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View Poll Results: Should Chevy Split from Chevy?
Yes! Corvette would be stronger as its own brand as would Chevy. 64 21.26%
No! Corvette and Chevy are inseparable. 218 72.43%
Maybe? It could be a good/bad idea if... 19 6.31%
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Read it here:Should Corvette Split off from Chevrolet?

Before the pitchforks and flamethrowers come out, know that this sentiment allegedly came from GM's ex-president Ron Zarella circa 2001. The article gives more reasons why he was entertaining the thought even though we, obviously, know what his decision was.

Before writing it off a split as impossible and disastrous, it's worth it to look at what Dodge is doing with the Viper and their SRT brand. Food for thought, as it were.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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The question has been asked here before, but not as a poll. Might get a few new answers, but I'm pretty sure I know how this one will go.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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Not without our own bailout.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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The way to go if you want to get rid of the Corvette.....
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:22 PM   #5
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I dont think the Corvette would make it on its own. For 60 years its been a Chevrolet, so why change.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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As JimTN, Moderator said - the topic has been worn out on this forum. Not that's it's a bad topic for discussion, it's just a matter of 'been there done that'.

Do a search for lots of opinions !!

As before, I vote a loud resounding NO
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:43 PM   #7
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It would be a good idea if: GM were planning on truly expanding the marque into 2-3 different cars. And by cars I don't mean one body style with various engines and body panels, but actual different cars to hit different buyer segments. Otherwise, I wouldn't think it would be viable as a stand alone brand.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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I dont think the Corvette would make it on its own. For 60 years its been a Chevrolet, so why change.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #9
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It would be a good idea if: GM were planning on truly expanding the marque into 2-3 different cars. And by cars I don't mean one body style with various engines and body panels, but actual different cars to hit different buyer segments. Otherwise, I wouldn't think it would be viable as a stand alone brand.
You mean like adding a 4 door Corvette and a station wagon Corvette and a pickup truck Corvette, and a plug in Corvette so the brand will appeal to enough people to make it viable enough to stand on it's own..
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #10
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Just no.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:58 PM   #11
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In a way if it was better for the car and its customers, why not. I think it should always remain a Chevrolet. But if a dealer specialized in Vettes an thats all they knew, it would be a good thing. The Dealer I bought mine from had a "Vette" mechanic, and I trusted him. They have since let him go, its a good thing I have not needed any service cause I probably would not go there now as I have personally had many a problem with Dealer service. After all if you had a Hart problem you wouldnt go to a Gynecologist .
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The way to go if you want to get rid of the Corvette.....
I agree.
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In a way if it was better for the car and its customers, why not. I think it should always remain a Chevrolet. But if a dealer specialized in Vettes an thats all they knew, it would be a good thing. The Dealer I bought mine from had a "Vette" mechanic, and I trusted him. They have since let him go, its a good thing I have not needed any service cause I probably would not go there now as I have personally had many a problem with Dealer service. After all if you had a Hart problem you wouldnt go to a Gynecologist .
Some good points, but have you noticed most sales people don't really know their products... especially cars? I don't mean to offend anyone, but I am not sure the specialization would help the sales experience because most sales people just don't seem to be that interested in knowing the details.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:15 PM   #15
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What are people smoking?
First a thread posting "How much money do you earn?" and now this stupid question.
WTF?
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #16
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Viper is no longer Dodge, it is SRT. Seems like vette should assume similar path setting a stage for more performance vehicles at GM.
Two problems though: vette is a total sales flop but way too common for exclusivity and regardless of the designation, the same Mr Goodwrench crew would be servicing them anyway. Seems like a baby step was already made toward this approach by removing the GM chicklets from the later cars
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You mean like adding a 4 door Corvette and a station wagon Corvette and a pickup truck Corvette, and a plug in Corvette so the brand will appeal to enough people to make it viable enough to stand on it's own..
No, not really... Pretty bad logical leap.

I'm thinking more like Lamborghini or 80's to 90's Porsche (before they decided to become a full line car dealer), or Aston.

How about a model like the current c6 (with a couple engine variants), a high end mid engine version in very low production (like a Ford GT), and maybe a home for the Solstice/sky platform.

The Corvette marque is a sports car - but when I think of sports car, those are the areas I think of (exotic, affordable high performance, and sporty convertible).

But I do think the Fisker would have made a great 4 door Corvette.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #18
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I have been saying for YEARS that the Vette belongs with the Caddy
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What are people smoking?
First a thread posting "How much money do you earn?" and now this stupid question.
WTF?
We've all got to get bored once in awhile.

But we'll remember this post of yours when you get bored.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #20
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even if the new co. could sell 50,000 units per year, it wouldn't be a good idea. only reason that counts to me: because I wouldn't be one of those owners.

and the chances are good that the demographics of who would be the buyers would significantly change in at least one category: money. money to purchase, money to own.

it would therefore, imo, become a car just like all the rest and no matter what others might say, there really are other choices, especially if you take away the value factor.
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