2013 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette — the seventh generation of the sports car — will debut on January 13 on the eve of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors confirmed on Thursday.
- GM did not issue any teaser shots of the car, but revealed the Corvette's new Crossed Flags emblem, said to "symbolize the new car."
- GM says there are only two carryover parts from the 2013 Corvette — the cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel.
BRASELTON, Georgia — The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette — the seventh generation of the sports car — will debut on January 13 on the eve of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors confirmed on Thursday.
The 2014 Corvette will be significantly overhauled.
"There are only two carryover parts from the C6 used in the C7 — the cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, in a statement on Thursday.
He said: "The result is a truly all-new Corvette."
Production will begin for the so-called C7 in the third quarter of 2013. Pricing will not be announced until mid-2013. The pricing range is expected to start at around $55,000 for the base model to around $120,000 for the Corvette ZR1.
GM did not issue any teaser shots of the car, but revealed the Corvette's new Crossed Flags emblem, said to "symbolize the new car."
"The all-new seventh-generation Corvette deserved an all-new emblem," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design, in a statement. "The new Crossed Flags design reflects the character of the next Corvette. The flags are much more modern, more technical and more detailed than before — underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car."
The new logo, which will be featured on the 2014 Corvette, was unveiled at Road Atlanta.
GM said that in the coming weeks, more information and video content about the C7 Corvette will be "unlocked" on one13thirteen.com.
The 2014 Corvette is expected to get a restyled exterior, an upgraded cabin and a more efficient engine, according to media speculation.
GM says production of the 2013 Corvette ends in February, resulting in about a six-month gap between the C6 and C7. The automaker won't begin producing the 2014 model in volume until July.
The debut of the C7 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show marks the 60th anniversary of the Corvette's debut in January 1953 at the GM Motorama in New York City.
"That car originally featured an emblem with a checkered flag crossed with an American flag," noted GM. "Because use of the American flag was prohibited as part of a commercial property, the logo was changed to the fleur-de-lis/bowtie design when the Corvette went into production in June 1953."
GM has sold more than 1.5 million Corvettes since the car's debut in 1953.
Edmunds says: The introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette should be an emotional highlight of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show for the car's fiercely loyal following.