The Corvette: The king of the Detroit Auto Show

4:25 PM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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Chevy's new 2014 Corvette Stingray.

DETROIT (WZZM) - Amidst all the new vehicles revealed in Detroit this week, one stands the brightest - the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.  

The all-new version of America's iconic sports car is more than just the star of the North American International Auto Show - it is "spiritual and emotional for the whole company" says Mark Reuss, the North American president for General Motors.

Development of the Corvette was delayed several years as GM lurched into bankruptcy, but the project perservered, Reuss said this week.  "I think a lot of people really needed something to believe in here and this car is one of those things in the company that we all believe in, and it was really fun because no matter what people said, we kept working on this car."

The car offers 450 horsepower, accelerting from 0-60 mph in four seconds or under.  It will continue to be built at GM's Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky.   Dave Tatman is the plant's general manager.   "I  say in Bowling Green all the time, 'we don't build cars, we build dreams' and this is a manifestation of the dream for many many people" Tatman said.

The Corvette was born 60 years ago.  This is the car's seventh version, but the first major redesign since 2004.   Pricing details are unavailable but when it appears in showrooms next fall, a typical price is expected to be about $70,000.

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