Chevy begins shipping C7 Corvette Stingray

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Chevrolet Begins Shipping 2014 Corvette Stingray
All-new Stingray Coupes rolling out of Bowling Green plant for dealers nationwide 2013-09-18
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Chevrolet today began shipping the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe to dealers.
"It's an amazing sight to see the transporters filled with Stingrays heading to customers in all corners of the country," said Dave Tatman, plant manager of General Motors' Bowling Green Assembly plant. "The pride at Bowling Green is overwhelming and it shows in the tremendous quality and attention to detail going into each one of these new Corvettes."
Bowling Green Assembly has produced approximately 1,000 Corvette Stingrays for customer deliveries. Most of these vehicles are expected to be delivered to dealers within the next few weeks. To expedite delivery, vehicles may be shipped out of build sequence, which is a normal part of any new vehicle launch.
The Bowling Green facility underwent a $131-million upgrade to support production of the Corvette Stingray, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the car's all-new aluminum frame in-house for the first time.
The lightweight aluminum frame is the foundation for the most powerful standard Corvette ever, with an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (624 Nm) – and 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) with the available performance exhaust system. It is also the most capable standard Corvette ever, with Z51-equipped models able to sprint from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, achieve 1.03g in cornering grip and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet.
Complementing its performance capability with efficiency, the Corvette Stingray delivers the best fuel economy of any sports car on the market – an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. No other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg on the highway.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the seventh generation of the sports car, which has been built exclusively at the Bowling Green plant since June 1981.
Pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe starts at $51,995 including destination. The Convertible is priced at $56,995 including destination. Production of the Stingray Convertible will begin by the end of this year.
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I would really be afraid to be the owner of one of these very first ones. You know these cars have gremlins just waiting to drive the new owners totally nuts. The Chevrolet dealers will be on a learning curve and will not be up to speed on servicing the new C-7s for a few years yet. Yikes.
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Your fear is noted as it was on my 2005 that now has 50,000 miles on it and was back to the dealer twice. Replaced a hyd-check on the hatch and the release button. Nearly flawless with no repair cost to me and the paltry gas mileage of 24.6 to 30 MPG. You need to get out of the house once in awhile. The '05 will be 9 years old in 3 weeks.
Had the dealer write up an order 3 weeks ago but their allotment is so small it could be next year before it will drop like it did on my '97 that ended up a '98. They seem to have their poop in a group this time and most likely will build more than 9,752 so who knows.
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Just a quick look at the news today.
Chip Fault Leads to Honda Recall Honda recently recalled 342K Odyssey minivans and 63.4K Acura MDXs to fix a malfunctioning computer chip in the airbag control unit.
BMW recalls more than 134,000 5-Series cars BMW is recalling more than 134,000 5-Series cars in the U.S. because the rear lights can fail. The recall, posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, affects 528i, 535i, ...
Driven to distraction? Businessman smashes up BMW An Iranian businessman furious over the level of customer service at luxury carmaker BMW took matters - and an ax - into his own hands, smashing up his $160,000 car in a publicity stunt.
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Gold is pretty low. I think I will buy $60k worth of gold and by the time the bugs are worked out of the C7, I likely will be able to afford 2. But I will only buy 1 and bank the rest.
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I bought mine in 2000 after it took it's dive from the 1980 price, want to buy it? That way I can buy 2 now to have one to drive while they're looking for the bugs you're talking about in the other one.
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I actually like the looks of the C7 if they match the color of the body vents with that of the car. Compared to the C7, the C6 and C5 look rather gaudy. Tired of the 'door stop' profile.
Our dealers here are morons. Vettes comes back with more wrong than when they went in. Like grease on the carpets and scratches in the paint.
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Like always you miss the point of my posts, quit talking about your investing opportunities and do it. Bad dealers only "service" the cars they don't design them. Your constant bad mouthing of the Corvette won't change what it is or who buys them.
Your dismissal of what my friend has done with his life reflects your pettiness. First off he's not just my friend, he's a friend to everyone he meets. He would never say anything derogatory to or about someone or something even if it was obvious. He worked hard, played hard, and above all was/is attentive and courteous to everyone. In other words when he wanted something he went after it with a obsession and above all he did it with class. He trusted people to a fault, who do you know that would send a 17 year old pimple faced grand kid to his prom in a 1955 black Corvette. That kid knew he would have that car back without any, and I mean any issues, none. His grandpa demanded that kind of respect just by his interaction with people. Yesterday at age 81 he drove the Hurst/Hertz Mustang 4 speed from another state to the show as much to see his friends as he did for the show, great weather, went home with best in show.
Now back to the point of this thread, I have only seen one of the C7s in Michigan and the blue was different and not what I'd choose. Not sure about the micro fiber seat face yet but it was a surprise when I got in so I'll wait a see how it feels when it's on the road. I still think the engine design is outstanding and if everything goes well I'll have one.
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Sorry, I am not dismissing your friend. He sounds very cool.
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Corvette is totally useless for loading up the grandkids. Or going hunting or taking a trip to the beach. A pretty useless car if you ask me. What is it good for? GM just has to modify some trim and thousands of lemmings send GM their paychecks. I am considering spending my Corvette coin on gold and perhaps a new orange ranch. Horrors. Actually a smart investment rather than throwing money down a rathole called an automobile. Only good autos I see are those at Barrets that morons pay too much for. God, would I love to rip those morons a new one.
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Certainly hasn't been the case as every time I started one of them there was more than one of them that wanted to go for a ride with grandpa. I no longer need to put the child seat in it and turn off the air bag for any of the grand kids. Actually before I would take any of my grand kids to the beach I'd now let them drive their own car. On the other hand it's a fun car to teach them how to drive a standard shift.
Talked to an old friend at a car show today that sold 3 of his Corvettes at Mechum auction for $1,640,000. He's now thinking about selling his Hurst/Hertz Mustang, not sure the year maybe '65 or '66 that has a value of about $145,000. His wife has passed and it's just not the same for him and I think he kept only one of his 11 Corvettes, a 1958 silver blue fuel injected beauty, I was surprised that he sold his L88.
Is there always a black cloud following you?
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Congrats to your friend.
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On Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:27:14 PM UTC-4, MummyChunk wrote:

I love my 2000 C5 Convertible 6 Spd with every available option and 33 MPG on the open road. However, I am inclined to break down and go for the new convertible - I saw a picture of a silver bronze one - gorgeous.
Bob Drake BLUE C5 ... VA
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