2014 Chevy Corvette C7 Stingray Interview Video with Harlan Charles @ 2013 Detroit Auto Show
http://www.autobytel.com/auto-shows/united-states/detroit/?id=32972 Road Test Editor Benjamin Hunting catches up with Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show for some excellent insights on the new C7 Stingray.
How did you balance the evolution of the design with what people come to expect to see in a Corvette?
"We really wanted to create an all new Corvette, every surface, everything people see was intended to be all new but also unmistakably Corvette. In the back of our minds we wanted to bring back the passion of the Stingray; some of the famous Corvettes like the 1959 Corvette racecar designed by Bill Mitchell, or the 1963 split-window. We wanted to bring back some of that passion but necessarily the same design cues. The goal was to create a new Corvette statement going forward that builds on the past but in an entirely new way. So one of the fine balances we did was incorporating a lot of racing technology which you can see in the car via the functional air vents and cooling outlets derived from the racecar while at the same time trying to make the car more sophisticated and upscale."
Are we going to see different variations of the Corvette that will allow you to take on higher end GT cars?
"Within the new Corvette Stingray line-up we have the Z-51 Performance Package to satisfy those who are looking for more track oriented performance, but then there will be different options at a higher luxury level that can be added on such as faux leather or suede headliner. We are going to have a lot of different ways that you can tailor the car to your needs whether it is more towards the performance end of the spectrum or the luxury GT end. What this will do is not only open the car up to the hard-core performance enthusiasts, but also to those who appreciate cars in general."
Will there be additional smaller displacement engines in the future?
"I will say the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray does have a large displacement 6.2 liter engine, but there is an Eco-Mode with cylinder deactivation which essentially makes the car under certain conditions a 3.1 liter 4-cylinder. With this technology we are allowing people to have the best of both worlds: a large V-8 with 450 ft.-lbs. of torque when you want it and you can also have the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder."
The Corvette gets faster with each new generation; will we ever hit a wall in terms of performance?
"We keep pushing the technology envelope. On the C6 Corvette, we never thought that the car would make over 630 horsepower in the ZR-1, but we did surpass that figure. And I think the performance will keep on going, people will always want more power and more speed. We are going to keep pushing the envelope as much as we can."
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Volkswagen CrossBlue TDI Diesel Hybrid Concept Car Video @ 2013 Detroit Auto Show
http://www.autobytel.com/auto-shows/united-states/detroit/ Volkswagen has
long been the torch bearer for clean diesel technology in the U.S. Their
line-up of TDI cars have been at the top of the fuel economy list for
non-hybrid vehicles over the past decade. Autobytel's Editor in Chief
caught up with Kevin Joostema who is the Volkswagen GM of Product Marketing
and Strategy for some inside info on this new CrossBlue hybrid concept car.
The VW CrossBlue concept combines the best of both worlds; a very fuel
efficient TDI engine with two electric motors. This highly innovative
system takes the world famous line of TDI engines and combines that power
plant with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of two electric motors and a
lithium-ion battery pack. The result is not only a powerful SUV but a very
economical one. The combined power output is said to be 305 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of
torque. Fuel economy figures are estimated at 89 MPGe (electric mode only)
and 35 MPG hybrid mode.
The CrossBlue Concept Car is a concept study for a mid-sized SUV. What is
unique about this concept car is that it is a 6/7 Seat SUV that gets
incredible gas mileage. The CrossBlue is a study on what the needs and
shape of a future SUV could be. The unique and interesting part is the
powertrain. The concept has a dual plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain that
has an 89 MPG electric rating and 35 MPG in the hybrid electric assist
Volkswagen is using this concept as a study in an effort to gather the
public's reaction. VW has experienced year over year growth for 3 years
straight and they know that in order to sell 800k vehicles in the U.S. this
segment is an important market.
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2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Test Drive & Sports Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/corvette/2013/?id=32972 The 2013
Chevrolet Corvette is the last available car from the C6 model run.
