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Interview with Tadge Juechter

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:48 PM - by elegant
Free wheeling interview with Tadge Juechter.

Corvette Chief Engineer on Why You Won’t See a Self-Driving Sports Car

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With 37 years at GM, Tadge Juechter offers a long-view perspective on the auto industry. (By Jonathan Xavier).

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Tadge Juechter, Corvette's chief engineer. | Andrew Trahan Photography
Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter never intended to work for General Motors. A teenage summer job on the assembly line had soured him on auto manufacturing, and Juechter said he couldn’t see himself at a big company where he was just another cog in the machine.

Yet when a college friend asked Juechter to accompany him to an interview there, he went along and interviewed himself, mostly on a lark. To his surprise, he got the job.

That was 37 years ago.

Since then, Juechter (MBA, ’86) has climbed his way up the ladder at GM, spending the past 20 years working on its flagship sports car, Corvette. In 2006, he became just the fifth chief engineer in the storied automobile’s 62-year history. In that role, he has final authority on the direction of one of the world’s most iconic car brands, and was the driving force behind 2014’s lap-time—obliterating Stingray C7, for which he was named Automobile Magazine’s Man of the Year.

Even with all the accolades, Juechter hasn’t been able to entirely escape the manufacturing work he dreaded in his youth. Like all engineers at Corvette, he spends at least one day a year at the company’s plant in Kentucky, working on the assembly line. With the benefit of experience, Juechter says he now finds it informative.

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The September 2015 Stingray of the Month Contest winner is SEXC-C7

Sep 29, 2015 - 3:34 PM - by wicked

The September 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month contest winner is none other than SEXC-C7! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and to all those who voted. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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1st C7.R Replica@ Barrett-Jackson

Sep 22, 2015 - 10:56 PM - by elegant
1st C7.R Replica will be sold at Barrett-Jackson. Will it become yours?

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Following its tradition of auctioning first VIN Corvettes with proceeds going to charity, we are pleased to see that the first 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R edition will be offered this weekend at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction held at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.

The newest special edition Corvette is also one of the best we’ve seen lately from the Corvette team. The Z06 C7.R Edition is jam packed with options and content. Featuring a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package and a 3LZ equipment group, the C7.R Edition is available in both Black and Corvette Racing Yellow and it can be ordered as either a Coupe or Convertible.

Chevy is only making 650 C7.R edition with 500 available domestically. Previous “Corvette Racing” editions like the ALMS GT1 Championship Corvettes from 2009 continue to be targets for collectors who have a passion for the race team.

Proceeds from the sale of the first VIN 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will go directly to benefit the College of Creative Studies, a Detroit-based private four-year college that offers degrees in fine arts. Many automotive designers and creative types in Detroit went to “The College” and GM’s Design Chief Ed Welburn said this about the school who benefited from the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe with VIN 001 that was offered back in January 2013:

“When you think about the designers of this car. And the sculptors of this car. And the designers of all the cars here at Barrett-Jackson. Where did they come from? Many of them came from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. One of the finest design schools, not only in America, but in the world and that’s where the money is
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Right Hand Drive Corvette?

Sep 18, 2015 - 6:56 PM - by elegant
Certainly not in America, but highly probable for Austrailia and other parts of the world -- a major about face for GM!

GM Promising New Approach on Engineering its Vehicles for Right Hand Drive!

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The decision won’t affect American customers, but General Motors says it has changed its corporate philosophy to include the engineering of right-hand drive capabilities in certain vehicles from the beginning.

While that switch won’t help customers in places like Australia that might be candidates for the current Camaro and Silverado if they were RHD, it does offer hope in the future that such vehicles could show up some day in The Land Down Under.

As GM Global President Dan Ammann told motoring.com.au at the Frankfurt motor show overnight:

“For a long time it [right-hand drive business cases] has been looked at on a very individual approach, which was we would develop something and then say the cost to do right-hand drive is prohibitive.

“The philosophical change is that from the outset on most major programs we are going to build in right from the beginning the capability for right-hand drive so that then entry-by-entry the decision to do it is not as expensive

“So that is a philosophical change. We are going from a piecemeal approach to a serve all markets approach.

“I think it is realization that the only way to do this the right way is to make the philosophical decision from the beginning to put the engineering enablers into the vehicles from the beginning.”

The decision comes too late to keep Holden from having an affordable V8 once the Commodore ends production in 2017. As we reported earlier this week, rumor has it that the Corvette will become the halo car for Holden with its next generation, though estimated to cost more than $100,000.

In the meantime, the Ford Mustang will apparently be left to battle it out with high-performance versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger in the low-cost V8 market. GM CEO Mary Barra explained her company’s... [Read More]
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Watch The Emotion of This Lady Who is First Time on Bracket Race in 2015 Corvette Z06

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:41 AM - by TorqueNews
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One of our readers Angie Weaver graciously shared with us the video of her first bracket race in their 2015 Corvette Z06, and it's rather emotional. This story and video is originally published at TorqueNews.com under the title Girl's First and Emotional Bracket Race in 2015 Corvette Z06.

"A friend won her first one on a 2014 Ford Flex and she cried each pass, realized a dream", says Angie. "It was much different feeling than winning a grudge race. It surprised me," she writes.

Here is Angie in her own words.

This was my first bracket race in our 2015 Corvette Z06. It was an all girls race at Spokane County Raceway. I had raced many heads up grudge races, but this was much more emotional. I wasn't expecting to feel such emotion. When I lined up I had anxiety. By the time I staged, it had left my mind completely and I was able to focus on the race. I watched the other car leave and it seemed to take forever for my lights to start going down the tree. I stabbed the gas and just waited and reeled her in. When I launched, it felt like there was no way I could catch her much less pass her, but sure enough I caught her. Hubby had told me to let off or brake when I got around her so I did.
Our Corvette Z06 has 390 passes on it since March 16 and I have driven about a third of those. This video is from the on board performance data recorder.

The excitement of winning was amazing. I felt like jumping for joy and crying all at the same time. I felt bad for the girl I beat, but boy was I happy to go on to the next round?
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Mary Barra Named # 1 By Forbes On Its Most Powerful Women List!

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:44 PM - by elegant
She has had one exceptionally difficult first 1 2/3's years as CEO, yet she steadily and exceptionally keeps moving GM's out of it's past morass and into the future. And she has great taste, as evidenced by her choosing to drive a Z06/Z07 convertible!

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General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra has been crowned tops in a new Fortune magazine list of the Most Powerful Women.

The Detroit automaker’s top executive since early 2014, Barra, 53, was cited by Fortune for leading the carmaker “out from under the shadow of its 2014 ignition-switch recall.”

The ignition-switch recall tied to 124 deaths has cost GM billions of dollars and it faces multiple lawsuits and investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, 50 state attorneys general and Transport Canada.

“In recent months she has beaten back headwinds from weak international markets, as sales of expensive trucks and SUVs have soared,” Fortune said. “Barra was one of the few female CEO participants in the viral #ilooklikeanengineer Twitter campaign, which promoted women in tech.”

She also recently joined Facebook.

Barra ranked No. 2 on the same list a year ago. In this year’s list, she beat out women such as Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Ginni Rometty, CEO of chairman and president of IBM, and even singer Taylor Swift, who ranked No. 51.

GM CEO Mary Barra No. 1 on Fortune Most Powerful Women list
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