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GM patent for power assisted doors, possible reason for the delay?

Old 01-02-2019, 10:50 PM
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Default GM patent for power assisted doors, possible reason for the delay?

Interesting information regardless of if this is the reason for the delay or not.

https://www.gminsidenews.com/article...eason-late-c8/
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:57 PM
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Who knows. The one thing that IS obvious is that this patent is NOT for some type of scissor/swan/gullwing doors (Lamborghini/Ford GT/M-B/McLaren) that some had hoped for.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:27 AM
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Just what we need - more weight added to the car!
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by LIStingray View Post
Just what we need - more weight added to the car!
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Less weight, not more. I can open my own door.
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:59 AM
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The good news is that this will surely be a dopey option we can avoid.
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by FLS2K View Post
The good news is that this will surely be a dopey option we can avoid.
Just like the rear hatch latch pulldown? Which is only there because some people who had 2014 & 2015 C7's were too feeble to close the rear hatch.
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Originally Posted by LIStingray View Post
Just what we need - more weight added to the car!
Well, if you are doing very serious racing, added weight might be problem. However, a very large percentage of Vette owners never run the car anywhere near its ability. And, as someone mentioned, maybe it will be an option that can be ignored.
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Originally Posted by Glenmcp View Post
Well, if you are doing very serious racing, added weight might be problem. However, a very large percentage of Vette owners never run the car anywhere near its ability. And, as someone mentioned, maybe it will be an option that can be ignored.
even if you do not race, you feel that a car is heavy in your daily driving. Just one item does not create this effect, it takes many, but far too many people want everything including the kitchen sink in this car.

i hope as you suggest this and many other items are only optional and a nice lean low option low weight car can be ordered.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by LIStingray View Post
Just like the rear hatch latch pulldown? Which is only there because some people who had 2014 & 2015 C7's were too feeble to close the rear hatch.
LOL, I have a '15 and didn't know that was a thing. Never had problem closing the hatch.
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Originally Posted by LIStingray View Post
Just like the rear hatch latch pulldown? Which is only there because some people who had 2014 & 2015 C7's were too feeble to close the rear hatch.
I thought it was introduced due to so much air pressure being built up closing that hatch, that it could not be closed unless a window or door was open.
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The same occurred on the C6. It was introduced without electronic hatch close, then quickly introduced a couple of years later. It wasn't a question of feeble owners, it just was the source of too many consumer complaints that a door had to be open to avoid slamming the hell out of it to close it. Thus, GM did something simple to make the cacophony of complaints go away.
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can you just imagine... News Flash: GM to offer advanced keto-diet plan with new c8 corvette for weight reduction...lol
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Originally Posted by LIStingray View Post
Just like the rear hatch latch pulldown? Which is only there because some people who had 2014 & 2015 C7's were too feeble to close the rear hatch.
Actually that is a major design flaw. Cannot close the rear hatch unless a window is down or a door is open without the motor. Was not a problem on C6's and this is why they added it back on newer C7s. How much does that motor weigh exactly, anyways? My blind guess is 8 ounces, big freaking deal for a major inconvenience on a street car.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:58 AM
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It took a mega slam to close the rear hatch on both my 05 C6 Z51 or my 06 Z06 without cracking the windows or leaving a door open. I started just leaving the door open. It was a problem, but there was an easy work-around.

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Originally Posted by Foosh View Post
It took a mega slam to close the rear hatch on both my 05 C6 Z51 or my 06 Z06 without cracking the windows or leaving a door open. I started just leaving the door open. It was a problem, but there was an easy work-around.

I agree, and I'm glad my 09 Z06 has the hatch pull down feature. Even though the additional couple of ounces make the car non competitive on the track(even though my C6 Z06 is the lightest of the C6's and the C7's), It sure is useful when I'm on a two week trip to the National Parks out west, and I'm unloading 22 cubic feet of crap from the hatch, at the motel.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:08 PM
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Yeah it is nice even on the convertible. I had a '14 vert without, and now an 18 with. I would have said it was unnecessary on the convertible (and it really is) because it was nothing like the slam necessary to close the coupe hatch, but it is one of those little nice to have features.
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My take is that the electric powered doors are proximity activated self presenting doors that will be used in future autonomous vehicles.
Then again, maybe not.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:14 PM
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I wonder how many people who complain about the weight of the door motor consider their own body weight and the affect of the foods they are eating on the weight of the car when being driven.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by auburn2 View Post
I wonder how many people who complain about the weight of the door motor consider their own body weight and the affect of the foods they are eating on the weight of the car when being driven.
Are you saying we need drive thru blocking on the navigation computer?
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:45 PM
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I've got twi trains of though:

1) if it is holding up the release, it will be standard, it doesn't make sense to hold up production for a relatively unimportant option, or
2) its an option that isn't responsible for the holdup, and it'll be made available in a future MY when its ready.
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