| Tuesday January 3, 2012|
|What is Chevrolet Up to Now?|
It doesn't sound like much but you never can tell.
While looking through the lists of cars going through theBarret Jackson
auction next week I saw a big Chevrolet Bowtie where there should be a picture of a car for Lot# 3040
. This, of course, got my attention right away so I had to read further. The description says:"A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle. Proceeds to benefit AARP Drive for Hunger. Will be sold at approximately 2pm Saturday January 20, 2012.
Have you ever wanted to own a piece of history? This may be your chance. A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle. **PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT AARP DIRVE FOR HUNGER** **WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 2PM SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2012** "Chevrolet has had a history of auctioning off special cars at this auction for charity dating back to when, in 2008, they auctioned off the first 2009 Corvette ZR1 for $1,000,000 with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
After that, they have auctioned off other cars including the first 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 and a 2012 Camaro ZL1.
So, that leads us to wonder what Chevy his hiding behind the curtain on Lot# 3040? While GM has remained mum on the topic, most people believe that the C7 Corvette
will be introduced in 2014 and that 2013 will be the last year of the C6 generation.
While it's much too early for Chevy to show anything on a new model that's at least 2 years away we could be looking at a special edition Corvette
. 2013 will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette and many people are hoping to see a 60th Anniversary Edition, but again GM has been very tight lipped.
Of course, the rumor mills have been going strong about a Camaro ZL1 Convertible as well. Or, the mystery car may not be a Corvette
or a Camaro. The much anticipated 2013 Malibu is getting ready to hit the dealer's lot and could make a preview here. Or maybe they've got something brand new up their sleeves.
Whatever they are planning the one thing we can be sure of is that we won't be disappointing. These charity auctions have raised a lot of money for some great causes and have featured some very special cars and we expect nothing less this time around!
|Source: Barrett Jackson Auctions|
| Friday December 23, 2011|
|Traveling with your kids on Christams Eve? Use OnStar to track Santa!|
| As kids across the country anxiously await Santa’s arrival, OnStar wants to help keep families aware of Ole’ St. Nick’s whereabouts.|
On Christmas Eve, OnStar Advisors will provide specific location-based updates on Santa Claus’ annual trek around the world based on data received in partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Beginning at 7 a.m. EST on Christmas Eve, OnStar subscribers, including Corvette owners with active OnStar accounts, can press the blue OnStar button in their vehicles to request a “Santa Update.” OnStar advisors will share Santa’s current location through 5 a.m. EST Christmas morning.
“We see this holiday tradition as staying true to keeping subscribers connected in ways they never thought possible,” said Terry Inch, OnStar vice president, Sales, Marketing and Business Development. “We know many of our customers will be glad to know Santa’s location information is just one blue button press away.”
NORAD uses its North Warning Radar System, geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors and other technologies to monitor Santa’s Christmas Eve travels and share the information with children and families around the world.
"Learning where Santa was throughout the evening last year made my 4-year-old, Ashley, giggle every time,” said Ryan Edward, an OnStar subscriber. “It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained while traveling to family and friend’s homes.”
Individuals without an OnStar subscription can visit www.noradsanta.org or dial 877 HI-NORAD (877-446-6723) for Santa’s location.
|Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette|
| Tuesday December 13, 2011|
|$3,000 Corvette Owner Loyalty Rebate not to be extended!|
| For the last few months, General Motors has been sending out certificates to individuals selected to receive an addition rebate if they purchased a new GM vehicle. The Target In Market Retention and the Target In Market Conquest Certificates were worth $3,000 towards a new Corvette.|
In September Chevrolet added a nice little surprise for Corvette owners. Anyone who currently owned any year Corvette with a valid registration would automatically be issued a certificate worth $3,000 towards a new Corvette and they did not need to trade in that Corvette if they didn't want to.
That program was scheduled to expire at the end of October. However, more good news came for Corvette owners when the program was extended through 01/03/12!
Well, all good thing must come to an end. In a recent email from our Chevy District Manager, it was noted that the $3,000 Corvette Owner Loyalty Rebate will not be extended beyond the current 01/03/12 expiration.
Other incentives scheduled to end at the same time for Corvettes include the $1,500 Dealer Cash, the $2,000 Lease Conquest Rebate, the GM Card Top Up and the USAA Member Rebate.
