nice, '63 Impala SS and '67 Camaro SS both in big block thanks - simply because of what they are. Anyway, have a good day to all readers, and keep the fires alight to the passionate ones.

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mlbitting   7/21/2009 2:31:30 PM
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What Morry Marshall does not understand is that the Corvette brings customers into the GM show rooms! It is also the place where new technology can be tried and refined and handed down to the standard sedans. For example in 1965 Corvette added 4 wheel disc brakes, which are now an industry standard and with the C5 series they added stability control which uses accelerometers, and individual wheel braking to keep the car heading in the direction that the steering is pointing. Several decades ago they developed fuel injection that is another industry standard and greatly reduces harmful emissions and improves milage. These are only a few of the firsts that appeared on the Corvette. The costs of inovation have been paid for by buyers of Corvettes so that the average American can have the benefits of a safer, more fuel efficient and less expensive car.

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zl167   7/21/2009 2:16:48 PM
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You talk about the mistakes GM has made with leveraging component, subsystem, and platform reuse across their brands. Every automotive manufacture does this. Look at Toyota / Lexus, Honda / Acura, Nissan / Infiniti, Ford / Lincoln / Mercury. That has nothing to do with this. The fundamental issue with all US automotive manufactures was that they got complacent when they owned the US market and let quality suffer. Once that perception is ingrained into the consumer base, it is extremely difficult to recover. The perceived quality of their products today still hurts them today. They must remake their image with very innovative products. The Corvette team has done that and that is why it is a successful product for Chevrolet. Why would you drop a profitable product?

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Avagadro   7/15/2009 8:37:38 PM
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I agree with most all of the posts. THe US finally has a world class high performance car with a huge price advantage over the imports and the M and M has the nads to take a shot at it!!! Find something controversial to post; you are getting your proverbial clock cleaned on this one! Ah, is that a ROLEX you are wearing to go along with your 911?

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jpl1040   7/15/2009 5:30:16 PM
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Corvette needs to be SOLD, as it is a profitable car to produce. Some other company can make a success of it as a stand alone business. GM is going to die. The president sold out GM for the union (against bondholders). Extracting itself from long term UAW commitments was the whole point of bankruptcy, and the sole hope for a future GM. With the union now the benefactor of the bankruptcy we have two options left for GM - a quick death or a slow and expensive bureaucratic wind down where they make politically correct cars no one wants at taxpayer expense for 10 years. Traditional GM buyers (of which I am one) will not buy from Government Motors. And non-GM buyers will not be swayed to purchasing a Government Motors car just because they like to vote Democrat, or like the socialist model. They will continue to buy Japanese and European cars. So we'll see forced fleet purcases of the Pelosi-mobile to city/state/fed employees to prop up our local Trabant-like econocars. After a few hundred billion dollars have gone to the UAW to build those junk cars, eventually someone will shut it down. And then we'll just have a few million rusting econo-car hulks in landfills, created by an impulse of congress and the president to be environment-sensitive.

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kcars784   7/15/2009 3:46:53 PM
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Last time I went into a retail establishment the customer was right. So if he or she wants to buy a Corvette they should be able to. The democrats want us to build and sell cars that are unsellable because people don't want them. How long can a business survive selling blue widgets when the customer wants yellow ones?????? GM has built cars that get 30+ mpg and last for 200000 miles for more than 20yrs. Why does the media continue to accept cash from foreign car makers to promote their vechiles while slamming US auto makers???

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