C4: 12 models spanning 13 years.
C5: 8 model years.
C6: 3 so far. (Progression? I think not--but, some guys say C6 was such
a "minor" change that there's a C7 possible in 2010.)
1. Governing factors: Market health, available capital (selling off the
GMAC was only a temporary help--other car lines gotta get healthy--soon!),
competition, value of the dollar against foreign currencies. If you've
got a good crystal ball, I'll buy lunch.
2. History: Usually, the third model in a series has the major issues
3. Reality: Life is short.
4. Suggestion: If you like this year's color and trim offerings, jump in.
Can't disagree with your thinking but would add that the "super" Corvette may
skew the C7 introduction date. It can bolster the C6 sales and prolong it's life
or it could make a big splash as the top dog for the C7 introduction (not
likely). My guess is that GM will stretch the C6 life close to the 2010 you
suggest but wouldn't be surprised to see it die in '09. New C7 in 2010 without
the "super" Corvette like the new Z06 did to pick up sales with the "super"
coming out in 2011.
Depends on what the penny jinglers need to get their biggest bonus and has
little to do with the Corvette driving public. Which brings up the price of the
C7 that will hit 50 grand before it's 6 months old, maybe at release.
Number 3 is a big factor, life is short and is only getting shorter.
By the way, that 10 year old Corvette, unless it already has 150,000 miles on
it, will make another 10 years without missing a beat, you're going to trade
because you want to, when you want to, what we think shouldn't matter. ;-)
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