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General Motors set hearts ablaze when it official unveiled the C8 Corvette Stingray back in August. With sexy good looks, a thumping 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 495 horsepower situated behind the driver (a first for a production Corvette) and a starting price of just under $60,000, the 2020 Corvette is sure to be massive hit for General Motors. The droptop variants of Corvettes are nearly as revered as their fixed-roof counterparts, and the convertible version of the C8 Corvette Stingray has just been officially revealed. This time around, there's no fabric roof -- instead, the vehicle features a power retractable hardtop that can be stowed (or opened) in just 16 seconds. As an added bonus,... Read more...
In what could be one of the best performance bargains in the sports car/supercar market in quite some time, General Motors has officially announced pricing for its 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. True to its word, the Corvette Stingray is priced "below $60,000", and it just barely makes the cut at $59,995 (including destination fee). That $59,995 price is for the 1LT spec without any options applied. But even in base trim, the Corvette Stingray is well equipped -- especially compared to its similarly-priced peers. The standard engine, of course, is the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine producing 490 horsepower and a generous 465 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.... Read more...
Well folks, here it is: the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, aka C8 Corvette. The vehicle isn't officially supposed to be unveiled until a little over an hour from right now, but as with most things these days, it has leaked early. Just look at it. It looks downright amazing with its new mid-engine proportions. The Corvette Stingray is full of creases throughout: there are sharp creases across its frunk, along its sides, and even the huge air intakes on its hips are sharply raked and angular in nature. To our eyes, while the front 3/4 view is no doubt compelling, the rear 3/4 view is nearly as eye-catching. The only "miss" to my eyes is the rather plain look of the rear deck from... Read more...
Tonight will be a historic moment for gearheads that intently follow the car industry. The Chevrolet Corvette throughout its entire run as a production vehicle has been a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle. And the for vast majority of those years, it has been powered by a V8 engine. The 2020 Corvette Stingray [C8] changes that, as it will switch to a more preferable -- for a supercar -- mid-engine layout. While General Motors has teased the C8 Corvette Stingray for the past few months, the actual unveil will take place tonight at 10:50pm ET (7:50pm PT). You'll be able to watch the show by visiting the following link, or by checking out the embed below later tonight. Up until this point,... Read more...
"America's Sports" car is getting its most radical makeover in its 60+ years of existence for its 8th generation (C8). The Corvette has always been a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle, but that all changes for the 2020 model year which sees the car shift to a mid-engine configuration. General Motors has been parading around prototypes with production body panels in place, but they are heavily camouflaged to hide the vehicle's true lines. However, new Corvettes have a tendency to leak ahead of their official reveal, and the new C8 is no exception. Witness the bit 'ol ass of the new Corvette, which seems to take some styling cues both from the current Corvette and... Read more...
After years of speculation, spy shots and insider rumors from General Motors, the automotive giant has finally confirmed what we already knew: the mythical mid-engined Corvette will soon be upon us. The idea of a mid-engined Corvette dates back to the 60s (via various concepts and design studies), but the vehicle has soldiered on in a front-engine/rear-wheel-drive configuration for 7 generations. Chevrolet paraded the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette along the streets of New York City this week, and the long-slung two-seater was still wearing camouflage. However, you can still clearly make out the vehicle's proportions and the huge air intake behind the doors that feeds the mid-mounted... Read more...
Today is a rather sad day for fans of General Motors. The company announced that it is laying off 15 percent of its workforce in North America, and will close a total of five manufacturing plants on the continent. With regards to its workforce, a total of 14,000 contract and salaried workers will be out of a job in 2019. As for its manufacturing plants, the following will all be closed within the next year: Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan General Motors says that this represents the latest step in its efforts to "accelerate... Read more...
The Detroit Auto Show is just a few months away, which means that the next-generation C8 Chevrolet Corvette is starting to shed more and more of its heavy camouflage. Back in early October, we got a nice look at the track-oriented C8.R racing around Road America wearing final bodywork. This time around, the regular production C8 Corvette has been spotted tooling around at the Nürburging in Germany. General Motors is looking to take on all challengers from Porsche to Ferrari,and has built the C8 on an all-new mid-engine platform. As you can see from the accompanying photos, there is a massive air intake behind the front doors to channel air back to the mid-mounted engine along with... Read more...
In case you haven't already heard (or have been living under a rock for the past two years), the next generation Chevrolet Corvette is going to a mid-engined sports cars. After 60+ years with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, General Motors apparently feels that it's time for a change to better compete with the exotics from Europe. Although there are numerous images circulating around the internet of the production version of the C8 rolling around on public roads, these new photos are the first we've seen of the new C8.R. Like the C7.R that came before it, this is the race-ready version of the Corvette that will be hitting the racetrack. Let's first start off with the looks of this... Read more...
When it comes to self-driving cars, we've seen various takes from auto manufacturers. For the most part, they all add the hardware and software necessary to allow complete control of a vehicle by a computer, but retain primary controls (like the steering wheel and accelerator/brake pedal) for the driver to operate in the case of an emergency. General Motors' new Cruise AV throws tradition out the window by removing the steering wheel and the foot-operated pedals. In essence, you are simply along for the ride -- at all times. It seems a little unsettling at first to not see a big steering wheel dominating the left-hand side of the cabin, but if technology keeps advancing at the rate its going,... Read more...
It's good to be the king! Just over two weeks ago, General Motors officially pulled the wraps off the scintillating 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (days after it had leaked to the internet). Now, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the convertible version of the vehicle made a surprise appearance. This marks the first-ever factory Corvette ZR1 convertible, and it is every bit as attractive (maybe even more so) and formidable as its closed-roof sibling. Under the low-slung hood still beats a supercharged LT5 V8 engine pumping out 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. As with the coupe, you'll have your choice of a seven-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic (which, surprisingly, seems to... Read more...
Tesla founder Elon Musk has been hyping up self-driving capabilities of his company's upcoming Model 3 automobile, but if you ask General Motors, the automaker will tell you he is "full of crap." Yes, those were the words GM's director of autonomous vehicle integration Scott Miller threw at Australian journalists in Detroit, which leaves little doubt to how and (and presumably his employer) really feels about Tesla."I think he is full of crap," Miller said. "To think you can see everything you need for a level five autonomous car with cameras and radar, I don't know how you do that."Image Source: TeslaMiller is referring to the rating system introduced by the US Department of Transportation's... Read more...
If electric vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf offer too little range, the Tesla Model S is simply too expensive, and Model 3 production is just too far off into the future, General Motors is hoping that you’ll give its Chevrolet Bolt a try. GM announced this week that it has begun production on the mainstream EV at its Orion Township, Michigan assembly plant. Residents in California and Oregon will be the first to take delivery of the Bolt at the end of 2016, while GM will expand sales to the rest of the United States in 2017. The Bolt will have a base price of $37,495, but customers will be eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit which will drive the price down to roughly... Read more...
Have you ever forgotten to pick something up on your ride home, or wished for restaurant recommendations while cruising through a new city? Your car could potentially provide the solution to these problems and more through the use of artificial intelligence. General Motors and IBM have announced a partnership that will combine OnStar and IBM’s Watson to create OnStar Go, the first auto cognitive mobility platform. Phil Abram, Executive Director, GM Connected Products and Strategy, remarked, “On average, people in the U.S. spend more than 46 minutes per day in their car and are looking for ways to optimize their time. By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson,... Read more...
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