HERTZ FUN CLUB ADDS ZHZ CORVETTE COUPES
Members – Does the term “IT’S
A RENTAL, DON’T BE GENTLE” mean anything to you?
Well, it certainly will be to Hertz starting in June when they
release to the renting public 500 very limited and specially
equipped Velocity Yellow 2LT 2008 Coupes with an easily
recognizable ZHZ fender badge on both sides.
These very special
Corvettes will be rented through the Hertz Fun Club Program at various
Hertz locations throughout the United States, including Hawaii. This
wonderful Hertz program has been ongoing for the last several years.
They received considerable attention two years ago with the
re-introduction of the Carroll Shelby Black and Gold Mustang GT-H that
they have been successfully renting, just like they did back in 1966.
Hertz’s soon to
be collectible ZHZ Corvette Coupe will include the 2LT Ebony
interior (193) package with a ZHZ embroidered logo on the console arm
rest and floor mats inside of a Velocity Yellow (45U) exterior tint coat
paint with a Black Stripe, from front to back, laid down the center of
this C6. The transmission of choice will be the Six Speed Paddle Shift
Automatic, along with the (NPP) Dual Mode Exhaust and (F55) Magnetic
Select Ride Control, including the cross drilled rotors.
Accessories will play a big part in the uniqueness of this Corvette.
Hertz is including the (VPL) GCA Ultimate Appearance Package which
includes the screen mesh package (side coves, exhaust plate screen,
grille mesh), body-color rear license plate frame, underhood blanket and
lamp kit, graphics package (as mentioned above), full-width spoiler and
body-color door handles. The wheels for this very unique ZHZ will be the
Seven-Spoke Forged-Chrome Wheel which certainly will add a dramatic
appearance to this already exciting ride.
Members, the best
news of all is that Hertz will be offering a very special discount
program to Registry Members. We have placed this discount code in our
MEMBERS ONLY section today and it
will also be listed in the upcoming Spring 2008 Official C5/C6 Registry
Magazine headed to your mailbox in June.
CODES FOR REGISTRY MEMBERS RENTING HERTZ FUN CLUB CORVETTE ZHZs ARE AS
PC # 107310
is for $30 off/weekend.
PC # 107041
is for $40 off/week.
Range: $190 -
$230/day and $900 - $1,000/week.
THESE DISCOUNTS ARE
GOOD CURRENTLY THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008. Log on to
www.Hertz.com to reserve your ZHZ!
We finalized with
Hertz the list of cities that these Fun Club Corvettes will be available
at. Please note the cities below and we hope you will coordinate them
with your future travel plans.
Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Palm Beach, Fort Meyers, Dallas,
Houston, Boston, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland,
San Francisco, Oahu, Maui, Nashville, Charlotte, Charleston,
Philadelphia, Dulles, Phoenix, Denver and Newark.
Indications are that
this program will possibly run for a two-year period with 2009 C6s being
brought into service early next year. Rumors seem to be confirming that
they will add Convertibles as part of next year’s program. We know this
program will be a hit with our traveling Registry members!
SPECIALTY CORVETTES TO BE UNVEILED AT THE UPCOMING CHICAGO AUTO
If you live
anywhere near Chicago, you need to visit the 98th annual Chicago Auto
Show which runs from Feb. 9 through 18 at the McCormick Place North and
South Convention Center. Corvette is unveiling TWO specialty Corvettes
for the 2007 Model year.
These TWO unique
Corvettes, which will be produced in LIMITED numbers, will be produced
with 2007 VIN’s. C6-R racing hero and champion driver Ron Fellows will
have his own very limited edition Arctic White Z06. His edition is
reported to be only up to 333 Z06s, with 33 going to Europe and 300 for
the US and Canada buyers. There will be quite a bit of uniqueness to
Corvette Hero’s RON MACHINE edition Z06 with unique striping and
interior badging, along with his personal signature on every one of
them! CAN YOU SAY HUGE DEALER MARK UP!
The other unique C6 is
reported to be a 500 limited edition run of the Indianapolis 500 Pace
Car for this year’s May race. This Indy 500 Pacer will also have unique
striping and interior upgrade package. This will be the first complete
factory produced Indy 500 Corvette Pacer available for purchase since
the 1,163 C5 Radar Purple Metallic Convertibles produced in 1998.
Members, for those of you
heading out to the McCormick Place, the hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Admission for the event, which
features some 1,000 cars and trucks, a Chrysler test track and
entertainment, is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older and
children 7 to 12 and free for kids younger than 7 accompanied by a paid
We look forward to
hearing back from all of you who have the opportunity to see these TWO
specialty Corvettes up close and personal. Please email us your
firstname.lastname@example.org on these
That’s the BIG news all over the Corvette Kingdom!
