MLB All Star MVP Takes Home a Corvette Stingray, 2nd C7 Auctioned for Charity

Jul 21, 2014 - 8:37 AM - by TorqueNews
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After being named the Most Valuable Player for the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game, Angels’ slugger Mike Trout took home a brand new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible – picking the sleek sports car over a brand new Chevrolet Silverado pickup while also signing the hood of a second Corvette to be auctioned off.

This story is written by Patrick Rall of and originally published under Chevrolet News.

General Motors sponsored the Most Valuable Player award at the 2014 Major League Baseball game in Minneapolis Minnesota, giving the winner the option of a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible or a Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Mike Trout, Outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the MVP for the big game after leading his team to a big win, securing home field advantage in the world series for the American League representative. After doing so, Trout had his choice of the full sized Chevy truck or the C7 Stingray and – not surprisingly – the 22 year old baller went with the sexy sports car.

“Tonight, we honor the achievements of Mike Trout, the 2014 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, while we showcase our own MVPs, the Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Silverado,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “We hope many of our fellow baseball fans join us to help raise funds for a worthy cause.”

Mike Trout’s MVP Performance and an AL Win
Mike Trout was the starting left fielder for the American League in this week’s MLB All Star Game and the young gun made three plate appearances while in the game. Trout went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, driving in two runs and scoring one of his own. The American League went on to win the by a score of 5 to 2 and in doing so, the American League team that plays in the World Series will have home field advantage regardless of their overall records.

General Motors didn’t go into much detail about Mike Trout’s new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, but I would expect that it is fitted with... [Read More]
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Harlan Charles

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:31 PM - by jsvette
Just finished reading a very informative and personal article on Harlan written by Mary Juechter in the latest issue of America's Sports Car (NCM publication) July/August 2014. I shot off an email to see if we can reproduce it here.
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C7's Ultimate Award: Sales Vs. Competitors

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:00 PM - by elegant
Corvette sales are now accounting for over 40% of the new sports car purchaser market, even though that included cars, such as the Mazda Miata, that cost a lot less.

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The Corvette Stingray has been a great story for Chevrolet, winning an unprecedented number of awards including being named the 2014 North American Car of the Year. But the Stingray is also beating its rivals where it counts – the dealership sales floors.

Corvette sales have been on roll since production began last August. In the calendar year of 2014, Chevrolet has sold 17,744 Corvette Stingray coupes and convertibles, far outpacing the annual calendar year sales of the C6 Corvette during its final years of production.

GM Authority noted a report by the National Automobile Dealers Association showing the Stingray has far and away exceeded the sales of several rivals.

Where the Corvette Stingray had 17,744 deliveries through June, Porsche sold 5,169 911s and sales of the SRT Viper have tanked to a meager 354. Nissan’s 370Z which is far less expensive (MRSP $29,990) than the Stingray managed sales of 4,114.

The Stingray vs Viper comparison isn’t quite fair with the cross-town rival from Dodge boasting an 8.4L V10 engine and an MSRP greater than $100,000. The Porsche 911 seems to be a more natural competitor to the Stingray, but the cost to play in one starts at $84,300 compared to the Stingray’s starting MSRP of $53,995.

The NADA also notes that the situation for Corvette’s rivals won’t be getting better anytime soon. Chevrolet will start production of the the 2015 Corvette Stingray with a new 8-speed automatic transmission in August and in early 2015, the 650-hp 2015 Corvette Z06 will hit the streets and is guaranteed to keep the spotlight focused on America’s favorite sports car.
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StingRays To Lead National Corvette Caravan

Jul 14, 2014 - 10:29 AM - by elegant
Only 44 days 'till four 2014 StingRays lead the National Corvette Caravan the last 66 miles to the National Corvette Museum. Have a Blade Silver or Cyber Gray StingRay, and want your car to lead one of the regional Caravans, with hundreds, if not just less than one thousand of other Corvettes behind your car? Yes,it could be your car, with light bars, striped as a Kentucky State Patrol vehicle, etc, although driven by a Kentucky State Patrol Officer.

Might this be one of those four, or similar to one of those four chosen?

Quote Originally Posted by bgdailynews
Corvettes needed to lead next month's caravans to Bowling Green! The fifth pilgrimage to America’s sports car mecca since 1994 will be led by the law.

Four 2014 blade silver or cyber gray 2014 Corvettes will lead massive Corvette Caravans into Bowling Green on Aug. 27 sporting Kentucky State Police light bars across the top of the cars. A state trooper will be behind the wheel of each special marked car, and the owners will sit shotgun.

Four caravans will be led by the marked cars, according to Katie Frassinelli, marketing and communications manager for the National Corvette Museum. The cars will have to be at the museum Aug. 25 for the striping and installation of light bars, and the special KSP Corvettes will meet up with caravans at least 66 miles away. The cars will only be moved if troopers are behind the wheels and won’t be driven until Aug. 27. Those interested in leading caravans are asked to email or If more than four people are interested, a drawing will be held.

There are more than 30 Corvette Caravans coming to Bowling Green next month, and many of the 6,000 hotel rooms in southcentral Kentucky have already been booked for the entourage.

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1st '15 Shark Gray StingRay Pictures

Jul 12, 2014 - 9:45 PM - by elegant
For all those clamoring for the first pictures of a 2015' Shark Gray StingRay, here they are!

Thanks to "BMBarney" for the pictures.

Now we look forward to the unveiling of the other new 2015 color, the first Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic StingRay.
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BGAP Union Head Gone!

Jul 11, 2014 - 9:19 PM - by elegant
As of yesterday, Eldon Renaud, UAW Local 2164 President at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant no longer works at the Plant. Renaud was the Mayor of Bowling Green from 1996.

Here are two articles which provide the only information currently known.

Quote Originally Posted by bgdailynews
The president of United Auto Workers Local 2164 no longer has a job at the Bowling Green GM Assembly Plant. Eldon Renaud, who has been the local union president since 1982, does not work at the plant as of this week.

“I can confirm that he no longer works here,” said Andrea Hales, spokesperson for the plant.

Hales could not comment further because the plant does not speak about personnel matters. No one was available for comment at the union hall this morning.

On his Facebook page on Monday, Renaud, who could not be reached for comment today, posted: “I hope GM’s CEO Mary Barra has the fortitude to clean up GM’s weak management team. We can only build the cars GM engineers give us to build. Management needs the workers now more than ever to help catch problems before they become billion dollar recalls.”

A link to an Automotive News article about the recent GM recalls accompanied the post.
Renaud spoke with the Daily News in April when the union here voted to authorize a strike at the plant.
Renaud cited long overdue safety issues and the loss of several jobs in the plant’s quality area as the reason for the union’s disgruntlement with plant management.

The workers did not strike after negotiations with management.

Renaud also served as Bowling Green’s mayor from 1996 to 2000.
And this article.

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