However, it's still not to late to take advantage of these programs! Kerbeck has over 70 Brand New Corvettes in stock and available right now with huge discounts to add on to these programs as long as you act before 01/03/12.
Call Dave Salvatore at 877-537-2325 or email him at email@example.com for pricing and availability. You can also check out the 2012 Corvette Inventory here.
|Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette|
| Tuesday November 29, 2011|
|GM Builds 100-Millionth Small-Block Engine|
Milestone LS9 assembly at Performance Build Center comes 56 years after introduction
WIXOM, Mich. – General Motors today will build its 100-millionth small-block engine – 56 years after the first production small block – representing an engineering legacy that continues to deliver greater performance and efficiency through advanced technology.
Chevrolet introduced the small-block in 1955 and the production milestone comes in the same month the brand marked its 100th anniversary. The small-block engine has been used in GM vehicles around the world and is currently found in global Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, as well as Vauxhall in the United Kingdom and Holden in Australia.
“The small block is the engine that brought high-performance to the people,” said David Cole, founder and emeritus chairman of Center for Automotive Research – and whose father, the late Ed Cole, was the chief engineer at Chevrolet and oversaw development of the original small block engine. “There is an elegant simplicity in its design that made it instantly great when new and enables it to thrive almost six decades later.”
The milestone engine is a 638-horsepower supercharged LS9 small block – the power behind the 205-mph Corvette ZR1 – which is hand-built at GM’s Performance Build Center, northwest of Detroit. It represents the fourth generation of the small block and is the most powerful engine ever built by GM for a regular-production car. GM will preserve the engine as part of its historical collection.
The small block has been adapted in almost innumerable ways throughout the auto industry and beyond. Updated versions of the original Gen I engine are still in production for marine and industrial applications, while “crate engine” versions offered by Chevrolet Performance are used by thousands of enthusiasts every year to build hot rods. The 4.3L V-6 used in some Chevrolet and GMC full-size trucks and vans is based on the small-block, too, but with two fewer cylinders. All of these versions contribute to the small block’s 100-million production milestone.
“This tremendous achievement celebrates an engineering triumph that has reached around the globe and created an industrial icon,” said Sam Winegarden, executive director and group global functional leader - Engine Enginee
ring. “And while the small-block’s enduring design has proven adaptable to meet performance, emissions and refinement challenges over the years, it has more importantly delivered them with greater efficiency.”
Current small blocks engines feature all-aluminum cylinder block and heads in car and many truck applications to help save weight and contribute to greater fuel economy. Many applications feature fuel-saving technologies such as Active Fuel Management – which shuts down four cylinders in certain light-load driving conditions – and camshaft phasing, which continuously alters valve timing to optimize performance, efficiency and emissions.
The 430-horsepower (476 kW) LS3 version of the Gen-IV small-block helps the 2012 Corvette accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds, run the quarter-mile in just over 12 seconds and achieve a top speed of more than 180 mph – all while achieving EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 26 mpg. That compares favorably against many sports and performance cars:
- The 2012 Audi R8 is EPA-rated at 21 mpg on the highway with a V-8 engine
- The 2012 BMW 650i coupe is EPA-rated at 23 mpg on the highway with a V-8 engine
- The 2012 Nissan GT-R is EP-rated at 23 mpg on the highway with a turbo V-6 engine.
It also compares favorably against many vehicles known more for soccer practice drop-offs – and fuel economy – than quick lap times on a road course:
- The 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan is EPA-rated at 24 mpg with a four-cylinder engine
- The 2012 Subaru Legacy sedan is EPA-rated at 25 mpg with a flat-6 engine
- The 2012 Nissan Maxima sedan is EPA-rated at 26 mpg with a V-6 engine.
“The small-block engine delivers guilt-free performance,” said Winegarden. “It is the quintessential V-8 engine and a living legend that is more relevant than ever.”
GM also announced Tuesday that the fifth-generation small-block under development will feature a new direct-injection combustion system that will help enhance efficiency over the current-generation engine.
“The small-block architecture has continued to prove its relevance in a fast-evolving industry and the fifth-generation engine will build on the performance legacy with a significant advance in efficiency,” said Winegarden.