Chevrolet has already debuted the new C7 Corvette Stingray and those
bow-tie lovers out there are already excited. So what does the last C6
model year have to offer? Well the Grand Sport trim is set above the base
model but below the high performance Z06. With the Grand Sport you get more
luxury amenities combined with some performance parts from the Z06. The
base price on the 2013 Chevy Grand Sport Coupe model is $56,000 with the
Convertible model starting at $59,600.
For over 60 years the Chevrolet Corvette has been the iconic American
sports car. This is the end of the 6th generation Corvette and usually when
you get to the end of a vehicle run there are some special editions that
debut; and that is what we have here. This is the Corvette Grand Sport and
it sits nicely between the base model and the Z06. The Grand Sport may not
have the big 7.0 liter V-8 engine the Z06 has but that means the price is
also more affordable and the fuel economy is much better at 16 MPG in the
city and 26 MPG on the highway.
According to James Bell of General Motors: "This vehicle represents the
send-off for the C6 generation because the all new C7 generation will be on
the market pretty soon. What you have here with the Grand Sport is the base
model 6.2 liter V-8 engine capable of 430 horsepower and sub 4-second
0-60 MPH runs done up with some cool parts. This car has the graphics
package on the side, the gills on the fenders, the rear brake vents, and
the Magnetic Ride Suspension which allows this car to corner at over 1.0g."
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is essentially a base model C6 with
a lot of Z06 performance, appearance, and handling enhancing parts. Overall
the Grand Sport is a great effort but we are all eagerly awaiting the new
C7 Corvette Stingray.
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2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray C7 Track Test & First Drive Video Review
Chevrolet offered a brief meet and greet with their next generation
Corvette to a few lucky journalists to kick off this year's Pebble Beach
Classic Car Week in Monterey, CA and Autobytel's own Benjamin Hunting was
on hand to test out the latest version of America's favorite affordable
sports car. The all-new C7 Corvette is not only easy on the wallet, with
an as tested price of $53,000 but the new Stingray will be easy on the
wallet as well with an EPA estimated 29 MPG on the highway thanks to the
new LT1 V8 engine equipped with fuel saving technologies like direct
injection and cylinder deactivation. The latter takes advantage of the
V8's larger displacement compared to the outgoing LS3, allowing the 2014
Corvette to function as a more effective four cylinder.
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2013 Ford Explorer Sport EcoBoost Walkaround & SUV Video Review with Chief Engineer Bill Gubing
http://www.autobytel.com/ford/explorer/2013/?id=32972 Autobytel recently
caught up with the Explorer's Chief Engineer Bill Gubing for some in-depth
info on both the appearance aspects and the performance aspects of the 2013
Ford Explorer Sport SUV.
Up front one of the most notable appearance features is the new front
grille. Here we see the contrasting high gloss bars with the low gloss mesh
behind that really sets off the front of this vehicle. Ford took the
muscular look of the 2011 model and wanted to make the new 2013 model stand
out even more. Besides the front grille, Ford created a technical wrap by
blacking out the grille, headlights, and also the lower bumper openings.
The Explorer name was added to the front of the vehicle for the first time.
From the side the large 20-inch wheels with black painted pockets are the
first thing you notice. The blacked-out theme continues along the Explorer
with blacked-out mirror caps, side skirts, and roof rails. Out back it's
more of the same. The taillights have the smoked treatment with the rear
diffuser darkened too. The rear eye-catcher though is the dual polished Exhaust tips.
Moving to the interior of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport the first thing you
notice is the illuminated kick plate. The interior is all about
craftsmanship with many upgrades being added to the Sport trim level. The
seats have a sienna color insert with contrast stitching. The Explorer
design team looked at European Fashion houses and looked at what was coming
out in the Leather world to gain some insights into the future of
automobile interior surfaces. The trim pieces have a high metallic look
that blend nicely with the blacked-out exterior direction. Sony branded
audio is standard with HD radio. The Explorer also features the 8-inch
touch screen with MyFord Touch.
