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    WHAT THE MID-ENGINE CORVETTE CAN LEARN FROM THE PONTIAC FIERO

    A cautionary tale from America's first mid-engine production car
    CHEVROLET CORVETTE NEWS
    SHARE: by Words: Scott Evans Photos: Manufacturer July 05, 2019



    First Impression is Lasting Impression. GM should release the Best C8 car first.

    Should not rely upon Business School MBA theories of Salami Slicing and Resaturating the market annually with slightly improved updates.

    FIRST IMPRESSION IS LASTING IMPRESSION

    BRAND! BRAND! BRAND!!!
    Put the C8 Brand on the mimd


    DON'T GET HUNG-UP ON SALES FIGURES




    The Fiero was an instant hit when it launched, but a small number of engine fires in the first-year cars and the unfortunate similarity between the words "Fiero" (which means "very proud" in Italian and "fierce" or "ferocious" in Spanish) and "fire" ruined the car's reputation and its sales momentum. Sales dropped from nearly 137,000 in 1984 to less than 27,000 in 1988, leading to its cancellation. Never mind it was still outselling a number of other GM vehicles (including the Corvette, which had seen its sales drop by half in the same time period), the numbers were dropping too fast and GM's board got nervous. Its death helped contribute to the axiom that GM kills cars as soon as it gets them right. VIEW 70 PHOTOS
    The mid-engine Corvette will alienate some Corvette fans. If it costs significantly more than the current car, it's going to price some people out of the market. Chevrolet is used to selling tens of thousands of Corvettes in a good year, way more than any other sports car on the market. It'll sell fewer mid-engine cars, and the board needs to keep its nerve when the sales figures drop. GM isn't going to cancel the Corvette, of course, but nervous bean-counters might try to scale back future plans to save money, putting upcoming variants at risk and hurting the Corvette's reputation. \



    [This is redacted above]
    Last edited by SheepDog; 07-05-2019, 08:52 AM.

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    What if that first impression is that Corvettes are now too expensive for we financial mortals?

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    • #3
      Do one that negates that impression at the same time. Do 2. Do two in 1.

      Or do one that accomplishes both.

      Just an idea not a religion. Just a sentence not a sermon. But may as well think it out loud People think it a silently.

      Just say it and get screamed at

      Follow the first with an immediate second. Do the first as a edition of 20 an auction them Whatever which way of many will do.

      Do it as a demo. Anything but , tease, hid and seek.
      Last edited by SheepDog; 07-05-2019, 08:43 AM.

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      • #4
        Sheepdog, Thank You for reminding me of the Fiero, My family had a Pontiac Dealership at that time in space. You may have answered your question within your post. not sure. The reason GM starts with a basic car then adds upgrades is they start with high production, no incentives and as sales dwindle they create excitement in the Corvette with engine upgrades. Also they want the cars to prove themselves before excessive power plants.. I took one of those Fiero's with the 6 CYL a 3.8 ltr, a very good engine and sooped it up and got a Ferrari Kit and it looked just like a 356 to the unknown. It was a really nea little Ferrari for $4,000. About as much as I would pay for a real one, lol

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        • #5
          They'll always release the low end model first because it enables them to sell the base C8 to buyers who can't wait for a ZO6, but still intend to buy a ZO6 later.

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          • #6
            Exactly. I am exacting that target audience, in that I am buying the first year one asap, but will then sell it and buy a Z06 version ASAP.

            This is the same marketing model as Ferrari, Lambo, Porsche and many others follow, i.e., the first of the new 2020, 911’s is their lowest powered version — that just came onto the market.

            Of course that doesn’t mean I too wish it were the opposite, that I could immediately get a 2020 Z06 ME.
            Last edited by John; 07-05-2019, 10:30 AM.
            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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            • #7
              We could wait till the ZO6 came out but it is more fun and worth the cost of a little depreciation to be the first kids on the block, not to mention the car shows with the first and latest new toys. When I was younger I was more frugal with money, now when it comes to cars. I say GO FOR IT. THEY SAY ' Can't take it with you' And I say " The Inbreds ain't worth leaving all that money too"

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              • #8
                As my friend says, “what do you want to be, the richest person in the graveyard?”
                GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                • #9
                  OH Boy, I wish they would release the higher horse variant on July 18th!!! But, it won't happen. I hope I can restrain myself from buying the first year and then trading up. I'm sure the base car will be a terrific performer right out of the box. The best (Beast) is yet to come.

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                  • #10
                    I wish they would introduce the Grand Sport-equivalent at the same time.

                    When I look at the C7 base & GS, the GS comes with all sorts of things that I want (Z-51, MRC, NPP, etc) and if I add the options I want to a base Stingray it comes out only a couple thousand bucks cheaper than a GS. Might as well go all the way and get the widebody too! It would also have better resale value than a loaded base model.

                    However, I have resigned myself to initially getting the base C8 (optioned up) and seeing what sort of GS-type model is introduced later. Not exactly a horrible proposition.

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                    • #11
                      I going to jump into the pond as soon as my number come up at the Chevy store. It's kinda' like a computer, iPhone or apple watch..... The next one out is always going to be better, have more features, etc. Life is too short to spend time waiting on the sidelines.
                      2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

                      Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur

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                      • #12
                        Me too, still got my health and almost retired, can’t think of a better time than now...life is good!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tooold2race View Post
                          I going to jump into the pond as soon as my number come up at the Chevy store. It's kinda' like a computer, iPhone or apple watch..... The next one out is always going to be better, have more features, etc. Life is too short to spend time waiting on the sidelines.
                          Originally posted by Lexterrae View Post
                          Me too, still got my health and almost retired, can’t think of a better time than now...life is good!
                          IMO, lots of wisdom in these two posts. As some of you know, I unexpectedly lost a friend two weeks ago. Life is **** short.
                          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                          • #14
                            Sorry to hear of your loss John. Seems all of the concerts I’ve been to lately have been the singer’s “final tour.” Mortality is keen to remind us not to always wait for the “bigger/better deal” and pull the trigger while you can still enjoy! Can’t wait until GM accepts my order!

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                            • #15
                              After my wife totally recovered from a brain aneurysm and subsequent 10 hr. brain operation in 1988 we promised ourselves that we would never be in a position where we said “ WE WISH WE HAD.......”. So far so good, we hope to continue our C7 adventures with the ME ASAP, even if it will be almost a year away.

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