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Corvette Today Podcast: Corvette News/Headlines

With the reveal of the new mid-engine C8 Z06 next week, this CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines episode is a “must listen-to” podcast! https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...OSfY9cINY1UxSw Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, teams up again with Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger.com to bring you the hottest headlines in the world of Corvette…including the latest on the C8 Z06 reveal on October 26th! Here are a few of the topics covered in this podcast:

1. The C8 Z06 will make public debut at the Petersen Automotive Museum on October 26
2. GM makes a change to 2022 Corvette ordered with Z51 and the high wing
3. C8 Corvette ranked 2nd on the list of the fastest selling cars in September 2021
4. C8 E-Rays are testing in Colorado and outside the Nurburgring in Germany
5. A 95 year old WWII veteran is moved to the head of the line to get his 2022 Corvette
6. Mazzanti to build a Corvette-powered Italian supercar with 761 horsepower
7. A truckload of C8’s goes up in flames
8. Watch a video of BGA building right-hand drive C8 Corvettes


You’ll know everything we know when you listen to this CORVETTE TODAY podcast!


Listen here: https://adori.page.link/corvette-today
Watch CORVETTE TODAY on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC...lOPPQ/featured
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C8 Stingray Records Already

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  • C8 Stingray Records Already

    Thanks to CorvetteBlogger and CNET, we have numbers to prove how successful the C8 Stingray’s internet presence has been, starting with the livestream. We since know from many Chevy dealers already being sold out for their entire year’s allocation, that it is far more than just internet, instead translating into buyers placing mega-thousands of deposits on their chosen upcoming 2020 C8.

    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019...for-chevrolet/

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    2020 Corvette Launch Smashes Records for Chevrolet

    By Mitch Talley

    2020 Corvette Launch Smashes Records for Chevrolet

    The numbers are in, and the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette looks like a hit, at least on the Internet.

    Chevy is aiming the new C8 Stingray at a younger audience, one of the reasons for the massive presence on the Web.

    And the carmaker’s hard work is paying off with massive Internet numbers. How many of you raced to your computers to watch the unveiling of the new car on 7-18-19, then shot over to the configurator to design your very own 2020 Corvette?

    That’s what we figured.

    In fact, Chevy says 471,000 people watched the livestream of the mid-engine reveal, even though it was past the bedtime of a good portion of America.



    That was just the beginning. The next day, like many other folks, we experienced the frequent crashing of the configurator as it was overwhelmed by the huge numbers of people trying to design their new car just like they want. Steve Majoros, director of passenger car and crossover marketing for Chevrolet, says the Chevrolet.com website smashed traffic records on the day after the reveal with five times the usual traffic.

    “With a pretty rabid and passionate base, we knew we’d take 24 hours of grief,” Majoros tells Roadshow. “The majority of people got the full [configurator] experience, which is the full 3D experience. We do have a way that the system throttles to what we’re calling a 2D experience [to speed load time]. Once we hit thresholds, we worked with Amazon Web Services very quickly to double our server capacity.”



    Traffic has remained heavy. Through the end of July, the C8’s Chevrolet.com landing page has seen 2.4 million visits, including 750,000 in the first 72 hours after the unveiling. In addition, about 1.3 million users had tried out the Corvette’s Visualizer, and we have to admit we’ve been right there with you. In fact, visitors to the site have already built more than 940,000 Corvettes and spent 152,000+ hours making their dream Corvette. What’s your favorite color? (Our only suggestion is that Chevy figure out a way to make the pictures more realistic as far as the actual color goes – perhaps with photos of real cars available at the end of the rendering. We’re not sure a configurated car is always going to look the same in the flesh.)


    Of course, it’s no surprise that enthusiasts are using the configurator so much.

    “Corvette, as a vehicle, has always been about personalization and bespoke and customization — making it yours,” Majoros tells Roadshow. “We wouldn’t be having this call if this was [a] Malibu or Equinox, right? [With those vehicles] we’ve got like 40 build combinations … we have probably infinite build combinations [with Corvette], because that’s what customers want. They want a car that’s uniquely theirs … it’s not a surprise that people are building and saving multiple versions.”

    While Rapid Blue and Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic have emerged as the two most popular color choices, Majoros says that probably won’t translate into actual sales. We’re sure a lot of people have also looked at Accelerate Yellow and Zeus Bronze with no intention of buying such a car. They’re just curious to see what the colors look like.


    The website isn’t the only place for information about the new Stingray, though.

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    Chevy has gone all outwith a special call center task force comprised of highly trained customer call center workers who can answer just about any question thrown at them.

    They’ve been trained in engineering, dealers, history, allocation, ordering, speccing, specifications, “anything that we think could come our way,” Majoros says.

    Five of these “concierge” task force members are on duty at any given time and are ready and willing to answer your questions 12 hours a day, with the average phone call said to last 15 minutes but sometimes more than an hour.

    “I want these people to be your Nordstrom concierge. I want them to know you, basically be your personal shopper,” Majoros says.



    We’ll know soon whether all this Internet presence translates into increased sales and decreased customer ages, but based on the reaction so far, we’d be willing to bet that Chevy may have finally found a way to make younger folks buy Corvettes, too.


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    I'd estimate half of my visits to the Visualizer are because of answering questions on this forum. I may be reasonably confident in the info, but I want to double-check just to make sure I'm passing on the correct details before posting. Same for using the Order Guide.

    My apologies to GM if I've skewed the stats a bit.

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    • #3
      In looking at the red car above with the passenger door open, it appears to me that the door opening is very large, making it easier to swing legs in and out from the seated position. That would be good for those among us with arthritic knees.

      Unfortunately, the 2500 or so enthusiasts at MacMulkin afforded me no opportunity to try to get in, so obviously no opportunity to get out either. Anyone care to comment on ingress/egress and the door opening?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Klinn View Post
        I'd estimate half of my visits to the Visualizer are because of answering questions on this forum. I may be reasonably confident in the info, but I want to double-check just to make sure I'm passing on the correct details before posting. Same for using the Order Guide.

        My apologies to GM if I've skewed the stats a bit.
        They track the cookies they've place on your computer, so they know the difference between you visiting 50 times and 50 people visiting once.
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        Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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        • #5
          The Corvette has always acted as a testing ground for GM, trying out new technologies and advances on a smaller scale which may then spread to other vehicles in their line up. That may well be true of this model introduction as well.

          With GM seeing how a live-streamed reveal, online visualizer, and knowledgeable concierges can work together to rapidly spread information and build enthusiasm, I wouldn't be surprised to see them try to use similar techniques for future products. Granted, a new minivan might not have as rabid a fan base as the Corvette, but there might still be valuable lessons here for brand managers.

          But GM, for the next live-stream, get rid of Flash for heaven's sake. It's 2019, who the heck uses Flash any more? It's a security nightmare. I had to dig up an old computer out of the basement to be able to watch the live-stream.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
            They track the cookies they've place on your computer, so they know the difference between you visiting 50 times and 50 people visiting once.
            That's true, but I'm sure they also are interested in tracking the number of repeat visits to analyze usage patterns. And you'll note that most of their stats do not indicate if they are derived from uniques or repeat visitors. The usual PR practice.
            Last edited by Klinn; 08-11-2019, 08:32 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Klinn View Post

              That's true, but I'm sure they also are interested in tracking the number of repeat visits to analyze usage patterns. And you'll note that most of their stats do not indicate if they are derived from uniques or repeat visitors. The usual PR practice.
              Yes, it's hard to know exactly what they are reporting.
              Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

              Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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