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The new Corvette will replace this older model.
DETROIT (Reuters)--An all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the seventh generation of the uniquely American sports car in six decades, will make its debut January 13 on the eve of the North American International Auto Show, General Motors' Chevrolet brand says.

Eagerly awaited by auto enthusiasts, the new Corvette - dubbed C7 by the faithful but known to GM and its suppliers by the development code Y1XX - is widely expected to have a radically restyled exterior, a more upscale interior, a lighter chassis, and a more efficient engine and transmission.

There will be a six-month gap between the 2014 Corvette new C7 and the current C6 version, so the company can retool the Kentucky plant where the iconic sports car is built. GM will stop building the 2013 model in early February, and is due to start producing the 2014 model in volume in July.

The first of the new C7 Corvettes is expected to roll off the line in Bowling Green on June 30 - 60 years to the day that the first 1953 model was produced, according to two suppliers familiar with the automaker's plans but are not authorized to speak on behalf of GM.

The C7's formal unveiling in mid-January also marks the anniversary of the Corvette's debut in January 1953 as a GM Motorama "dream car" concept in New York. Since then, GM has built and sold more than 1.5 million Corvettes, although annual sales have slowed in recent years as higher vehicle prices, rising fuel and insurance costs, and growing competition from Europe and Asia have eroded its once fiercely loyal owner base.

To rekindle interest in the Corvette, especially among younger, affluent buyers who tend to favor imported brands, Chevrolet has completely overhauled the car for the first time since the sixth-generation model was launched in July 2004.

The result, according to chief engineer Tadge Juechter, 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." One of the criticisms of recent Corvettes has been using interior parts and pieces from lesser priced GM vehicles, something that is not expected to be repeated on the new car.

Chevrolet even has redesigned the Corvette's familiar crossed-flags emblem for the 2014 model.

Other significant upgrades, according to the supplier sources, include a smaller, lighter aluminum V8 engine displacing around 5.5 liters, advanced features such as direction injection, cylinder cutoff and variable valve timing, and a new seven-speed manual transmission for improved fuel economy.

Prices, due to be announced next summer, are expected to range from just under $55,000 for the base model to nearly $120,000 for the top-of-the-line Corvette ZR1.

Chevrolet said dealers will continue to take orders for the current model until December.

Reporting by Reuters Paul Lienert in Detroit and AOL contributing


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      victoriajetski
      • 2 Years Ago
      wa 99 camaro viero nice toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo unsigned.com/kmarwolfhalen
        Ric
        • 2 Years Ago
        @victoriajetski
        Seems most Camero owners are Vette enthusiasts who ran out of money.
          alagk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ric
          The new redesigned Camaros are great and fun to drive but sorry to say, even for a Chevy man, the new Mustangs excel in fun factor, steering, suspension, and Sound that comes from the engine/exhaust. Just an impartial opinion from a test drive of a new Camaro SS and a Mustang Shelby Cobra. Don't know about the rumored BOSS 302 but the Shelby Cobra is one competitor.
      dwjatwwk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Read Car and Driver and you will see that this is all BS. This car has very little exterior changes. The biggest changes that are being bragged about are new seats that don't suck. Look for a smaller engine since Obama wants to show how green GM is...also, the comments that they are shutting down the current Corvette factory since the new car is so radically different that the entire factory needs an overhaul is just a smoke screen for the fact that the current Vet isn't selling.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Obama in charge no one will be buying any cars much less a Corvette.
        sonnype
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        Get off your lazy ass and get a job instead of blaming Obama for all your shortcommings
        mudpupper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        With Romney in charge there would be no GM
      ga7smi
      • 2 Years Ago
      build a kit car that is faster and half the cost
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ga7smi
        That's BS. Kit cars are slow as all hell considering they never make it from pieces on the garage floor to an actual car. And as for cost, compare a new sports car to half of everything you own once the divorce is finalized...
      Gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is to J J , you sound just like your name. Fu--ed -up
      • 2 Years Ago
      had a 76 corvette. had such a good time with it. cruising on a highway thru the mountains with the t top off at night. felt i was in a small jet. power was fast and smooth. the real test of its power was watching the needles of the tach and mph rising up. i can just imagine what the new ones are like. whats not to like about a smooth, powerful v8 engine. marc
      • 2 Years Ago
      .....2004 ragtop is only 3100 lbs....powerfull aluminum pushrod engine with amazing torque will throw you...there is actually a deadpedal for your left foot so you can brace yourself for the g-forces...comfortable ride..trust me-its nice....outperforms cars 3 times its price....roof is down, tunes are cranking...more smiles per gallon than you could imagine.....
      eddie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too old for midlife crisis,wonder how a old grandpa would look behind the wheel,wonder if a chick magnet could i get a younger chick maybe in her low 60's lol
        bigwingnut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eddie
        As a confirmed "geezer", I can say that I still love a Vette, but it's getting REALLY hard to get in and out of one!
      mike edwards
      • 2 Years Ago
      whats new it looks old no razor sharp fenders like other cars in the new generation of cars same headlights ect ect ect
      VIRGIL
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'VE OWNED 18 CORVETTES AND I LOVE THEM !
        bobpjafe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VIRGIL
        Wish I could say that. Love then from afar.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VIRGIL
        Good stuff jar-head looks like I'm plugging your way with one coming real soon, the Gunny.
      spcompro
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the government did not help out GM there would be no GM. They have repaid thier loans and are not government controlled and never were. So Azinv, go buy American
        bobpjafe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @spcompro
        GM obtained money from another government source to pay off its original loan. GM still owes us big time.
        glock35ipsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @spcompro
        An American-made car is only as American as the sum of its parts. The top five cars that are “Made in America”, by the sum of their parts, are: 1] Toyota Avalon (85%), 2] Chevy Express van (82%), 3] Toyota Sienna (80%), 4] Honda Accord (80%), 5] Honda Crosstown (80%). By the way...... the federal government still owns 500,000,000 shares of GM, which is about 26% of the company.
          champ3x7
          • 2 Years Ago
          @glock35ipsc
          While it's true that some "foreign" cars have more U.S.-parts content, they're still being sold by FOREIGN COMPANIES. In other words, the profit goes to the OTHER country. Besides that, the "foreign" manufacturers building cars in this country don't have the retarded handicap of being forced to use union labor to build them. I don't like unions and wish they didn't exist, but, until those "foreign" manufaturers either use union labor OR the unions are abolished, it'll NEVER be a level playing field between the "foreign" and "domestic" manufaturers building cars in this country. Another thing that has CAUSED U.S. manufaturers to have less U.S.-parts content is that the manufacturers can go OUTSIDE the U.S. for the parts and, in many cases, the final assembly of the vehicles to side-step those unions.
      glid13
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW
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