Corvette models to be imported through Chevy dealerships; Orlando, Cruze 5dr and Aveo models planned

Corvette will return to the UK next May. Officially imported models from GM’s muscle car line-up will be sold through Chevrolet dealerships.

British buyers have been deprived of Corvettes since previous importer Kroymans went bust last year. Chevrolet UK is considering getting European type approval for Corvette’s complete model range: C6, Z06, Grand Sport and the extreme ZR1.

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Corvettes will be available alongside Camaro coupé and convertible models, last officially available in the UK in 1976. The pair will be available only with a 426bhp 6.2-litre V8 engine. European type approval for the Camaro is expected to be granted early next year.

Chevrolet is currently developing a distribution, parts and retail network for the Corvette and Camaro, as well as finalising Corvette pricing, which is expected to be similar to last year’s levels. The first UK dealer to sell the cars will be Bauer Millett, Manchester.

"These cars won’t be volume sellers, they’ll be brand builders," Chevrolet UK MD Mark Terry told Autocar. "Camaro and Corvette are both icons and can act as a hook to other cars in our line-up."

Before the pair’s launch, Chevrolet will release its Orlando MPV. A near-production model will be shown at the Paris show next month and the first cars will reach UK showrooms early next year.

From launch, a 1.8 petrol and 2.0 diesel engine in two states of tune will be available. The Orlando "will be priced below other seven-seat MPVs but without compromising on quality", a Chevrolet spokesman said.

Also on Chevrolet’s Paris stand will be the new Cruze, alongside a near-production version of the new Aveo.

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17 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Corvette will return to the UK next May. Officially imported models from GM’s muscle car line-up will be sold through Chevrolet dealerships.

British buyers have been deprived of Corvettes since previous importer Kroymans went bust last year. Chevrolet UK is considering getting European type approval for Corvette’s complete model range: C6, Z06, Grand Sport and the extreme ZR1.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Corvette ZR1, plus s...Read the full article[/quote] I want one, but not the road tax and fuel bills! Will there be a hybrid or Diesel version? Just kidding.

17 August 2010

Awesome. I can't wait to see my first Camaro.

17 August 2010

GREAT what we need in the UK is a £60,000 plastic 2 seater yank tank with a 7Litre 16valve pushrod engine from the stone age which does 11mpg urban and 361g/km co2 which is the highest tax band.And whats the deal with the ox cart derived leaf spring suspension? the 19th centry ended a long time ago.

The car works in the states with its cheap ownership costs and straight roads but red tape Britain would cripple all but the premiership footballer to own.

17 August 2010

I forgot to add how GM cheats the ratings test to achieve 28mpg exra urban/19compined figure . Under "normal" driving conditions the driver is forced via a gearbox lock to shift from 1st to 4th gear.

Unless the driver cruises around in 6th gear at 1000rpm Normal driving conditions in the REAL world means sub 15mpg

17 August 2010

[quote nimmler]And whats the deal with the ox cart derived leaf spring suspension? the 19th centry ended a long time ago.[/quote]

To be fair, I've never seen a cart with the same type of leaf suspension as a Corvette. If you look at a photo of the underneath of this car it's actually a super neat setup.

17 August 2010

The car has a composite, transverse leaf link, for the rear suspension. Please stop quoting Jeremy Clarkson... My C5 Corvette gives far better fuel consumption than my V10 M5 and handles beautifully. So what if it's on pushrods? When does that bother anyone? Try driving one then see what you think.

17 August 2010

[quote nimmler]

Unless the driver cruises around in 6th gear at 1000rpm Normal driving conditions in the REAL world means sub 15mpg

[/quote]

You are just wrong. The engine in the Corvette is a newer and more economical version of the engine in my Monaro. And the Corvette is lighter. The Monaro does 18mpg on the official combined cycle, yet i get around 23 as an average. On a cruise it easily does 30 mpg.

While you might not think these numbers are great, its one of the few cars that will consistantly give you more than the official figures.

However, these cars are not about fuel economy, they sound great and put a huge smile on your face

17 August 2010

[quote Straff]The car has a composite, transverse leaf link, for the rear suspension. Please stop quoting Jeremy Clarkson[/quote]

Exactly. I'm sure Autocar ran a story once where a Lotus engineer was quoted as saying what a neat and compact setup it was too. He liked it - nuff said!!

17 August 2010

stone age, old school blah blah blah... my underground racing zr1 would keep up with ANYTHING on the road today, fine ill prob crash and burn in the end but i would still be in front!! lol. agree its a dated car which nedds some serious "engineering" but until u have driven one dont knock it.

17 August 2010

[quote Straff]Please stop quoting Jeremy Clarkson...[/quote] PLEASE stop!!!! lol

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