There has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the exterior design of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray since its debut back in January at the Detroit Auto Show. To quell – or possibly stir up – detractors, Autoweek talked to Tom Peters, GM's director of exterior design for performance cars, fullsize trucks and large crossovers, so that he might have a chance to explain/defend the styling of the C7 'Vette, especially when it comes to the car's rump.

In attempting to "create as much newness as possible," Peters says that the squared-off taillights fit the new design better and helped give the new Corvette its own signature styling. In regards to the similarities with the taillights of the Camaro, Peters points out that earlier generations of the two cars shared similarly shaped rear lights in the '60s and early '70s. Around the Autoblog water cooler, some of us think the problem lies not with the taillights but rather with the round exhaust outlets and the tacked-on rear spoiler. Feel free to share your own thoughts in the Comments.

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      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      He shouldn`t have said anything about the design. Don`t like it, don`t buy it. From what I seen so far GM has more apologies to make over the new Silverado.
      redgpgtp97
      • 1 Year Ago
      There will always be a difference of opinion no matter how they redesign or what the redesign looks like.
      34ten
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think chevy is having designs issues across the board. the new malibu was a miss. personally i hate the new silverado. for the anticipation they built up for the SS, i feel it was a let down. it makes me miss the G8 even more. i felt that had something going with the last malibu, the camaro, the cruze. even the equinox surprised me. i think they coulda chose a way better design for the corvette. but at least there is a new corvette to look at
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give GM credit for one thing... this car has generated more discussion that anything else in recent memory - in advertising terms that has to be good.
      mr chill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a fan of Corvettes and I think it is the best looking modern Corvette yet.
      El Timbo Libre
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember the outcry when the Vette ditched the pop-up headlamps. Everyone got over that. Sometimes designers need to be committed to change, regardless of whatever "heritage" cues get left behind. I think the Vette's true heritage is lightweight, affordable, comfortable performance that is the equal of exotics costing tons more. Taillight shapes aren't heritage. The Corvette's mission statement is, IMHO.
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @El Timbo Libre
        The thing is that the car has Camaro tail lights. Tail lights from a car that is worth half as much. Talk about being cheap two fold.
          Michael D. Mitchell
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
          No, it doesn't... The Camaro went back to a dual taillight theme after not having them since 1973, while the Corvette has had them since 1961. Just because they're angular instead of round doesn't mean anything. And as someone said earlier, ALL Chevrolets have adopted that visual element in some form or fashion, effectively tying the brand together
          SoulRebel
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
          And the Lamborghini Diablo had headlights from a Nissan 300ZX. Nobody seemed to mind those.
      Ryth
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have no problems with the taillights. I have more of an issue with the back rump of the car...it doesn't flow with the rest of the lines of the front and mid.
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryth
        I personally like the taillights. For me, the main complaints would be with the quad round exhaust pipes, and all the black trim. I think "fixing" those two things would go a long way.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      "exterior design for performance cars, fullsize trucks and large crossovers".. well, there is your problem. The same old guy that gave you the "new" Silverado got his hands on this. He is so old he fell asleep by the time they got to the back.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice job,Tom.
      Doug Devera
      • 1 Year Ago
      Designers are like all humans. They dislike criticism. The bottom line is that the Corvette is a consumer product and the ultimate judgement of a successful product is how well the public likes it, not how much sense the design makes. I've always been a fan of the Corvette and like the new design.
      asdf
      • 1 Year Ago
      No need to defend yourself Tom. It looks menacing and I mean that as a compliment.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love them and I will be buying it in less than 5 years.
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