GM is investing more than $1 billion in manufacturing facilities associated with producing new small-block engines, resulting in 1,711 jobs that have been created or retained. The Gen V engine is expected in the near future and is guaranteed to have 4.4-inch bore centers – the center-to-center distance between cylinders that has been part of the small-block’s architecture from the beginning.
In the beginning
GM didn’t invent the V-8 engine, but interpreted it in a way that made performance accessible to millions of new customers. It got its start in the years following World War II, after Chief Engineer Ed Cole transferred to Chevrolet from Cadillac, where he oversaw the development of its premium V-8 engine.
Cole’s team retained the basic overhead valve design that was a staple of Chevrolet’s inline-six engine – affectionately called the Stovebolt. It was seen as one of the Chevrolet car line’s selling points, reinforcing a message of simplicity and reliability. Cole challenged his engineers to tighten the new engine package to make it more compact, less costly and easier to manufacture.
Upon its debut in the 1955 Chevy lineup, the new V-8 engine was physically smaller, 50 pounds lighter and more powerful than the Stovebolt six. It was not only a better engine for Chevrolet
cars, it represented a better way of building engines, with a minimalist design that took advantage of streamlined production techniques.
After only two years on the market, the small-block began a steady march upward in displacement, power and technological advancement. In 1957, a version equipped with mechanical fuel injection was introduced, dubbed Ramjet. The only other high-volume manufacturer to offer fuel injection at the time was Mercedes-Benz.
Mechanical fuel injection was discontinued in the mid-Sixties, but the small-block debuted electronically controlled fuel injection in the 1980s and established a benchmark with the 1985 launch of Tuned Port Injection. This electronically controlled port fuel injection system was advanced in its day and its basic design is still used on most passenger cars and light-duty trucks more than 25 years later.
The small-block’s 4.4-inch bore centers – the distance from the center of one cylinder to the next – would come to symbolize the compact, balanced performance of the small-block. It was the dimension around which the Gen III small-block was designed in 1997. In 2011, the small-block is in its fourth generation, powering Chevrolet’s full-size trucks, SUVs and vans, midsize trucks and the Camaro and Corvette performance cars.
The first 4.3L (265 cu. in.) engine in 1955 produced up to 195 hp with an optional four-barrel carburetor. Today, the LS9 6.2L (376 cu. in.) supercharged small-block in the Corvette ZR1 is rated at 638 hp (476 kW), making it the most powerful engine ever installed in a regular-production Chevrolet or GM vehicle.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
|Source: General Motors|
| Friday November 18, 2011|
|Chevrolet Unveils 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype|
Chevrolet Unveils 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype
Will debut in GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 in January
DAYTONA, Fla. – Chevrolet unveiled its 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype at Daytona International Speedway today. The Corvette Daytona Prototype will make its competitive debut in the 50th anniversary of the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona from January 26-29, 2012.
"Racing and performance are the founding principles of Chevrolet, and bringing the Corvette
Daytona Prototype to GRAND-AM is a tremendous opportunity," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The opportunity for innovation is what makes the Daytona Prototype Class such a good fit for Chevrolet.
"Sports car and endurance racing is an outstanding platform for manufacturers like us to test and learn. The design of this race car incorporates iconic Corvette styling cues and will be immediately recognized by sports car enthusiasts and fans of GRAND-AM Road Racing," Campbell said. "We are excited to see the Corvette DP compete in the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona next January."
The new Corvette Daytona Prototype will participate in a GRAND-AM test at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
"GRAND-AM's new Daytona Prototype concept is aimed at allowing manufacturers to showcase their brand in an exciting, cutting-edge fashion," said GRAND-AM President Tom Bledsoe. "Chevrolet, with its new Corvette DP, has done just that. The anticipation of seeing this new Daytona Prototype compete is building each and every day. This announcement has immediate and far-reaching implications with the potential to change the face of sports car racing."
Four teams will campaign the Corvette Daytona Prototype in 2012: No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing; No. 10 SunTrust Racing; No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and the Nos. 5 and 9 Action Express Racing teams.
