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Old 02-17-2018, 03:52 PM
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Is there a good reason, other than cost, why exterior styling remains stagnant? Why no exterior changes to the 1997 thru 2003 model for instance? 2005 thru 2013? 2014 to current? Subtle changes that we saw through the c-1, c-2 and c-3 model years were welcome and kept new model years interesting. Some makers continue to tweak taillights and other elements to freshen things. Mustangs for example tweak taillight configurations. Why must we wait for a new gen to see these changes to my favorite car? If you site the wide body variant or a striping package as a change, youíre missing my point. Thanks for your input. I miss the old days of anticipating what the new Corvette is going to look like from year to year. Itís hard to get excited about a 2018 vette when it looks just like the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 model. What happened corporately to create this situation?
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:34 PM
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Cheaper to keeper... the same.
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:55 AM
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I love the fact that they look the same. I always get asked if my early 14 is a 17 or 18 lol
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Old 04-04-2018, 06:45 PM
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Cheaper to keeper... the same.
Is it though? Think about the fact that dealers are currently carrying "new" inventory of 2017, 2018 and 2019 model year cars. They all look the same. The sales numbers have slid significantly year to year during a strong economy. Annual tweaks build interest and sell cars. I think Chevy is missing out big time.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:16 PM
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I'm not saying it's a good business plan, I'm simply saying that keeping the assembly line identical is the only thing that I can come up with as to why they wouldn't change aaaaanything.
One would think that even minor yet noticeable cosmetic changes would push more people to purchase. *shrug*
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Old 04-06-2018, 11:36 PM
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I would bet that more stringent safety regulations, testing, and certification over what was around in the C1 through the C4 eras play a big part in the exterior not changing as often.
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