Most SUV buyers can be categorized as those either looking for fuel economy
or those looking for power. Ford met the needs of both groups with the
different EcoBoost engine options.
The 2.0 liter EcoBoost is perfect
for the fuel economy minded customer and the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V-6 for those looking for more power. In
fact the 3.5 liter turbocharged EcoBoost makes 365 horsepower. There is a ton
of power that needed to be effectively put down to the road. This is where
the AWD system was completely retuned optimizing for the torque sensing
system making sure the power would be put to the pavement. The wheels were
widened to 9-inches and wrapped in a performance tire. In regards to
vehicle dynamics; the body structure was stiffened via a tower to tower
brace and a cross tunnel brace. Overall lateral stiffness was increased by
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Brand NEW C7 Corvette Interview
I saw the C7 for the first time and it was great! I am still iffy about the
tail lights, but in person they are so much better than in the pics.This
video is my version of what I think is a good walkaround. The hard top
coupe with the carbon fiber top that was in the trunk was a z51 Vette. The
convertible was also a z51 vette I tried to cover the whole car and "Lady
Stingray" did a good job with the verbal overview. Any questions feel free
to comment below! She said that the car will be in the mid $50,000 range
and it will be out in August!!! Im excited! I also asked her if I could sit
in in, and she said NO :(
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Corvette C7 Stingray in Wettswil-ZH - Schweiz -02.03.2013
Wow, was für eine Ehre:
Die 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray Live bei der Vorpremiere in Wettswil -
Zürich, vorab vor dem Genfer Automobilsalon 2013, erleben zu dürfen. Und
dies in einem ausgesuchten Kreis von Corvette-Fahrer und Corvette-Fans!
Vielen Dank von meiner Seite an Kurt Huber und seinem Team von
Und was uns da präsentiert wurde. Die neue 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray zieht
jeden in ihren Bann. Nun ist die Corvette bei den Super Sportwagen
Edle Verarbeitung, einzigartige Erscheinung. Die neue 2014 Corvette C7
Stingray sieht Live x-mal besser aus wie auf den Fotos.
Ich bin begeistert. Und Du? Schreib mir deinen Kommentar!
Wow, what an honor:
The 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray live at the première in Wettswil - to be
able to experience Zurich in advance before the Geneva Motor Show 2013. And
this in a select circle of Corvette Corvette drivers and fans! Many thanks
from my side to Kurt Huber and his team of http://www.corvettetotal.ch/
And what was presented to us there. The new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray pulls
everyone in its spell. Now the Corvette is definitely arrived at the
Fine workmanship, unique appearance. The new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray
looks live x-times better off in the photos.
Corvette ist alles für mich, mehr als nur ein Auto, es gibt einem die
Möglichkeit das Leben ein wenig mehr geniessen zu können..
Ich habe im Sommer 2011 den SwissHeartbeatGold Preis für mein 1986 C4
Corvette is everything to me -more than a car, it's a way of life.
I have won the SwissHeartbeatGold Award in Summer 2011 for my 86'C4
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First 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Sold To Rick Hendrick At Barrett-Jackson
Congratulations to Mr. Rick Hendrick for winning the first C7 Corvette
Stingray, Vin #0001, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona
Details about the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray:
(Copied from AOL Autos)
Inside a ramshackle industrial facility in northern Detroit, Chevrolet
unveiled the 2014 Corvette C7, the model's first overhaul in nine years. It
contains a next-generation V8 engine, a small-block LT1 that combines
several advanced technologies into one package and takes drivers from 0 to
60 in less than four seconds.
But for Corvette, this isn't about statistics. "It's more than just a
sports car," said GM design chief Ed Welburn. "It's an emotion. It's a
passion. It is a vehicle that is larger than life."
For those reasons, it was perhaps the perfect vehicle to headline the first
night of the North American International Auto Show. After years of
economic doldrums brought on by the Great Recession, the auto industry
needed a larger-than-life icon to help celebrate more than 15 million units
sold in 2012.
