2014 C7 Corvette: See it Here

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Just when you thought that the C6 was the pinnacle of Corvette awesomeness, they went and created the 2014 C7 Corvette.  Steve, at Motor City Times, has the pics…

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Then, the Dallas News has more details…

 

Wave bye-bye to the old plastic-fantastic Corvette, America’s original sports car.

In a nod to the past and a major reach for the future, Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2014 Corvette tonight in Detroit, renaming it the Chevrolet Stingray.

The much anticipated ‘Vette was introduced on the eve of the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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And you can forget those old slams — the complaints that the Corvette was crude and unsophisticated.

The lithe, slightly more European looking two-seater gets a carbon-fiber hood and roof panel, a compact high-compression 450-horsepower V-8 and a new seven-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic remains an option).

The car’s taut body — fitted to a wheelbase that is about one inch longer than the current car and an inch wider — includes composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels and carbon-nano composite underbody panels.

In addition, it will ride on a hydroformed aluminum frame that is 57 percent stiffer and 99 pounds lighter than the current car, Chevy says.

Direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation for cruising in four-cylinder mode were just some of the additions to the ‘Vette’s 6.2-liter V-8.

In fact, the Stingray shares only two parts with the previous-generation Corvette, Chevy said of its new Porsche- and Viper-fighter.

“The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette,” said Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for Corvette.

Chevy says the Stingray will rip to 60 in less than 4 seconds and achieve highway fuel economy of more than 26 miles per gallon.

Although the company did not disclose the car’s weight, it should have a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera or Audi R8, Chevy said.

Even though the C7 is on the permanent “no buy list,” due to it’s involvement with Gubbmint Motors and it being assembled by forced union enslavement, it is a remarkable achievement.

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Obama the Out-sourcer in Chief? GM Claims that it’s Future in in China

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During this campaign, much has been made of Bain Capital outsourcing jobs to other countries.  But, what of President Obama, especially his takeover of “government motors?”  This video says much…

Sadly, the management at GM is taking advantage of an expanding Chinese market, and, they are probably trying to escape union goons.  But, Obama set all of this up.  A usual, someone else will be blamed, and if anything is proposed, it will be a punishment against those that try to stay in business.  Perhaps they’ll build a wall, to keep anyone from escaping?

H/T:  HillBuzz

 

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Chevy Volt Production Suspended: And how Much did that Cost us?

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The Chevy Volt went from a very promising concept, to a very real failure.  If you recall, the Volt was initially a show car, and being planned for production prior to the governments takeover of GM.  The original idea was evolutionary; the car would be electric, with a small gas engine on board to charge the batteries.  It actually generated some excitement.  But, just before they were supposed to start rolling off the assembly line, we were told that the production Volt was nothing more than a hybrid car-and a rather expensive hybrid car at that.  Competing in a market against the much cheaper Toyota Prius, the Volt has not sold well.  That, and their tendency to catch on fire probably chilled sales as well.

Whether it’s the exorbitant cost, or the bursting into flames, Volt Production is being suspended for 5 weeks.  Gateway Pundit has more…

General Motors announced today that the company was suspending production of the Chevy Volt and 1,300 workers would be laid off.
Freep.com reported, via FOX Nation:

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.

The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.

Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

GM had planned to expand production of its Volt plug-in hybrid to 60,000 this year, with 45,000 earmarked for the U.S.

Let’s translate.  “…we are still seeking to align our production with demand.” This means that people aren’t buying enough of the cars.

I wonder if they’re still going to roll out the Cadillac version?

 

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Chevy Volts are Recalled (Kind of): All of Them

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When GM was still GM, and NOT Gubmint Motors, the Volt was the next big thing.  If you recall, the original vision for the Volt was for it to be an electric car, with a small gas motor to recharge the batteries.  It actually generated some excitement, and it promised massive mileage.  That, of course, turned out to be a gigantic lie-one that was not disclosed until the car was just about to go into production.  By then, of course, GM had been turned into a government operation.  And, like any other government operation, GM, and the Volt in particular, have turned into steaming pile of failure.  Michele Malkin has the rather fiery details…

Maybe it’s not as bad as it sounds. Technically a “call back” is a notch below a recall, and it only affects 8,000 vehicles — which is a mere, um, 100% of all Volts sold in 2011. Lucky sales didn’t catch fire or the fixes would have been a more massive undertaking:

General Motors plans to ask Volt owners to bring their electric cars into dealers to strengthen the structure around the batteries.

The automaker said Thursday it plans enhancements to the vehicle’s structure and battery coolant system to further protect the battery from the possibility of an electrical fire occurring days or weeks after a severe crash.

The enhancements come in response to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Preliminary Evaluation to examine post-severe crash battery performance.

