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The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible in Geneva (Auto... The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible in Geneva (Autoblog).
After causing major buzz in January at the Detroit Auto Show with the showing of the all-new redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, General Motors is trying to do the same with Europeans by showing the convertible version this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Europe, with its car park of small fuel sippers, German premium cars and sports cars by BMW, Audi, Alfa Romeo and the like, may not seem like a great market for an iconic American sports car. But GM is trying desperately to build up its Chevy brand on the continent as its century old Opel brand faces demise. Chevy success outside the U.S. is a critical pierce of General Motors comeback after going through bankruptcy in 2009.

Chevrolet sold 194,650 Chevy vehicles in Western Europe last year, and 541,760 in all of Europe, including Russia, which GM has had a stronghold for many years. That business is up, while Opel sales fell 16% last year, twice the rate of the 8% decline the whole European market experienced. Opel sold a total of 834,790 vehicles.

So, how can the Corvette help? "This new Corvette design, much more than past designs, has a global reach and appeal," says AOL Editor-in-Chief David Kiley. "It's unique and stands out against other offerings in the premium sports and convertible, and that is a good thing for Chevy going forward not only in Europe but China and the Middle East," says Kiley.

The best year Corvette has ever had in Europe was about 1,200 cars. But GM Europe chief Susan Docherty says, "We expect to do a lot more if we can get them from the U.S., but the real benefit to Chevy in Europe is the people will come to the showrooms to see it."

The Corvette coupe and convertible goes on sale in the U.S. and Europe later this year. Chevy's Kentucky manufacturing plant that turns out Corvettes can only do about 35,000 a year, and GM executives expect that, based on the response the company has gotten since January (the debut helped AOL Autos' Autoblog set a traffic record), workers at the plant will be working over-time all year.

How does the Corvette convertible stack up? The highlight of the new Corvette is an electrically powered, fabric folding top that can be operated remotely by the key fob. The top can be opened or closed while the car is moving at speeds up to 30 mph.

Like the coupe version, the Corvette convertible uses a new aluminum frame structure, which is stiffer and lighter and requires minimum changes to accommodate the folding top. Both coupe and convertible are powered by a new 6.2-liter, 450-horsepower V-8 engine.

For more pics of the new Corvette, check out our gallery below:



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      kittenblu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I thought this was a Camero from the back end. And the front looks like a Viper. When are they going to make corvette an original look. It looks like they are chopping and pasteing together a cars. Lame.
        pnut166
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kittenblu
        Your taste in cars is as bad as your grammar - the `vette has it`s own look, and is stunning !
      MarkP
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can see the full press release, reveal video and photos here: http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/c7-corvette/133924-chevrolet-lifts-lid-2014-corvette-stingray-convertible.html
      d.frobel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they should be consertrating on small cheep electric cars now whith the way things are going,,nice car but who can afford it,,
      arenadood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevy will do OK with this car. They have a dedicated Corvette following that will go on forever, no matter what any other company offers.
      Denver
      • 2 Years Ago
      .bought my wife an 04 as an our company car Dec 03 - I wasn't real sure of the body style but when I watched her pull back into the dealership with that smile I knew I was an owner. And actually it's been a good car mechanically. However, we also own two '69 L88/4spd and a '62 carcass vin'ed 10-31-62 so I can build a Halloween or birthday car for myself - one of these days. However, I will tell you that most stealerships will nail you with maint fees because it's their top of the line car. But if you do research and are somewhat mechanically inclined they are easy to work on. Now she's got a FY12 Grand Sport which is a pretty amazing car - soon I'll be back the stealership looking at one of these new ones. I’d like to see the return of chrome bumpers and split windows.
      findrobin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just as ugly as the rest of the older models. Time for a revamp of the entire look. It's been old and getting older with NO NEW appeal. Time for a change.
      • 2 Years Ago
      the traiblzer was the last om many gm products I owned for many years. They have nothing I want to buy now. I recently cancelled my GM credit card and told them to keep the points I earned toward the purchace of a gm auto.
      • 2 Years Ago
      disappointed,,,,i was going to trade my 08'----'' dont want a crossdresser''----------------dont like the back of the camaro!===========try again
      balticstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's great!
      iquniverse
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM has no shame ! Knowledgeable people know that the Corvette is an almost an identical copy of the new Viper. And if you put the Viper's hood, front grill, side scoops and rear end for the last ten years and look at the following year Corvette, it is almost a direct "copy-cat" of the previous design. Let's see now ! if we want to a mass production car and meet ourselves going and coming, do we buy a $122,000 ZR1 or an almost identical $50,000 model ? Or for less money, do you buy a Venom Viper Twin Turbo (1200 HP) that is a limited production hand assembled car like a Bentley or Rolls Royce and in a totally different class ? Wake up grasshoppers ! Nuff Sed !
        wkb2texans
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iquniverse
        You need to go see your eye doctor ...
        a2004ssr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iquniverse
        Youre full of it , Viper Venom costs 200k plus brand new , take your BS elsewhere wannabe
        a2004ssr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iquniverse
        Venom Viper for less money?? Stop the nonsense , they cost 200k and up new. Youre just another fool trying to compare quarter million dollar cars to a $60k Corvette.
          iquniverse
          • 2 Years Ago
          @a2004ssr
          A2004ssr What are you smoking ? I've owned numerous Corvettes and several Vipers and you need to get your facts straight. There has never been a quarter of a million dollar Viper, even the racing versions are under the ZR1 and that car set the record at Nurburing, won Lemans, Sebring, etc.. The new ZR1's at $122,000 are more than a Venom Viper Twin Turbo with custom paint and wheels (I have a new one). Don't bother to send anybody whatever you are smoking.
          iquniverse
          • 2 Years Ago
          @a2004ssr
          A2004ssr Oh I'm sorry. You are right. You can actually buy a cookie cutter bare bones VW (Viper Wannabee) Corvette for less than a new Viper. My mistake.
      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fine ride! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
      benplhrs743
      • 2 Years Ago
      just another car that no matter how hard I work I can't ever own
        LONNIE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @benplhrs743
        I used to say that. I came from a very poor family that had nothing. I worked and saved my ass off until I finally got enough money to buy my dream car-A Corvette. In 1995 I went down and test drove them, knowing I was going to buy one and did. My dream had come true. Two weeks later the nightmare started. I had bought a lemon. I had the car 8 months. It was in the shop 14 times for 10 different problems. I was going 75 mph in Cincinati on I75 by the stadium, going to Watertown NY. The right rear wheel locked up-solid-on Thanksgiving weekend. No dealers open. It eventually unlocked and I went on. It happened again in Cleveland. I waited and it cleared. I made it to NY and back to Pensacola. That was the start. I just bought a bad car. It did not/will not stop me from buying another. So maybe one day you can get one also.
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