Hundreds of sports-car enthusiasts hooted and hollered Sunday night as
Chevrolet pulled curtains back and revealed the C7 inside the Russell
Industrial Center, which felt more like a nightclub than a factory. They
lingered around the bright-red specimen displayed for more than an hour
after the reveal.
Most of the hard-core already knew some specifics about the model, like
it's 450 horsepower and 450
pound-feet of torque.
Chevrolet added a twist, announcing the C7 will carry the Stingray name, a
nod to the Corvette's early heritage throughout the 1960s.
"It matches the concept they had a couple of years ago, and they really hit
the nail on the head," said John Dunlap, a 27-year-old Corvette owner and
enthusiast who scored a ticket to Sunday's unveiling through the National
Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
He drove his 2002 C5 from Minerva, Ohio to Detroit for the unveiling. Years
ago, he was tempted to upgrade to the C6, but was instead glad he waited
for the oft-delayed C7 model.
"They needed to make it sexier and relate it to its heritage," Dunlap said.
"And the interior is going to blow our minds. Hopefully, that's really up
there, the quality of the materials. I'm a touchy-feeling kind of guy, and
the interior, before, was something that everyone knocked on."
Critics had panned the no-frills interior on the C6 model. But that was the
least of Corvette's problems in recent years. There were few brands that
symbolized the auto industry's crisis better.
As General Motors teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, the sports-car
market was ravaged by the economy, losing approximately 41 percent of its
sales from its pre-recession high. Sales of the Corvette, which debuted in
1953, slumped to their lowest numbers in nearly a half-century, falling to
13,164 in 2011.
Worse yet perhaps, the Corvette's more muscular sibling, the Chevy Camaro, gained a ton of
attention after a mid-decade redesign that drove sales as high as 88,248 in
2011. But even as General Motors discarded sacred brands and models in the
midst of its government-backed rescue, the Corvette endured.
"The soul of our company is indeed in Corvette," Mark Reuss, GM's chairman
of North America, said Sunday. "Since 1953, through good times and bad for
this company, there was always the Corvette, demonstrating what it means to
If there are nods to the Corvette's heritage in the new design, there are
also subtle nods to the present competition. Gone are the car's trademark
rounded tail lights, replaced with more boxy lights that resemble those
found on the Camaro.
That's not an update that sits well with many long-time Corvette owners.
"Many individuals are concerned about the rear square lights," said Tommy
DeLuca, who owns a 2005 Corvette. "My concern would be how to differentiate
the tail lights from other GM cars. The tail lights should be different so
that anyone looking at the car will know it is a Corvette."
The C7 is one of 13 new Chevrolet products that will hit U.S. show rooms
this year. Like many of the others, it arrives lighter than past models.
Engineers said Sunday they had trimmed 90 pounds from the car, and used
carbon fiber on even the base trim level.
Pricing was not announced Sunday night, but it is expected the base model
of the C7 will cost more than the $49,600 of the base C6 predecessor. Fuel
economy is expected to reach 18 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on
Combine the overhauled interior with the substantial exterior changes with
the structural differences and drop in weight, and it's a dramatically
"It's a bigger departure from the C6 to the C7 than I think it was from the
C5 to the C6," Dunlap said. "It has a more exotic look, a more sexy look.
They're trying to get a lot of young people involved, and I think this is
the car to do it."
2014 C7 highway testing
Had a little fun with a 2014 C7 Corvette on the highway, it was allot faster than my C5. My young daughter
worked the camera while I drove. The driver smiled and waved and had just
as much as fun as we did.
ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" --
the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
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The 2014 C7 Corvette Stingrays Leave the National Corvette Museum
At the end of the National Corvette Museum's 2013 Bash, the C7 Corvette
Coupe and Convertible were moved outside and loaded into a transporter.
Driving the Corvettes were Bob Bubnis and Adam Boca of the National
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Review
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