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Old 02-18-2009, 05:28 AM
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With GM axing Saturn by 2011 and phasing out Pontiac around 2013, could it be they might use the Sky/Solstice chassis for the C7? They've already figured out how to cram a v8 in it and call it a mini vette...just a thought
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GM just announced as part of their report to the Government that their new product introductions from now through 2014 will be limited to crossovers and high mileage cars. Don't expect to see any new Corvette (whatever architecture its based on) until 2015 at the earliest.

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Originally Posted by Bill Dearborn View Post
GM just announced as part of their report to the Government that their new product introductions from now through 2014 will be limited to crossovers and high mileage cars. Don't expect to see any new Corvette (whatever architecture its based on) until 2015 at the earliest.

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You might be right, however, it depends on a couple of factors.

One, what is the definition of an introduction? They mean new models all together. The Corvette is an existing model. If, they intend to keep the Corvette around, (big question at this moment) you better believe that the cavernous cylinder bores of the 6.2 and 7.0 liter engines will soon have to be a thing of the past. So the Corvette will change if it is to exist.

Two, what is the definition of high mileage. They advertise the new crossover, Traverse, at 24 highway. I am quite sure that a supercharged v6 in a Solstice derived chassis could easily match if not surpass that.

If they do not close Bowling Green, you better believe that the C7 will be smaller, lighter, cheaper. I agree with the OP. America's love affair with the automobile is not going to end. We will still love to drive performance cars. Those cars will need to change with the needs and wants of the consumer, but there will always be a demand.
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