Confirmation: Last '15 Corvette Orders

Mar 18, 2015 - 2:31 PM - by elegant
Thanks to Mike Furman at Criswell Chevrolet, we have confirmation that the next 2015 StingRay consensus is March 26th and the next/last 2015 Z06 consensus is April 9th!

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Hopefully, there will be a very, very large number of allocations granted by GM by the end of each of the six-day consensus, for there are still thousands of 2015 Corvette customers orders which had been previously submitted by dealers, yet as of today, remain at status 1100.

Production of all 205's is believed to end on June 20th, with 2016 Corvette production starting just two days later on Monday, June 22nd.
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1st Confirmed 2016 Corvette Changes!

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:59 AM - by elegant
Bye-bye 100,000 mile powertrain warranty! Your motor goes south at 60,000+ miles starting with the 2016 Corvettes? That would now be on you. Cost of replacement for a StingRay LT1 motor is approximately $17,000; for a Z06 LT4, it is about $27,000. In fact, the just-announced, warranty mileage reduction from currently 100,000 miles to 60,000 miles, affects the entire powertrain warranty program. Free two-year maintenance, including four oil/filter changes (five on dry sump motors), could be reduced to 2/3 changes respectively.

Of course, there will always be the option to purchase an extended warranty policy, but with this factory warranty change, the cost of such policies, for over 60,000 mile coverage, will correspondingly increase.

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Quote Originally Posted by AutomotiveNews
GM to cut Chevy, GMC powertrain warranty to 60,000 miles from 100,000!

Extended offerings weren't enough of a draw; free maintenance also scaled back!

General Motors plans to cut its powertrain warranty on Chevrolet and GMC vehicles for the 2016 model year, concluding that its standout offer of 100,000-mile coverage -- in place for nearly a decade -- wasn't a strong enough selling point.

The five-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage -- once touted by former GM CEO Rick Wagoner as a symbol of the improved quality of GM's vehicles -- will be reduced to five years/60,000 miles for '16 models. The brands will continue to offer courtesy transportation and roadside assistance during the coverage period.

GM also will scale back its offer of two years of free maintenance, including oil changes and tire rotations, on most new Chevy, GMC and Buick vehicles. The brands, which began the free-maintenance deal for model year 2014, will reduce the number of free service
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BGAP Had Caught Up; BUT Freezing Rain & Snow

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:51 PM - by elegant
The wonderful employees at Bowling Green Assembly Plant not only worked Monday-Friday overtime, but worked even some six days weeks, and just had gotten caught up from the snow storm a few weeks ago. And thus, the following Plant picture is not the weather that is happening right now.

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Well, like all victories, some are fleeting. Just heard from our forum colleague "PBC Builder" that BGAP will be closed tomorrow.

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They canceled work for tomorrow due to the weather coming in tonight. Rain for 18 hours, freezing rain for 6 hours then 4 to 8 inches of snow over night. We were behind from the last storm, caught back up but this will put us behind again. More 10 hour days ahead."
And you know the BGAP folks will catch up again, and as soon as possible. Thanks PBC Builder, for being our news/weather reporter. He left out even more "cheery" news, that it is going down to 6 degrees tonight, and thus from the weather channel, after tonight's freezing, the weather transitions, starting at 1:00 AM tonight to...

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The February 2015 Stingray of the Month Contest winner is CruznCorvette!

Feb 28, 2015 - 3:32 PM - by wicked

The February 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month Contest winner is none other than CruznCorvette! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted a photo and to everyone who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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StingRay Rated # 1 Of All Sports Cars!

Feb 28, 2015 - 10:15 AM - by elegant
Consumers Reports, in its just released annual auto issue, had great things to report about the StingRay! We would not have learned this however, without the following post by "Drive-C7," so with thanks for that below post. Meanwhile, StingRay owners, keep smiling!

Quote Originally Posted by Drive-C7
Default Consumer Reports rates C7 "tops in our tests!"

Just got the latest April issue of CR Annual Auto Issue. There are only 11 vehicles rated "Tops in our Tests" and the C7 is one of these. This rating includes all vehicles not just sports cars.

In addition it is the only sports car rated "most satisfying" by the CR annual owner satisfaction survey. This was interesting as apparently the Porsche owners did not rate their car as "satisfying" as C7 owners did, as it was not included in the list. Again, there were only 15 cars listed, with the C7 the only sports car in the listing of "most satisfying."
It is also one of the top ten vehicles rated tops for emergency handling which rates how capable, secure and forgiving a vehicle is.

It is great that other people are finding out what the C7 owners already know. This is one of the best vehicles you can buy today. I know some owners have had reliability issues (I am not one) but CR has rated reliability as average which means the majority have had no issues.
Thank you again "Drive-C7!"
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2015 Arctic White Z06 Corvette Winner Drawn

Feb 27, 2015 - 12:16 PM - by NickJ

Congrats to David Duggan of Parks, AZ! David's luck ticket #462 was drawn in today's raffle for a 2015 Arctic White Z06 Corvette! The National Corvette Museum sold all 1,000 available tickets.

Your next chance to win a Corvette is Thursday, March 12 when we raffle off a 2015 Blade Silver Stingray Corvette Coupe. Tickets are $150, and the raffle is limited to 1,500 tickets.

Learn more about our raffles, including exclusions and restrictions, and purchase tickets online at National Corvette Museum - Corvette Raffles.
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Engine Build Experience in Full Swing according to NCM

Feb 26, 2015 - 3:58 PM - by jsvette
From today's (26 Feb 2015) NCM enews:

Corvette Z06 buyers now have the option to assembly their 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine at the new Performance Build Center inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

The Engine Build Experience is selected with order code PBC and is offered on all Z06 trim levels.

The Museum handles the concierge services for Engine Build customers and coordinates many aspects of the program. We welcomed our first Engine Build customer, Henry Younger of Gurley, AL, on February 11. "Being there at the Plant makes this option much more attractive now," said Younger. "This is my second build and it was fantastic just as my first was. The LT4 is so much different than the LS7 I built first - incredible is the only way to say it, I guess, along with a big WOW, what an engine."
The $5,000 option comes with a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician who instructs and oversees the build; a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner/builder and the date of the engine build; professional photography of the experience; piston trophy commemorating the experience and a build your own engine polo.

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StingRay "Art Car"

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:02 PM - by elegant
While we normally do not put videos in our Corvette News section, as "art cars" have become famous enough to have major car brands run them at the 24 Hours of LeMans, here's the end-process picture, and/or watch the fast-motion, one minute video to see it painted.

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