Chevrolet’s Future Cars Could Get Corvette-Inspired Styling
We hope you like the look of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, because according to GM’s global design boss, Ed Welburn, the automaker is tastefully infusing the Stingray’s design language into its future products.
“As Malibu and Cruze and Volt come to market, you’ll be able to see a subtle link between some of the form vocabulary for all of them and Corvette," Welburn told Automotive News. "I always look at the hood of the Corvette and the sectioning, the way it’s taut, very lean, very sporty. That will be a part of really everything we do for Chevrolet."
Some of these newly redesigned cars are scheduled to appear over the next year. When they launch, we can expect much more purposeful and angular designs that modestly mirror that of the Corvette. GM hopes the new approach will give its cars the competitive edge over the competition. Good design does go a long way. Take the Honda Civic’s 2012 redesign and the 2013 refresh that addressed customer complaints.
Welburn continued in saying details like the Vette’s angular taillights will be hinted at “in all other Chevrolets, I think in a very positive way.” This will hopefully wake up products like the Malibu that have been long suffering from an uninspired appearance.
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Why it matters
The Corvette is easily one of the most stunning designs of recent times and has helped the Vette realize a surge in sales, popularity, and brand cache. Pulling small attributes from the Vette’s exterior design will surely do Chevy’s other products good while tying the different vehicles to the same brand. What’s more, vehicles like the Malibu are widely criticized for not having a compelling exterior appearance. Making things more interesting will surely bring more customers to the table.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is a revolutionary step in design for the Corvette brand though it pulls a heap of inspiration from Corvettes of the past. The high-arching front fenders, Coke bottle shake, angular lighting fixtures, and low-slung body bring on-lookers to stare while simultaneously providing generous amounts of downforce at speed.
An all-new, 6.2-liter, LT1 V-8 making 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque powers the Vette. A seven-speed manual transmission is the standard choice and a new-for-2015 eight-speed automatic transmission is the optional box.
Pricing starts at $51,995 and rises past the $80,000 mark for the hyped-up Corvette Z06.
Source: Automotive News