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GM Engineers Scrutinizing 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray After Street Crash


Just the Facts:
  • Safety engineers from General Motors are taking a hard look at a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that was involved in the car's "most serious" real-world crash to date.
  • The Corvette was involved in a crash with a Lincoln Town Car last week in a Detroit suburb.
  • A GM spokesman told Edmunds that the Corvette was being driven by an unidentified GM employee as part of the automaker's captive test fleet when the crash occurred.

MILFORD, Michigan — Safety engineers from General Motors are taking a hard look at a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that was involved in the car's "most serious" real-world crash to date.

The Corvette was involved in a crash with a Lincoln Town Car last week on a public road in Madison Heights, Michigan, GM confirmed. The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette has yet to be in any customers' hands, as the car does not go on sale until this fall.

A GM spokesman told Edmunds that the Corvette was being driven by an unidentified GM employee as part of the automaker's captive test fleet when the crash occurred. "This is the most serious crash to date" involving the new 2014 Corvette, said Monte Doran, a GM spokesman, in a phone conversation on Monday.

He added: "We can't take it to the local Chevy dealer. It has been trucked back to Milford. The safety team will look at it and decide whether it's repairable. They will also study the (car's) real-world performance."

Milford is the home of GM's vehicle proving grounds.

Doran characterized the engineering study of the crashed Corvette as "an opportunity." He was unsure whether anyone was injured in the crash, which occurred at an intersection in the rain. The Corvette appeared to be struck directly on the passenger side, according to various media reports.

This is the third crash involving the all-new 2014 Corvette. A widely reported single-vehicle accident occurred in Arizona in February. Doran said a second accident involving two vehicles happened in northern Michigan two months ago, but that crash went unreported by the media at the time. Doran could not provide specific details on the second crash. He said it occurred in "Traverse City or Gaylord."

GM's captive test fleet is assigned the job of accumulating miles on vehicles before sales of the model begin to the general public.

"It is our last step in the production launch," Doran said. "We take cars and put them in the hands of employees to make sure there are no issues."

If an employee discovers a problem, he or she calls in any issues via the automaker's OnStar communications system. The complaint then is routed to the appropriate person or department at GM. The number of miles put on a specific model varies with the "size of the program," Doran said. He was unsure just how many miles are required in the Corvette's captive-fleet program.

Edmunds says: GM engineers expect to learn a lot from this high-profile crash involving the still-not-on-sale 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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