The last-ever Corvette C6 rolled off the assembly line at Bowling Green this week. They made 215,100 of them since 2005. It will be missed. Its Chevrolet Cobalt-inspired interior will not. Meanwhile, the plant is prepping for bigger and better things.
The state of Kentucky has coughed up $7.5 million in tax incentives for a future $131 million expansion of General Motors' Bowling Green plant for the next-generation Corvette. GM, angling for more, continues to play coy with the media.
We're expecting to see the real thing in 2013 or 2014. But in the meantime this design student-penned concept envisions what the C6-replacing C7 Corvette could look like, adapting traditional design cues to more modern proportions.
In May, GM filed a trademark application for the word "STINGRAY" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for use on "Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles." Is Chevy transforming the Corvette into a real split-window Stingray for the seventh generation?
While talking about how he's not going to talk about the next-generation-hybrid-V12-hydrogen-powered C7 Corvette, Tadge Juechter, Corvette's chief engineer, railed on the "hurting" and "sensationalist" auto buff books at last week's annual Corvette C5/C6 gathering. Also, CAFE sucks. [Corvette Blogger]
Yesterday we had the exclusive opportunity to drive the Corvette Stingray concept, GM's latest Transformers star. With a conceptual hybrid powertrain and iPhone app-like downloads, it represents a merger of GM design and technology from the past, present and future.