Biggest Dealer: Z06's @ MSRP!

Sep 05, 2014 - 8:48 AM - by elegant
Kerbeck Corvettes, the nations largest Corvette dealer, announced today that they are selling their over 260, 2015 Z06's at MSRP. While dealers with less integrity will still set "market adjustments" at huge amounts, by Kerbeck selling at MSRP, this will help many more purchasers , nationwide, buy at list. Thanks Kerbeck for doing the right thing! Thank you Dave Salvatore for sharing this positive news!


While they are many other top dealers which are also showing integrity and selling at MSRP, the "gouging" has already started, with more than a few dealers announcing that they will be charging above MSRP. Expect Southern California and Florida dealers to be the most egregious, with some predicting we will see $50,000 over list at some of those stealers.

For more info on Kerbeck selling Z06's:

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum/...html#post80088
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C7 Corvette Stingray Costs Over $273k USD in China

Sep 03, 2014 - 6:59 PM - by TorqueNews
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Would you ever consider paying a huge grey market markup for a car like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in China?

General Motors does not currently market the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in the Chinese market, but thanks to grey market importers, there are a few new Corvettes available for sale in China – which will set you back at least $273,237 American dollars based on the current conversion rates, reports Patrick Rall from TorqueNews.com.

The Chinese automotive market is chock full of prospective buyers who want high end, high performance foreign sports cars and while you would think that the modern Chevrolet Corvette Stingray would be an ideal American car to answer the demand for foreign opulence; the Stingray is not sold by General Motors. Fortunately, there are some companies in China who are importing and selling the C7 Corvette Stingray as – while it isn’t sold by any GM affiliated dealerships like it is here in the US – it is legal for road use and that makes the new Corvette in China a “grey market” vehicle.

The Grey Market Explained
When cars are imported from another market because they are not sold in that market, they are known as grey market vehicles because, unlike “black market” items, these vehicles are legal for sale…they just aren’t marketed for sale by the company that normally markets them. The new Corvette Stingray isn’t illegal, it just isn’t sold by GM so we refer to it as a grey market car.

The grey market exists in pretty much every country where the automotive industry is very strong and one example of a grey market car here in the United States would be the 1996-1998 Nissan Skyline. This high performance sports car was built for a handful of markets including Japan and the UK, but it was never offered by Nissan in the US. The Skyline has a storied racing tradition overseas and that caused many American Nissan lovers to want a Skyline in their driveway so a company called Motorex went through the steps to get select Skyline... [Read More]
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Corvette Pummels Viper, Bests All Porsche Cars in August Sales

Sep 03, 2014 - 6:54 PM - by TorqueNews
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Do you think that sales of the Chevrolet Corvette and the newer 2015 models will improve or decline as we get into the colder months?

"I have crunched the numbers for August 2014 sales and although Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sales dipped a bit last month, GM still sold enough C7 Corvettes to both crush the Dodge Viper and outsell the entire lineup of Porsche cars – making the Stingray once again the bestselling premium sports car sold in the USA," writes Patrick Rall from TorqueNews.com in today's story.

While the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger are the three bestselling performance cars/sports cars (definitions may vary by opinion) in the US auto market, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has long been the bestselling premium performance car/sports car sold in America. The Corvette faces off against the likes of the Dodge Viper, the Porsche 911 and pretty much everything else from Europe and in the past, the Corvette has beaten all of those models with ease. Now that the C7 Stingray has arrived, the Corvette is handing out a monthly sales beating with numbers that can almost rival the muscle cars – and that beating continued in August 2014 even though the Corvette had a slow month.

Corvette Versus America
First off, in the battle of American high performance sports cars, the battle is between the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Dodge Viper since Ford hasn’t offered a 2-door, 2-seat sports car since the GT was killed off back in 2006. In August 2014, the Corvette handed another unmerciful beating to the Dodge Viper last month, outselling the Viper by a margin of 2,679 to just 38. This means that GM sold 70 times more Corvettes than Chrysler sold Vipers…70 times more. With 25 selling days in August, GM sold around 107 Corvettes each day last month on average so there were likely more Corvettes sold on August 1st than there were Vipers sold in the entire month. Mind you, the Viper costs more than twice as much as the Corvette so... [Read More]
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Echoes of a long-dead Corvette plant in the powder keg of Ferguson

Sep 03, 2014 - 5:17 PM - by NickJ

For two weeks, I’d watched from Michigan as Ferguson, Missouri erupted in violence. Cable news tickertape says it’s a war zone. My Midwestern sensibilities tell me it’s always okay to come home, so I aimed R&T’s long-term C7 Corvette Stingray towards North St. Louis County.

