• Feb 11, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Corvette Stingray Concept

General Motors used the Chicago Auto Show to introduce the world to its latest concept vehicle, the Corvette Stingray, which will be featured in the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie on June 26th. According to GM, the vehicle is nothing more than a styling buck that was influenced by the original 1959 Stingray racer when it was spotted by director Michael Bay while he was touring GM's operations looking for inspiration for the first Transformers movie. Don't expect this concept to spawn any sort of production vehicle, which, needless to say, is a shame.

In robot mode, the Corvette Stingray Concept will take the form of Sideswipe, who will reportedly be a skater with wheels for feet. The General doesn't have anything in the way of new product to show off here in Chicago, so it's using the blockbuster movie to drum up interest instead. It's working... sorta.

Hit the jump for a video of Ed Welburn discussing the design of the Corvette Centennial Concept, along with GM's press release.



Live photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Jeremy Korzeniewski / Weblogs, Inc.



PRESS RELEASE:

AUTOBOTS® WITH BOW TIES: CHEVROLET-BASED CHARACTERS STARRING IN 'TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN' AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Giant movie robot also on display with vehicles used in the upcoming blockbuster summer film

Camaro BumbleBeeCHICAGO – Visitors to the Chevrolet display at this year's Chicago Auto Show (Friday through Feb. 22) will be treated to an out-of-this-world vehicle display – the automotive stars from the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Five Chevrolet-based characters – including four all-new characters – are featured in the new film set to open in the United States on June 26. All of them are at the Chevrolet display. The four new movie characters include:

* SIDESWIPE – a stylized Corvette vision concept vehicle
* SKIDS and MUDFLAP – twin AUTOBOTS® based on Chevy's Beat (a concept that will go into production as the Chevy Spark in 2011) and Trax concepts
* JOLT – an AUTOBOT-based on Chevy's upcoming Volt extended-range electric vehicle

BUMBLEBEE™, the heroic AUTOBOT based on Chevrolet's Camaro concept from the first "Transformers" movie, returns with a high-performance attitude. Joining the vehicles on stage will be BUMBLEBEE in his AUTOBOT form, standing almost 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall and 13 feet (4 meters) wide.
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"Chevrolet is thrilled to again be part of one of the most anticipated movies in years," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. "'Transformers' gives us a great opportunity to connect with young people on their terms, with a dynamic, environmentally friendly image. The new characters represent the change going on in Chevy showrooms. From the exciting Camaro, the 21st century sports car, to the game-changing Volt, there's more than meets the eye at Chevrolet today."

Directed by Michael Bay, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" sees the AUTOBOTS confront a new threat from DECEPTICONS® bent on avenging their earlier defeat on Earth. The new AUTOBOT characters in their current Chevy-based form square off against new, tougher foes determined to rule the universe.

"'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' goes way beyond the first film in terms of robot action and excitement," said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of worldwide marketing partnerships at Paramount Pictures, the distributor of the film. "The new AUTOBOTS add to the storytelling, and these Chevy vehicles went with our filmmakers to locations all around the world. GM has again provided incredible support to the production team working on the movie."

Along with the Camaro that's reprising its role in the new film, the other Chevy models to be seen on the big screen are new to movie-goers.

SIDESWIPE takes the form of a sleek, vision concept dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM. The design is influenced by the original Stingray race car, introduced in 1959, but also draws on Corvette heritage cues from other generations. It brings them together in a futuristic shape that seems to be equal parts racecar and space ship.

"SIDESWIPE represents an exercise in exploration for the Corvette," said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. "By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives."

The Beat and Trax-based characters, SKIDS and MUDFLAP, remain faithful to their concept designs introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show – although each wears new paint and other exterior accessories. And while they may be small cars, when they turn into fighting AUTOBOTS®, they pack a big punch.

The other new AUTOBOT, JOLT, appears in the production form of Chevy's 2011 Volt extended-range electric vehicle. With the capability of up to 40 miles (64 km) of pure electric propulsion, plus hundreds of more miles with the assistance from its Voltec powertrain system, the real-life Volt will change driving in America.

Of course, the AUTOBOT team isn't complete without BUMBLEBEE, the yellow Camaro based on the new, 2010 production model. Sporting new wheels and SS-model performance cues, BUMBLEBEE is more stylish and powerful than ever – and enthusiasts will be able to drive their own new Camaro when it goes on sale this spring. For more exclusive AUTOBOT movie information relating to Chevrolet, please visit www.autobotsrollout.com.

Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $12,120 to $103,300. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in association with Hasbro, a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, a Michael Bay film, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas, Glenn Morshower and John Turturro. The film is directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is based on Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS™ action figures and is produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. This film has not yet been rated.

TRANSFORMERS is a brand of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS). Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks okay from the side, but any other view is not very attractive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It'll take some getting used to... I'll leave it at that. :
      Patrick
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one sweet looking machine. The sleek design goes well with the three nice things in life.. Fast Horses, Fast Women and Fast Cars. But soory to say the US is very good at designing...on the outside....but so lousy on quality on the inside. Cheap looking underneath the design with cheap materials... Its a shame the new Corvette is not going into production; especially with the car makers in Detroit going down the tubes...fast. By the way what was the point showing off the car if you are not going to produce it. Looks like money down the drain....again waste...waste....waste...
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow just cause you're design department thinks it's 1995 that's no reason to think you're in good enough financial shape to pull out trash like this on tax payer dollars
      • 5 Years Ago
      not attractive
        • 5 Years Ago
        there is great potential here. Remove all the concept car crap, and i think there is an excellent vette under there. The Vette needs those curves that harken back to the early 80s. Potentially beautiful IMO, but a little overdone as is. But given the choice between this and the current vette, ill take this concept.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "Don't expect this concept to spawn any sort of production vehicle, which, needless to say, is a shame."

        sorry. feel exactly the opposite. god that's ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree. This looks beautiful. I love the side view, but the front needs to be brought down to earth, and the rear needs to be tweaked a little, but other than that, this car is absolutely stunning. I love how it translates into the classic Stingray. GM, it's time to get this into your lineup.
        • 5 Years Ago
        seriously...and the worst thing was the "this is so stingray", "this is pure stingray" "jesus h christ, ZOMG this is stingray"

        like, i know the guys one of the designers, and thats how they usually talk...but i would think he should be more jazzed about it being a gorgeous car (which it by any stretch of the word is not) than being a stingray throwback. gm engineerings, please dont fail me now. from 92-2002 you designed pure garbage. u got great looking cars now, dont go back to you're roots of the 90s...please
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing looks horrid. It will scare everything away.
      eberhar6
      • 5 Years Ago
      No thank you, GM. I'll keep my '78. I prefer it because of its smooth, CURVY lines, yet it looks racey and literally is art in motion. Your concept car is too angular, too many sharp edges - looks like you're trying too hard to make it look like a 'tough' intimidating mean machine. Let up a little, will ya? And tell me it is NOT going to have to use petrol to move down the road. Listen to your buying or rather your non buying public, no matter how 'tough' it looks or how superfast you drive it in a speed-hype American-type commercial, it won't be a future concept car if it requires petrol. I'd even let you have my '78 and return it to me as a 'transformed' electric car, then I could still enjoy its beautiful shapely body. PLEASE, rethink your next future concept Corvette, people.
      I'm a loyal vette girl, but I won't be purchasing any of your vettes from now on if they're going to be anything like your current concept when it gets to 'street level'. Try again... Aubrnhrdgrl
      Pete
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, another ugly product from General Motors......Boy, have they lost touch in design. It is one ugly, unattrative car!!!!!! I loved the Stingrays of the past, but not this new one!!!!! Go back to the drawing board!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Don't expect this concept to spawn any sort of production vehicle, which, needless to say, is a shame."-----------I would say that current Corvette looks better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear God, it looks like the result after 9 months of a Vette that had drunk sex with an Acura concet and got it pregnant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Somebody tell me NOW:

        Why can't GM build a bunch of these and sell them for outrageous prices? The Corvette's body should be very easy to replace, considering none of it is stressed - it truly is just a shell.

        Think Lamborghini Reventon.

        All that's keeping them from doing it is that they can't break out of their high-production mentality. Oh, yeah, and they have no money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just plain ugly -- I'm a relative new guy with corvettes being 26 and all.

      I *LOVE* my C6 Z06 more than life itself right now, its everything I want in a sports car. That being said, this thing looks like someone with mental issues dreamed it up.


      This is one concept I actually hope never sees the light of day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Build it! Time to give the 'Vette some extraordinary looks to back up its extraordinary performance. Time to take some styling risks on America's sports car after 26 years of same-old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree

        I cna totally see how this would have been the meanest car ever if it had been the ZR1

        power, performance, adn styling out of this world for $110k. wow
        • 5 Years Ago
        your gm id tag is showing ligor.
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