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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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      wa 99 camaro viero nice toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo unsigned.com/kmarwolfhalen
        • 2 Years Ago
        Seems most Camero owners are Vette enthusiasts who ran out of money.
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          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.
      • 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
        • 2 Years Ago
        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!
      • 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.
      • 2 Years Ago
      build a kit car that is faster and half the cost
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        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...
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Obama in charge no one will be buying any cars much less a Corvette.
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        Get off your lazy ass and get a job instead of blaming Obama for all your shortcommings
        • 2 Years Ago
        With Romney in charge there would be no GM
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      In 1971 I paid $2,100 for my convertable 67 vette 427 4 speed 3 deuces wish I still had the sucker!
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      Dont matter. Still a piece of **** car.
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        You say that because you can"t Afford it.
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        you must not be able to adfford one
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        It'll school almost any car on the road at a fraction of the price. Get back into your Prius & hit the road.
        • 2 Years Ago
        You probably drive a non American car. GM is still the best
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      give me an L-88
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      I have had 36 Corvettes since 1971, from a 1956 to a 2006 Z-06. They have just been getting better and better, with some exceptions.The Z-06 gets nearly 26 MPG on the Hiway and has "tons" of space for golf clubs to almost anything.It's a great traveling car too. I have been on the track at full speed and it handles better than some full race cars .No service issues either, non at all. I can't wait to see the new C-7 and look forward to the new interior and , I hope enhanced performance. Keep 'em coming!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've had 3 Corvettes. A fantastic automoblie. Each generation has gotten better. Great gas mileage and a great ride. I'm sure the C7 will be a great car.
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