Category: News Briefs Published on Monday, 14 January 2013 08:42 Written by WWJ
DETROIT — (WWJ) General Motors has taken the wraps off of the long awaited seventh generation Corvette.
“We changed everything,” said Corvette chief engineer Tadge Jeuchter. “We redesigned pretty much every part on the car to make it better.”
GM says the new Corvette will have 450 horsepower, with better fuel economy than the current sixth generation version.
It will also carry the classic Stingray name, for the first time in fifty years.
“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”
But, Reuss, who has owned many Corvettes over his life, says this is about a lot more than sheet metal.
“What you see here today is spiritual and emotional for the whole company.”
Reuss says the Corvette was a vehicle that GM workers could rally around as they moved from bankruptcy to a newly profitable company.
“A lot of people needed something to really believe in here,” he said. “This car is something that all of us in the company believe in.”
Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray at a special invitation only event on the eve of the North American International Auto Show. It will be part of a special auto show display that includes all seven generations of the vehicle.
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