The 520-mile overnight trek from Ann Arbor slips past in two chunks, punctuated only by single-attendant gas stations in Battle Creek and Alton, Illinois. There’s not much to see in between, but plenty of time to think. An embossed placard above the Stingray’s shifter reads: “Built in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.”

St. Louis is a difficult place to explain. During its heyday as a boomtown for industrial migration, mixed-race factory workforces weren’t uncommon, but all-white housing covenants were stringently enforced. The Shelley v. Kraemer US Supreme Court case, which effectively disallowed explicitly racist housing codes in 1948, originated from a disputed two-story masonry at 4600 Labadie Avenue. Housing covenants fell away in the 1950s. By and large, St. Louisans’ were too quaint for defiance. Instead, they left.

White flight from downtown accelerated around the time of the Shelley verdict. A de facto race line replaced legal segregation, driving a stake between St. Louis City and St. Louis County, with resources falling towards the latter in staggering disproportion. Inadequate public transportation, gerrymandered districting, and circumspect zoning policies all insured wealth discrepancy between the areas became an incredible, and insurmountable, plateau. Separate tax structures. Separate police forces. Separate schools. A fragmented St. Louis of Haves and Have-nots, often synonymous with white and black as a consequence of geographical composition, swelled westward.

Even so, a handful of communities straddling the northern edge of this fault line—among them Hazelwood, Florissant, and Ferguson—proved unique. They had nearby factories and infrastructure and manpower, an expansive socioeconomic palate anchored by thousands of blue-collar heads of household. Things here were okay, and this is where the Stingray was born.

Humid midnight eases into a summer dawn as the C7 rumbles by... [Read More]
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Top Dealer Sales: '14 Calendar Year

Sep 03, 2014 - 3:24 PM - by elegant
Note that these are January 1-September 2 Corvette top dealer sales (all categories). For those who haven't heard this other interesting stat, 2014 model year StingRay sales equaled the entire sales for previous years 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Calendar Year to Date Report
Total Retail Deliveries (Retail + Retail Direct) Corvette
KERBECK CADILLAC CHEVROLET BUICK GMC 865
MAC MULKIN CHEVROLET CADILLAC 667
LES STANFORD CHEVROLET CADILLAC INC. 427
CRISWELL CHEVROLET, INC. 343
RICK HENDRICK CHEVROLET 338
COUGHLIN AUTOMOTIVE, LLC 330
STINGRAY CHEVROLET 188
CLASSIC CHEVROLET, LTD. 170
LORENZO BOMNIN CHEVROLET 161
VAN CHEVROLET 158
HENDRICK CHEVROLET SHAWNEE MISSION 157
ROSS DOWNING CHEVROLET, INC. 157
HENDRICK CHEVROLET 151
BOARDWALK CHEVROLET 147
BILL STASEK CHEVROLET, INC. 138
KEVIN WHITAKER CHEVROLET CADILLAC 128
BUDS CHEVROLET-BUICK, INC. 127
RICK HENDRICK CHEVROLET OF BUFORD 125
JON HALL CHEVROLET, INC. 118
CLASSIC CHEVROLET 118
DAVID STANLEY CHEVROLET OF NORMAN 117
PAUL MASSE CHEVROLET, INC. 113
JIM ELLIS CHEVROLET 106
MAHER CHEVROLET, INC. 105
RYDELL AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 102
BOB STALL CHEVROLET 99
COURTESY CHEVROLET 97
KARL CHEVROLET, INC. 83
CAMPBELL CHEVROLET OF BOWLING GREEN KY, INC. 82
RICK HENDRICK CITY CHEVROLET 81
LONE STAR CHEVROLET 81
W. HARE AND SON, INC. 80
RELIABLE CHEVROLET, INC. 72
TROPICAL CHEVROLET 72
MAXIE PRICE CHEVROLET, INC. 70
ESTERO BAY CHEVROLET 69
CABLE-DAHMER CHEVROLET, INC. 68
GEORGE MATICK CHEVROLET, INC. 68
SELMAN CHEVROLET COMPANY 67
SUNSET CHEVROLET, INC. 65
LOEHMANN-BLASIUS CHEVROLET, INC. 65
MUNDAY CHEVROLET 64
THOROBRED CHEVROLET, INC. 62
PURIFOY CHEVROLET CO. 61
BUFF WHELAN CHEVROLET, INC. 61
PARAMUS AUTO MALL CHEVROLET-GEO, INC. 61
ELCO CHEVROLET AND CADILLAC, INC. 60
BACHMAN AUTO GROUP, INC. 58
FRIENDLY CHEVROLET, LTD. 57
WIN CHEVROLET, INC. 56
SPORT CHEVROLET COMPANY, INC. 55
COMMUNITY... [Read More]
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