C8 To Be Called MANTA RAY?

Jun 23, 2015 - 2:27 PM - by elegant
Could the next generation Corvette be a mid-engined additional line complimenting the C7, OR a traditional front-engined StingRay replacement, or a special edition StingRay, and might it be called the Manta Ray?

Based on the fact that GM has just filed for a "Manta Ray" trademark, and that trademarks have to be used, extended or lost within two years of first filing, might the mid-engined new Corvette line might bear the name Manta Ray? Or, will the StingRay have an special edition called the Manta Ray? All is guesswork outside of GM at this time, other than this actual trademark filing just last week.

Looking at the picture of the back end of the 1960's Manta Ray below, easy to see how this could easily morph into a mid- engined Corvette.

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Here is a 1965 Corvette Manta Ray concept car.

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Quote Originally Posted by Corvette Blogger
Home News GM / Factory News GM Registers a Trademark for ‘Corvette Manta Ray’
GM Registers a Trademark for ‘Corvette Manta Ray’
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GM Registers a Trademark for 'Corvette Manta Ray'

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Corvette Tops "Most American" By Parts Content

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:36 AM - by elegant
This is not the first time the C7 has earned the distinction of having the highest USA parts content, for it did so three times earlier, including in the separate Kopec parts-content evaluation. Bring this award on over and over!

Quote Originally Posted by CorvetteBlogger via Consumer Reports
Awards & Accolades Corvette and Four Other GM Vehicles Tops on Consumer Reports

“Most American”... Corvette and Four Other GM Vehicles Tops on Consumer Reports “Most American” List!

If you looked up the definition of “Made in America” in the dictionary, you might think you’d find a picture of a Chevrolet Corvette.

After all, how much more American of a car is there than the ‘Vette? In this case, the facts would back you up.

According to research by Consumer Reports, the Corvette tied for first place in their listing of the top ten 2015 models with the most American parts.

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Seventy-five percent of the Stingray’s parts are American-made, same as four other GM products – the Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS coupe (though this must be a mistake by Consumer Reports, since Caddy stopped making the coupe in 2014), Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia.

Interestingly, three Japanese cars also tied for the top spot with those GM products – the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Camry and Sienna. Tied for ninth on the list were the Dodge Viper and Jeep Cherokee at 71 percent.

Of course, in the world economy, no man is an island, so to speak. For example, some would probably be shocked to find out that some Chevy Silverados are assembled in Mexico while others are put together in Indiana and Michigan. On the other hand, the Toyota Tundra is built solely in Texas.

“You’re never going to get a car made 100 percent in one country
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C7.R Le Mans GTLM Win!

Jun 14, 2015 - 8:20 AM - by elegant
Spoiler alert!!!

In qualifying, as we all sadly know, the number # 63 car crashed due to a mechanical failure, and the remaining Corvette C7.R had to face Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, etc, alone, with one hand tied behind its back.

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And how the 24 Hours of LeMans has ended....

The # 64 car driven by Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Jordon Taylor won the GTLE class!!!


Congratulations Corvette Racing!
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Corvettes Sales In Canada Also Up!

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:34 AM - by elegant
Year to date C7 sales, comparing January 1st-through May 31st sales for the comparable period one year ago, were up 14%.

Additionally, May, 2015 sales, compared to May sales for 2014 were up by 208 percent to 450 units.

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Quote Originally Posted by Corvette Blogger
Chevrolet Corvette sales were up over 200 percent in May, its best sales month in Canada since 1980 when Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” was #1 on the Billboard Top 100.”
Read more: GM Sales Figures May 2015 Canada | GM Authority

GM still needs to send more C7 to Canada, but the improvements are welcomed!
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2016 Model Year Updates for the Corvette & Z06

Jun 01, 2015 - 8:32 AM - by NickJ

Thanks to Mike Furman@Criswell Chevrolet, we have complete Official 2016 Corvette information and pictures.

Click here to view the 2016 Model Year Updates for the Corvette & Z06
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The May 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month Contest winner is thedemoman!

May 31, 2015 - 1:45 PM - by wicked

The May 2015 Corvette of the Month contest winner is none other than thedemoman! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo and to those who voted.

We'll do this again in 2 weeks so stay tuned
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Mary Barra Getting Her Z06!

May 22, 2015 - 7:41 AM - by elegant
GM CEO Mary Barra loves fast cars, and she is getting her wish, her own Z06/Z07 with the A8! Here is her beauty-beast!

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Quote Originally Posted by CorvetteBlogger
It’s not every day that the Bowling Green Assembly Plant receives an order to make a car for the company CEO, but this week the workers from UAW Local 2164 assembled a 2015 Black Corvette Z06 Convertible that will be shipped to GM’s headquarters in Detroit for General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra.

Mary took the reins at GM in January 2014 just in time for the North American International Auto Show, and coincidentally, the launch of the C7 Corvette Z06. The sports car obviously made an impression on the newly minted CEO too. Now, a year and couple months after the highly acclaimed sports car’s launch at NAIAS, she finally gets to sample the “technological tip of GM’s spear” (quoting Fehan) – the 2015 Corvette Z06.

Mary’s new Corvette is both a 650-horsepower performance machine and yet a nice boulevard cruiser as well. That’s because the Convertible is outfitted with both the Z07 Performance Package and the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The Black Z06 Convertible has a black top, black aluminum wheels and the only splash of color comes from the yellow Brembo brake calipers.

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The Chief’s Corvette Z06 also comes equipped with the Stage 1 aerodynamics package based on the rear spoiler. The front spoiler is part of the Dealer PDI and so that will be installed when the car gets to
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BGAP Gets New Paint Shop!

May 21, 2015 - 9:19 AM - by elegant
Just announced that GM will be spending $439,000,000 in the largest BGAP paint shop overhaul/replacement ever!

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Chevrolet Corvette Plant Gets $439 Million in Upgrades

New, environment-friendly paint shop drives efficient production, retains 150 jobs!

Torch Red, Shark Gray Metallic and Laguna Blue Tintcoat, three popular palate choices on the 2015 Corvette, kept the marketers who make up names working late. Now they can dream about more painstakingly precise pigments, thanks to a new paint shop that is among $439 million being invested at the only plant in the world that builds Chevrolet’s iconic sports car.

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General Motors announced the moves today that include retaining 150 jobs and building the 450,000 square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the entire current production facility. The investment builds on approximately $135 million GM has invested in the plant over the last four years for the new Corvette Stingray and Performance Build Center. The announcement was followed by a groundbreaking event for the new paint shop.

“The Corvette is one of Kentucky’s most-cherished icons,” said. Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen. “Such a significant expansion of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will help the company remain competitive in the region and around the world.”

Construction of the new paint shop, which includes substantial technology upgrades, is planned to begin this summer and take approximately two years to complete. Corvette production schedules will be unaffected by the construction.

Along with new tooling and robots, the paint shop’s state-of-the-art environmental and efficiency enhancements include:

Dry Scrubber Booth Technology with Limestone Handling System designed to
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