The next-generation Chevrolet C7 Corvette is indeed one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the upcoming auto show season, and we've now learned that General Motors' famed sports car will officially bow on Sunday, January 13 during a preview event for the Detroit Auto Show press days. (We can already picture the mob scene.)

To get buzz going on the new car, GM has released this image of the redesigned crossed flags emblem – the iconic symbol that Corvettes have worn since the model's introduction in 1953. "The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before – underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car," Ed Welburn, GM's vice president of Global Design, said in a statement today.

If you're still hot on plunking down cash for one of the C6 Corvette models, you don't have much time left. Automotive News reports that dealers still have until December to submit orders for the current Corvette, and that buyers with very specific orders should get them in by the end of October in order to have their exact specifications guaranteed. The 2013 C6 Corvette will officially go out of production in February.

Following that, GM's Bowling Green, Kentucky facility will shut down for six months in order to retool and prepare for production of the 2014 C7 model. GM has already cancelled tours at the plant in preparation for the shutdown.

We've seen plenty of spy shots of the C7 Corvette running around, but details are still slim on what exactly lies under all that camouflage. GM will show its new small-block V8 to the world on Wednesday, October 24, and we'll be at the live unveiling to pass along all the details. In addition to the C7, this new small-block will power the next generation of GM pickups, which will also debut at the Detroit show.

Scroll down for GM's official release regarding the Corvette's new emblem, as well as a video showing the history of the crossed flags.



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Next-generation Corvette to Debut 1.13.13 in Detroit

New Crossed Flags logo illustrates the character of the all-new, "C7" Corvette


BRASELTON, Ga. – Chevrolet today confirmed the seventh-generation Corvette will debut on Sunday evening, Jan. 13, 2013, in Detroit. To start the countdown to 1.13.13, Chevrolet is showing the new Crossed Flags logo for the new 2014 Corvette.

"The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette deserved an all-new emblem," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. "The new Crossed Flags design reflects the character of the next Corvette. The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before – underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car."

The new Crossed Flags logo was unveiled at Road Atlanta, where Corvette Racing celebrated a sweep of the 2012 production-based American Le Mans Series GT championships.

Chevrolet secured the manufacturer's championship; Corvette Racing secured the team championship, and Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner captured the drivers' championship with four wins in the nine races preceding Petit Le Mans, the 2012 ALMS season finale.

These championships make Corvette Racing the most successful team in ALMS history, with a total of 77 class wins, eight drivers' championships, and nine manufacturer and team championships since 2001. The team has also taken seven class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001. Corvette Racing will campaign the C6.R for the 2013 ALMS season. The C7.R is expected to make its racing debut in 2014.

"Winning the ALMS championships with the Corvette C6.R, against prestigious competitors from Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW is the perfect send-off for the sixth-generation Corvette," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.

"The seventh-generation Corvette will build on that success," Juechter continued. "With the new Corvette, we set out to build a world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none. The result is a truly all-new Corvette. There are only two carryover parts from the C6 used in the C7 – the cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel."

The Crossed Flags logo has been a hallmark of the Corvette since its 1953 introduction. It has always incorporated a pair of flags, one a racing checkered flag and other featuring the Chevrolet "bowtie" emblem and a French fleur-de-lis. The design has evolved over the years, and has been featured on more than 1.5 million Corvettes built between 1953 and today.

For the seventh-generation Corvette, the Crossed Flags design is a more technical, more angular and more swept appearance – in proportion that symbolizes the new car. It is also a more detailed representation, showing greater depth, color and attention to detail.

More than 100 variations were considered before the final design was selected.

The new Crossed Flags design will be featured on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, which will debut for credential media on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 in Detroit. Chevrolet will offer a limited number of tickets for Corvette enthusiasts, with proceeds benefiting the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky. Interested parties can contact Roc Linkov (roc@corvettemuseum.com) for more details.

Over coming weeks, more information and video content about the seventh-generation Corvette will be unlocked on www.one13thirteen.com. Enthusiasts can join the conversation about the next-generation Corvette, as well as keep track of new announcements on Facebook (facebook.com/corvette) and Twitter @Chevrolet(#Corvette). Fans that follow the #one13thirteen hashtag on Twitter can look forward to exclusive updates.

FAST FACT: The first Corvette debuted as a concept car on Jan. 17, 1953 at the GM Motorama in New York City. That car originally featured an emblem with a checkered flag crossed with an American flag. Because use of the American flag was prohibited as part of a commercial property, the logo was changed to the fleur-de-lis/bowtie design when the Corvette went into production in June 1953.