• Sep 22nd 2009 at 1:28PM
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It worked for the Chevrolet Camaro, so why not the Corvette? General Motors' head of global design, Ed Welburn, has reportedly told Inside Line that the C7 'Vette is going to lift the most notorious design cue from the entire line: the split rear window from the 1963 coupe. It will not, however, be the car from Transformers 2, and it will not be mid-engined.

Unlike the Camaro, the C7 doesn't need to make a splash or a styling statement beyond being the new Corvette. On one hand, we can understand that GM wants to make a statement – but why go back to the Sixties to get it? Although we dig it in the 1963 car, the split-window was a gimmick then and it would be a gimmick now, which makes it a bit of an odd move for us. America's sports car already has its adherents, and the C5 and C6 have done well for themselves with original (if evolutionary) designs. On the other hand, if Chevy can make the car hot enough – and a rear-camera helps alleviate visibility concerns) – probably we won't care what kind of glass it has. If a funky rear window treatment can work for Lamborghini's Reventón, there's no reason it can't work for the C7... right?

[Source: Inside Line | Image: mashleymorgan via CC 2.0]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      2:19PM (9/22/2009)
      One thing i never understood about US autos is their need to bring back past icons (retro styling -Camaro/Mustang/Challenger/Thunderbird etc) rather than looking towards the future. Smells like desperation trying to re live an era when they faced no competition rather moving on.


      No the smell is your BS, fact is American cars have a long rich history as they last for decades when the crap you drive is a rust bucket within 8 years so there is none to compare back in the 1960's.

      Guess you will have to state ALL cars since 1900 are a retro of the model T.

      Oh wait the VW has looked almost the same way since 1940s, is todays model a outlandish retro statement ?

      We love the smell of a burning riceball in the morning :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honestly in today's business world having a rich past does NOT make a company competitive. You as well as most in their senior years tend to forget that not everybody cares about retro or even an automaker's past. The past does not necessarily equal complete success for the future, even after the novelty wears out. This goes for ANY business. If I was wrong then it would mean that the Challenger, Mustang, and Camaro would be the top sellers in this country while Japanese, German and Korean companies are failing to the point that they have to borrow a lot of gov't money to sell cars to America or to even survive.

        If a company is unable to make modern looking cars to compete with today's society then evidently it will fall down, especially once the novelty has worn off.

        vetteracer you remind me of somebody who is rooting for a football team that once used to be great and had a rich history of achievements, touchdowns, undefeatable seasons ...etc, and now has been losing many seasons for the past 10 years and continues to do so, with exception to maybe a couple of wins in a year.

        With your comment it's like you are telling everyone that their teams totally suck and should be rooting for your team. it's also like you are calling everyone either traitors or retarded because they forgot about the great history your team had.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta have the pop-up headlights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the batcave
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here we go again!!

      I guess GM has not been listening to the right customers yet again and always going back to looking in the past for ideas on new designs.

      Some companies never learn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always thought the 63-67 Corvette was the most original and certainly the best looking corvette ever. Right up there with the '66 Olds Toronado, absolutely gorgeous and nothing like it before or since. Retro's OK when done right, (think mini) but a new unique design would be better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When the past was better than the future or the present, you go with the past. Modern automotive design (modern style period) sucks. The designs are either boring or soulless (everything made Toyota) or hideous (everything made by BMW and increasingly Honda/Acura). The C2 Corvette is beautiful, the C6 looks like a mid 90s Japanese car. It's like comparing the Chrysler Building to the MetLife.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a bit scary to me that the only commenters that have correct spelling, grammar, and courtesy are responding to an article about a car. The rest of you (those who think they're experts at race relations or running the country) ought to get back to SKOOL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to make the Corvette shorter, narrower, and lighter
      • 5 Years Ago
      More b.s. propaganda from G.M. to get into the news & make it seem like they're relevant. LOL. Nope!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just hope they change those ugly headlights on the current model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1972 is when the last good looking corvettes were made. The C4-6 are UGLY! If Chevy made a retro Corvette, I would totally buy one. If they make a C6 with a split window, its still an ugly C6. Make a car like the stingray concept, PLEASE! I want Corvettes to look like 458 Italias.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well at least from the concept it looks like it could be ok i mean, it has to be better than the boaring corvettes u seen on the road today. Im a car guy and while the corvette is pretty awesome as far as hp for ur dollar, it just too boaring they have hardly changed in like ten years. Its about time for a good face lift for it to compete with the comback of the camaro and challenger. But hopefully they do a better job than ford did with the 10' mustang.
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