Recall Alert: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 900 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Corvette sports cars in two separate actions, one involving about 800 vehicles manufactured between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4, and the other recalling nearly 100 vehicles manufactured between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27

The Problem: In the larger recall, only one of the rear parking-brake cables may be fully seated and engaged, resulting in the parking brake only operating on one of the rear park brake drums. Without the parking brake functioning on both rear wheels, the vehicle may roll away if parked on steep gradient, increasing the risk of a crash. In the smaller action, the driver-side frontal airbag module back plate may fracture upon deployment, allowing the front-impact airbag to separate from the steering wheel, increasing the risk of an injury or a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners affected by both recalls. In the larger action, dealers will inspect and correct the park brake cable installation, and in the smaller action, dealers will replace the driver-side front-impact airbag; repairs in both cases will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule for either recall.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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GM Announces Performance Times for 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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We spend a lot of time at Cars.com dissecting the practicalities of SUVs and family sedans, but sometimes track numbers are just too over-the-top to go unshared. We’re at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s fall rally in Joliet, Ill., and GM just laid down some astonishing numbers on the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The 650-horsepower, supercharged Z06 hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and scorches the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds — with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the car eclipses the very exclusive sub-3-second club, hitting 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and nailing the quarter-mile in 10.95 seconds. That’s the quickest production car GM says it’s ever produced.

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How quick is 10.95 seconds? Well, consider that when Car and Driver magazine tested a Bugatti Veyron in 2005 — at the time the 1,001-hp, $1.25 million all-wheel-drive godfather of all supercars — it ran the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. And today's Z06 starts at less than $79,000. It’s little surprise that GM just took its first orders and the automaker is already overwhelmed, particularly since the car pulls 1.2 g lateral acceleration and stops from 60 mph in an impossible 99.6 feet, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told reporters.

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GM Issues Stop Sale on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes

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GM has issued a stop-sale order on about 2,800 new Chevrolet Corvettes, a spokesman for the automaker told The Detroit News. GM spokesman Alan Adler told the newspaper that the Detroit automaker has instructed dealers to halt delivery on about 2,000 model-year 2015 Corvettes to repair a problem with the driver-side airbag, and has temporarily stopped shipments of the high-performance sports cars from its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.

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Another 800 Corvettes, most still at dealerships, were also placed on hold because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. The part must be inspected to ensure the brake is operating on both brake drums, Adler told the newspaper. Adler said very few of the 2,800 were already in customer possession, and would not say whether the stop sale would be followed by a recall. Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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Chevrolet Prices 2015 Corvette Z06 at $78,995

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The high-performance Corvette Z06 is back for 2015 with an entry-level price not horribly inflated compared to the previous-generation Z06, and that's a welcome surprise for those waiting to buy one. The new 650-horsepower Z06 is the most-powerful production car GM has ever produced; it starts at $78,995 with destination for a coupe and $83,995 for the newly available convertible Z06.

Related: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The entry price seems like a bargain at just $2,400 more than the outgoing 2013 Z06 considering there's 145 more hp, a 20 percent stiffer aluminum chassis plus technology and quality strides made inside the car.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Gets New Eight-Speed Transmission; We Drive It

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Chevrolet has been enjoying amazing success with the redesigned Corvette Stingray, delivering 37,000 of the 2014 model to buyers, nearly tripling sales of the iconic two-seat sports car overnight. Now 2014 model production has ended, and the company is ready to begin shipping 2015 models out the door of the Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing plant. The new model is largely the same as the 2014, with one notable exception: The 2015 Stingray receives a new General Motors-designed eight-speed automatic transmission, joining the seven-speed manual and replacing the old six-speed automatic.

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Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,000 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays with FE1 or FE3 suspensions

The Problem: General Motors is reporting that an insufficient weld in the rear shocks could lead to a fracture and reduce the shocks' life. GM said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the rear shock absorbers for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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