So, the Volt costs over forty grand, the similar Toyota Prius costs far less.  And, with government subsidies for the Volt amounting to $250,000 a car, this amounts to an object lesson in crony capitalism.  When you look at the merger of capitalism and state, you see that capitalism is infected with the government’s endless capacity for failure.   Kinda like the sub-prime mortgage crisis-government mandated the failure!  Just imagine how great it will be when government controls everything?

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This Ford Commercial Kicks! "Owner" States that he Bought a Ford Because They Didn't Take Government Bailout Money

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I’ve had guessed that Ford’s increased sales after the auto-bailouts were due to people rebelling against government motors.  Might this commercial be a confirmation?

I remember visiting a Ford dealership not too long after Ford sales increased.  When I asked, a salesman smiled and said that a lot of buyers were saying that the bailouts were why they chose Ford.  In a sense, all the steps that Ford took to get new products out, and improve existing ones coincided with this potential rebellions against the bailouts.  From their perspective, if it had to happen, the timing was perfect.  Ironically, it was Ford that everyone thought would go up in smoke, in the end, it was GM and Chrysler that got hit the hardest.

I haven’t seen this one on TV in my area, but love it all the same.  I think it’s great that Ford is playing on this, and I would imagine that they have some consumer data that would suggest that this would be an effective advertisement.  It certainly is resonating here at the CH 2.0 Bunker, and Smitty is also considering a Ford in his future.  

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Barry Lies Again: Government Motors Does not Have to Honor General Motors Warranties

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Remember this?

Well, it appears that this statement does NOT cover cars built before Barry became a car maker…

Well, the president better get on the bus and head from Martha’s Vineyard to Blakely, Pennsylvania, with some tools and a set of new tires to fix Donna Trusky’s Impala.

GM will not honor her warranty.

From Reuters:

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – General Motors Co. is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over a suspension problem on more than 400,000 Chevrolet Impalas from the 2007 and 2008 model years, saying it should not be responsible for repairs because the flaw predated its bankruptcy.

The lawsuit, filed on June 29 by Donna Trusky of Blakely, Pennsylvania, contended that her Impala suffered from faulty rear spindle rods, causing her rear tires to wear out after just 6,000 miles.

But in a recent filing with the U.S. District Court in Detroit, GM noted that the cars were made by its predecessor General Motors Corp, now called Motors Liquidation Co or “Old GM,” before its 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout.

The current company, called “New GM,” said it did not assume responsibility under the reorganization to fix the Impala problem, but only to make repairs “subject to conditions and limitations” in express written warranties. In essence, the automaker said, Trusky sued the wrong entity.

“New GM’s warranty obligations for vehicles sold by Old GM are limited to the express terms and conditions in the Old GM written warranties on a going-forward basis,” wrote Benjamin Jeffers, a lawyer for GM. “New GM did not assume responsibility for Old GM’s design choices, conduct, or alleged breaches of liability under the warranty.”

David Fink, Trusky’s lawyer, declined to comment.

When are people going to realize that big government, or it’s corporate cronies, simply cannot be trusted?

H/T: Memeorandum

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The Summer of Unrecovery: Car Sales to Reach 28 Year low

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As the Summer of Recovery© continues, evidence reveals the overall fail of the Obama economic policies.  Recently, housing sales tanked.  All this year, the government and their media apologists have been forced to discuss, “unexpected” and “unanticipated” statistics, like increases in unemployment and decreases in economic indicators.  For the latest, Hot Air provides us with a link to see how “Government Motors” are doing.

U.S. auto sales in August probably were the slowest for the month in 28 years as model-year closeout deals failed to entice consumers concerned the economy is worsening and they may lose their jobs.

Industrywide deliveries, to be released tomorrow, may have reached an annualized rate of 11.6 million vehicles this month, the average of eight analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. That would be the slowest August since 1982, according to researcher Ward’s AutoInfoBank. The rate would be 18 percent below last year’s 14.2 million pace, when the U.S. government’s “cash for clunkers” incentive program boosted sales.

“Home sales are way down, the stock market is way down, the unemployment report is very disappointing and consumer confidence is sputtering,” Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends at TrueCar.com, said in an interview. “People just don’t want to make big-ticket purchases because they’re uncertain about their jobs and the value of their homes.”

Source: Bloomberg

I wonder if this will be another “unexpected” event?  The sad thing is this; anyone with half a brain could have predicted this.  There is government inflicted economic uncertainty on a massive scale.  People don’t know if they’re going to get taxed to death next year.  They don’t know if either the taxes, ObamaCare, or environmental regulations will cause them to lose their jobs.

In the end, the government is treating the economy as if it’s some sort of social engineering laboratory, and we rats aren’t playing ball.  Their ideas are based on the faulty premise that the government can manage or create demand.  It hasn’t worked before, and it isn’t working now.

So dear readers, the question is this; is it stupidity, or Cloward-Piven?  Discussion is welcome.

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