A Four-Door Corvette? What???
by K. Scott Teeters
Holden’s new Commodore HSV W427? – Bing! Zoom! To the MOON! Get it Outta Here!
Talk about an act of desperation!
GM’s tired old car guy, Bob Lutz has spoken! But I can’t believe what I’m reading. Lutz says that a Holden-based four-door Corvette is a possibility. They’re getting all warm over the Corvette-powered Holden Commodore HSV W427. Obviously, with a Z06’s 427 LS7 engine the car will be bloody fast.
Here’s the full story from MotorAuthority.com…
As far as the styling is concerned, it could be a Nissan, a Toyota, a BMW, a Subaru, or any of about 10 other cars on the market. The HSV W427 is just another “me too” car. Let me quote GM styling genius Bill Mitchell from the seventies commenting on the Mercedes, “I know they have a styling department, but I honestly don’t know what they’re doing all day.” While Mitchell may have borrowed design elements, his cars never looked like anything else. Mitchell’s cars never followed, they lead.
Clearly, there’s a brain-drain of creativity inside GM.
From the beginning there have always been those inside GM that just don’t get what the Corvette is all about. They’ve been trying to make the car into something else or outright kill it for decades. There was the infamous 4-seater ‘63 Sting Ray that supposedly was axed because some GM executive couldn’t get his butt out of the back seat. John Delorean wanted to make the Corvette on a Camaro chassis back in ‘67. GM’s Holden cars are pretty good, although the GTO didn’t help Pontiac. However, the GTO did get rave reviews from magazines and owners. Too bad it didn’t look like a GTO.
Let’s face it gang, Corvette sales were WAY down last year and probably won’t do much better this year. Each model HAS to pull its own in any car company. If ‘10 is as bad as ‘09, our beloved Corvette could end up in the automotive history waste bin, next to the great GTO, Trans-Am Firebird and the Olds 442 performance cars.
The Corvette team should keep their heads down and keep making the car a little better every year. And PLEASE guys, if you are reading this, make a dedicated steering wheel for the Vette so that the magazine testers will stop ragging on about the Vette’s “Malibu” steering wheel. PLEASE!
Given the terrible position GM is currently in, there’s no way the bean counters will let there be a C7 Corvette any time soon. And a Holden-based, four-door Corvette is just plain stupid. And that four-door Porsche Panamera is stupid too.The car looks like a big whale.
GM, DON’T follow Porsche!
GM, DON’T follow, LEAD!
Ed Whitacre’s Got the Job
I guess you saw that Ed Whitacre is no longer the “temporary” CEO, he’s got the job. They searched and searched and NO ONE wanted the job! Ed, you got it! You’da Man! A few months ago he confessed that he really didn’t know much about cars, but he’s going to learn. Well, that’s a good thing there, Ed.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all get high-paying executive jobs running a company that makes products that we know nothing about? Whitacre is obviously no dummy, but GM is in the position they’re in because the company has been run into the ground by financier types that think that background understanding of what they make isn’t necessary. This isn’t a uniquely GM problem, it’s become the new standard in corporate America.
God help GM.
But a four-door Corvette? Say it ain’t so! – K. Scott Teeters
True-blue, died in wool, racer man Corvette fans… Really – Would you drive a four door Corvette? Would you want to be seen in one?
Is this a desperate marketing gimmick or something Corvette fans have been “yearning” for?
Don’t be shy – add your two cents!
Save the Wave,
K. Scott Teeters is the author and illustrator for The Illustrated Corvette Series as seen in Vette magazine since 1997. You can enjoy Scott’s Corvette artwork for every production Corvette from 1953 to the 2010 Grand Sport, plus every important Corvette show car, prototype, experimental, engineering study, and many racing Corvettes at his website www.IllustratedCorvetteSeries.com. The book , The illustrated Corvette Series as published by CarTech should be out mid to late 2010.