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  • C8 Stingray Article From Reuters

    Interesting for me to be quoted in this one.

    Originally posted by Reuters
    GM's mid-engine Corvette gears up to take on Europeans[/h] Alexandria Sage

    4 MIN READ

    TUSTIN, Calif. (Reuters) - General Motors Co was set on Thursday to unveil its newly designed mid-engine 2020 Corvette in a splashy tribute to its emblematic sports car, even as the No. 1 U.S. automaker faces mounting pressures in a sluggish and uncertain global sales environment.

    The GM logo is seen at the General Motors plant in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio
    Revved up to take on high-performance European rivals with the all-new model dubbed the C8, top GM executives plan a glitzy evening presentation in Orange County outside Los Angeles of the long-awaited eighth generation of the 66-year-old “Vette” to enthusiasts, dealers and media.

    The launch comes at a challenging time for GM, which along with other global carmakers faces slowing sales and new financial pressures related to global trade, electrification and unresolved emission standards.

    Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell said the sports car gives the Detroit automaker a sorely needed shot in the arm after a difficult year.

    “A Corvette is not going to help pad margins the way a Silverado would,” Caldwell said. “But from an image and excitement standpoint ... that halo effect the Corvette fills is unique.”

    The Chevy Silverado full-size pickup truck, a perennial best-seller, ranks among GM’s most profitable vehicles.

    Since 2013, GM has sold over 100,000 C7-model Corvettes in the United States, according to Edmunds. The car ceased production this summer.

    Bidding adieu to the front-engine configuration that has marked the famed two-seater since its appearance in 1953, GM has opted for a mid-engine architecture for better handling and weight distribution, the choice of many European sports carmakers.

    Expected to cost far below the $113,000 starting price for the rear-engine Porsche 911, the Corvette’s price could attract a younger buyer lured in recent years to high performance vehicles from Tesla Inc and others.

    The hangar where the gasoline-fueled Corvette was set to take the stage is less than 40 miles (64 km) from Tesla’s Southern California design center, where Chief Executive Elon Musk in 2017 unveiled a prototype of a new electric Roadster - dubbed “the quickest car in the world” by the automaker.

    Whether the Corvette can generate enough excitement to attract even the loyal buyers of the pricier European brands from Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McClaren and Lotus - remains to be seen.

    GM has teased the launch for months. In April, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra drove a camouflaged C8 Corvette through New York’s Times Square during rush hour in a high-profile tease.

    Almost mythic in the American imagination, the car has been immortalized in television and film from “Route 66” and “Hot Rods to Hell” in the 1960s to “Corvette Summer” in 1978. Even Elvis drove the Corvette Stingray Racer in the 1967 film “Clambake.”

    Ahead of the evening launch inside a vast hangar, Corvette owners planned to mingle at a “Corvette Corral.” One enthusiast set to attend, John Elegant, 72, said he has been waiting since his teenage years for a mid-engine Corvette. Over four years ago, he put down a deposit with a dealer for the C8.

    The co-founder of www.midenginecorvetteforum.com, Elegant purchased his first Corvette, a canary yellow C7, in 1998 after putting his daughters through college.

    “My wife turned to me and said, ‘You waited 35 years, go get your Corvette.’”

    Explaining the Corvette’s lasting appeal, Elegant described it as “an American sports car.”

    “There are other brands that make really good muscle cars, like Mustang, but a Mustang is not a sports car. Sorry, Mustang lovers.”

    Editing by Joe White and Tom Brown
    https://ca.reuters.com/article/busin...CN1UD1H7-OCABS

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    Corvette may never save GM, like Reuters acknowledges, Though in the financial crisis of 2007, Corvette was one of the only divisions of GM in the black. Let's hope it stays there.

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    • #3
      Nice article John! Wow you really had a C7 Prototype in 1998

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      • #4
        I have been driving a C8 inside a C7’s body for three years; no one has even noticed. I have over 100,000 miles on it without a single issue. It has 800 HP, gets 50 MPG, does 1.55 G in the corners, 0-60 in 1.1 seconds, has a 244 MPH top speeds, weights 1,800 pounds, is super comfortable, and has every safety system known to man. It has been a blast. I am excited for you all getting one. And BTW, they start at $19,995 (taxes and license and title and tags included.).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post
          Corvette may never save GM, like Reuters acknowledges, Though in the financial crisis of 2007, Corvette was one of the only divisions of GM in the black. Let's hope it stays there.
          GM made $2,000,000,00 during the C7 generation. The rest of GM is also making money. Not concerned at long as Mary Barra is the CEO/Chairperson of the Board.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by John View Post

            GM made $2,000,000,00 during the C7 generation. The rest of GM is also making money. Not concerned at long as Mary Barra is the CEO/Chairperson of the Board.
            I was talking pre C7 era and the issues they had at the time, pre recession. GM does have the best team I have seen in years and the C8 proves it. It is not the GM team that concerns me for the future, it is the economy that drags good companies and good people to the tranches. Thank God the C8 came when it did.

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