"The 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype was developed by a multi-faceted effort involving Chevrolet, Corvette Designers, Pratt & Miller and GRAND-AM. Chevrolet also worked closely with chassis builders Riley, Coyote and Dallara," said Mark Kent, GM Racing director. "The IMSA GTP Corvette Prototype campaigned by Hendrick Motorsports in the '80s was the inspiration for this new Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype. And, like the GTP Corvettes, the new Corvette Daytona Prototype contains numerous styling cues from the street version of the Chevrolet Corvette."
Corvette has a storied history of racing-related feats in Daytona. Zora Arkus-Duntov – the father of the Corvette and chief engineer working on the Corvette in the '50s and '60s – set a flying-mile speed record of more than 150 miles per hour in a Corvette on Daytona Beach, one of a number of record runs on the beach for him. When Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, Arkus-Duntov turned the fastest laps – 155 miles per hour – in a Corvette SS.
More recently, in 2001, a Corvette driven by Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell, Chris Kneifel and Franck Freon was the overall winner in the Daytona 24-hour. Another Corvette finished fourth that year, with Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins.
View the Corvette Daytona Prototype photo album here:
View the making of the Corvette Daytona Prototype video here:
|Source: General Motors, Pratt & Miller|
| Tuesday November 15, 2011|
|Download - Corvette changes format for the 2012 Corvette Brochure|
| This year's Corvette Brochure is different from anything we've seen recently from the Corvette team in Detroit. This year's brochure tells a story and is narrated by members for the Corvette Production Team as well as member of the Corvette Racing Team and does a nice job tying the production Corvette to the Corvette Racing program under the theme of "Science Creates Art".|
Corvette Production Manager Harlan Charles, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Design Manager Kerk Bennion are joined by Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan and Corvette Race Team Driver Tommy Milner to discuss their unique perspectives on how the current production model of Corvette shares its performance and design directly with the Le Mans winning race car, the Corvette C6.R.
The pages of the 2012 Corvette Brochure harken back to the days when bands would tell stories, put pictures or include lyrics on the inside dust covers of their LP albums and the reading is just as interesting for the Corvette junkie.
In addition to the new, town hall meeting format, you'll find plenty of photos and technical data that we've come to expect from Chevrolet's brochures.
It's a great theme for a brochure and for a car. Science creates art. Chevy runs deep.You can download the 2012 Corvette Brochure here or you can visit the Kerbeck Corvette Download Page for other cool information.
|Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette|
| Monday November 14, 2011|
|Could this be the 2014 C7 Corvette?|
| According to our friends at Jalopnik.com there is no doubt that it is! For everyone else, the jury is still out.|
Over the weekend, Jalopnik claimed that they actually saw the next-generation Corvette completely uncovered and vowed to share it with their readers at noon today (11/14/11),
Readers on the site today were greeted by two drawings of a prototype Corvette along with a story. They claim, "These renderings were derived from hours this weekend I (and our designer) spent in secret, poring over the completely uncamouflaged "sheetmetal" of two versions of the next-gen Corvette. With limited time, we decided to, rather than show you the first one, a base level Corvette, we focused our rendering efforts instead on the high-performance ZR1 trim level."
The use of computer renditions instead of actual photographs have left many people very skeptical of the accuracy of the design and the posts on their site as well as many others reflect that sentiment.
When asked about other C7 renditions "leaked" in magazines or on websites in the past, GM employees have simply said things like, "If it didn't come from GM, don't believe it" and "It's their jobs to sell magazines or increase page views for their sites".
This time is not different. On the official Corvette Facebook page GM posted, "Today Jalopnik posted renderings of what they think the next-gen Corvette will look like. We appreciate their enthusiasm but you'll have to wait a little longer to see what the next Corvette will actually look like."
Everyone has an opinion about the accuracy of the design and of the design itself. While we have no idea of the accuracy, we'd love to hear what you think of the design. Keep in mind that in one of our earlier blog posts, Bob Lutz talked about the C7 needing to be much bolder and must appeal to a younger crowd.
So, if this was the new C7 Corvette, what do you think?
| Tuesday November 8, 2011|
|Chevy takes you a the ride of your life!|
| In a continuation of the Chevrolet Centennial Celebration, Chevy offer's to take you on the Ride of Your Life!|
To use this new application you will again have to be a member Facebook (like with the Best Chevy Ever contest) so that Chevy can again flex in social media muscle that it has been perfecting on sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
This new application will ask you a few questions give you a few choices and then use you answers plus info it finds on your Facebook page to take you a virtual cruise in your choice of cars through your life!
