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 |  Apr 30 2012, 9:01 PM

One of America’s oldest sports car mainstays, the Chevrolet Corvette, is headed for sale in South Korea according to the company.

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 |  Oct 11 2011, 12:45 PM

The 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is being recalled due to an issue with the rear hatch. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there’s a risk that due to a potential design flaw, the rear hatch could separate from the car.

The hatch’s rear hinges may not meet the load requirements that are specified in federal safety standards. In the case of a crash and the hinges fail, the rear hatch could detach and increase the risk of injury.

This recall notice affects hard-top models that were built between January 24, 2011 and September 1, 2011. In total, there are 5,755 of these models in the U.S. If you own one of these models, you can take it to a Chevrolet dealer that will replace the hinges free of charge.

For more information, you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (the campaign uses the 11V491000 number) or Chevrolet, at 1-800-630-2438, or go online to www.safercar.gov.

 |  Apr 25 2011, 2:36 PM

In the old days, when you had newspapers and magazines, it was relatively easy for automakers to keep a lid on new models and changes to existing ones. Not anymore. The first whiff of a new car or a significant update and it’s being blogged, tweeted or placed in a viral video of some kind.

Now, according to Corvette Blogger, changes to Chevrolet s sportscar for 2012 are already out and making news, slightly before the General actually intended.

Among the updates, are high performance packages for both the supercharged  ZR1 and the 505 hp Z06. These include lightweight, black painted wheels; R compound Michelin Pilot tires and a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox, while the Z06 gets Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors; the black painted wheels and Pilot rubber, plus selective magnetic ride control and a Performance Traction Management feature, designed to further enhance grip (which until now was a ZR1 exclusive).

Other updates, include a shuffling of exterior colors (Carlisle Blue Metallic replaces Jetstream Blue) and the debut of the Centennial Edition in celebration of Chevy’s 100 anniversary later this year. This one will be finished in a unique shade of black (called Carbon Flash Metallic), with special black painted wheels, red brake calipers, leather wrapped instrument panel and special ebony seats with red stitching among other things. For more info on these and other features of the 2012 Corvette, click on the link below.

[Source: Corvette Blogger]