I'm not positive of the criteria it uses but being that I was born in 1969 and my Facebook page is filled with Corvette information, it's no surprise that the first choice of cars I was given was a 1969 Sting Ray Coupe in Fathom Green. Once I hit the radio for a little Radar Love I was on the way visiting pictures of my home down as a kid and the town where we spent most of our summers mixed in with pictures of my friends and families all blended with some great road scenes from the Corvette's window.
This is a neat little video that you then have the option of sharing with others.
Check out the application at http://rideofyourlife.chevrolet.com and post what your ride was like!
|Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette|
| Friday November 4, 2011|
|New Rebate for Corvette Buyers who currently lease a non-GM vehicle.|
| Most of you are aware that if you are on the GM Manifest list for the TIMR or TIMC you get a $3,000 rebate on a new Corvette on top of what ever deal you make with your dealer.|
Most of you are also aware that if you currently own a Corvette and have it registered, you may qualify for that $3,000 even if you are not on the manifest list.
However, I have spoken to many of you who are not on the list and currently don't have a Vette (which is why they're calling me) and are upset that they don't get the $3,000 rebate.
Now, GM is offering another conquest rebate!
If you currently are in a lease of a 1999 or newer non-GM vehicle, Chevy will give you a $2,000 rebate when you purchase a new Corvette! You do not have to trade the lease car in to get the rebate!
This program can not be combined with the $3,000 TIMR or TIMC rebate, its one or the other.
To qualify, you must give us a copy of a current lease coupon/statement as well as a copy of the current registration of the vehicle. This can be transferred to anyone in the same household with proof of residence!
With GM offering all of these great programs and Kerbeck giving awesome discounts, it's a great time to look at a new Corvette! To check out our current Discount Prices on Corvettes, check out our Corvette Specials page. To check availability on New Corvettes for Sale check out our New Corvette Inventory page.
Call 877-537-2325 and ask for Dave Salvatore to check your status on the manifest lists or to check on pricing and availability.
|Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette|
| Thursday November 3, 2011|
|New ZR1 Spoiler to be factory installed option on all Corvettes!|
| The myriad of Corvette spoilers can be a bit confusing. Since 2005 the regular body Corvette Coupe and Corvette Convertible comes with a small, black 3rd brake light spoiler.|
When the Z06 came out in 2006, the black 3rd brake light spoiler was still used but was raised higher to help provide some downward thrust to help keep the rear wheels on the ground.
When the Corvette ZR1 came out in 2009, it came with a color-matched full with spoiler that was higher on the outside edges and was a little lower in the middle and curved a little on the ends.
The 2010 Grand Sport Coupe and Convertible came with the black Z06 3rd brake light spoiler which matched many of the other styling cues that came across from the Z06.
Then there were the accessories spoilers. Both 3rd brake light spoilers were available as a color matched option through your dealer's parts department and installed at the dealer. There was also the full with spoiler available at and installed by the dealer that replaced the brake light and was body matched - but no every color was available.
In 2012, the full width spoiler came with the Z06's Z07 Package and the ZR1's PDE package but only in black and not body color matched (maybe to match the black wheels).
And finally, the 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette came with the body matched ZR1 spoiler as part of the package...unless you have the Z06 with Z07 or the ZR1 with PDE, then you're back to the black full width spoiler.
Now, halfway through the 2012 Model Year, Chevrolet will now be offering the body color matching ZR1 spoiler as a factory installed option! The option code will be T43 and the price is believed to be around $350.
This is a deal when you consider that current full width spoiler is a $410 option and is installed at the dealer where the new T43 is put on at the factory.
The new T43 spoiler will be available on Corvette Coupes, Corvette Convertibles, Corvette Grand Sport Coupes, Corvette Grand Sport Convertibles and Corvette Z06s (without the Z07 package) and will be available in all 9 colors (I know, there's 10 colors but Carbon Flash cars are Centennial Editions that already come with the spoiler).
Kerbeck currently has 1 of each of the 9 colors on order and they are scheduled to be built in early to mid December. It should be a free-flow option to be available for orders sometime in late November or early December.
Be sure to check out our new Corvettes for sale on our Inventory Page and look for the cars with the T43 option to see what is available now!
|Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette|
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