Members, the SAGA
CONTINUES…the latest version of this ever breaking story goes like
this: Amcast Industrial Corporation, the sole producer of C6 and Z06
production Corvette wheels filed for bankruptcy, as we all know, late
last year. Chevrolet filed an injunction with the Indiana Courts asking
them to make Amcast Corp continue with their original pricing agreement
and production schedule regarding Corvette wheels.
Here is some
background…Chevrolet had chosen ONLY Amcast Industrial Corporation to be
the SOLE PRODUCER of the C6 Corvette wheel in its various styles.
Amcast Corp produced the base silver painted 5-spoke wheel (RPO QG6),
the 5-spoke polished aluminum wheel (RPO QG7), the Competition (dark)
Gray painted wheel (RPO QX1), and the 5-spoke Chrome wheel (RPO QX3) for
the C6 Coupe and Convertible. Amcast Corp had also been awarded the
contract to produce the Z06 painted aluminum wheel and it’s most
beautifully sought after Polished version (RPO QL9). They also are
producing the Z06 painted aluminum wheel in Competition Gray (RPO Q44).
Note: We were told that all the chroming of the chrome wheels were
being outsourced after production at Amcast Corp.
The Indiana Court ruling
was very interesting. Those in the know tell us that the Courts did not
really want to see this job producing industry leave the area. So the
Court ruling goes something like this…Amcast Corp could not refuse to
produce wheels for the Corvette, but GM also had to pay the fair going
rate for these previously contracted wheels. It’s been indicated to us
that the new rate per wheel from Amcast Corp is approximately three
times the original contract price.
So GM began looking to
The Old Country and low and behold Speedline Wheel Manufacturer of Italy
was contacted. C5 owners and members will remember that Speedline was
the producer of the Magnesium wheel that was an option during the C5
production run. We heard that Speedline had bid on the original C6
contract, but were underbid. But because of this bid process they also
had a C6 wheel mold and were immediately able to begin producing C6
wheels as of mid December 2005. They are being produced daily and being
flown over from Italy to the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The current situation is
that they can only produce QUICKLY the base style painted wheels in
Silver or Competition Gray for the Coupe, Convertible or Z06. The high
polished wheels will come back into production in late April or May 2006
if the quality standard has been reached.
That is why GM put out a
very pointed statement to all its Dealers stating (and we paraphrase)
that you can order your Corvette with any wheel you want…but we will put
on it whatever wheel we have when it’s built!
understand even though your C6 order from your Dealer has been or will
be accepted by the Plant, whatever wheel you specified on your order,
you may NOT find it on your Corvette when it arrives. Of course this
mostly applies to Polished/Chrome wheels for the Coupe or Convertible
and Z06. You will receive a price reduction credit back if a lower cost
wheel was placed on your C6.
But it’s clear to us that
because of all this drama, there will be a REALLY BIG increase in
the price of Corvette wheels in the future!
Z06 Production May
come to a halt!
Members, as we informed you on December 3rd, Amcast Industrial
Corporation, the sole producer of C6 and Z06 production Corvette
wheels had filed for bankruptcy for the second time. They are no
longer producing Corvette wheels for General Motors after
December 31, 2005. Current stock piles of these wheels have been
dwindling and Corvette is currently having SpeedLine of Italy
(makers of the C5 Magnesium wheel) produce the standard 5-spoke
PAINTED wheel ONLY for coupes and convertibles. As fast as
these wheels are being manufactured, they are being flown in
from Italy to Bowling Green, KY. The high polished wheels are
currently being assessed by management to determine when their
production will begin again. There may be up to a 60 to 90 day
lag time on high polished wheels being available again.
BUT THE REALLY BIG ISSUE IS – THERE IS
CURRENTLY NO ONE AVAILABLE TO PRODUCE THE VERY SPECIAL Z06 WHEELS.
Production of the Z06 may come to a halt for up to 90 days while options
are being considered by management on what to do. Of course, this will
mean that any dealer with a Z06 in stock will ask prices somewhere as
high as the moon for them! If there is a possibility to get a Z06 and
your dealer doesn’t know about this, now is the time!
The old adage that a photo is worth a
1,000 words may never be more true in future Corvette history than a
shot of the Bowling Green final assembly parking area, with 500 Z06’s
all on blocks! It will look like the Viper Club and Porche Club of
America members broke into the gates and stole all the wheels to keep
the beast off the road!
We’ll keep you posted as events
Corvette is Listening to You F55
Magnetic Selective Ride Owners!
Members, for months now we have been receiving email after email
about why F55 Magnetic Suspension Corvettes do not have the
slotted rotors available as part of their suspension option.
It’s clear that all the chatter on the C5/C6Net and emails from
all of you are being heard at the highest levels. We hear
there’s been quite a bit of discussion about the future in
allowing slotted rotors like on the Z51 Handling Package to be
made available for the Magnetic Suspension equipped C6s. This
may be difficult to have happen for the 2006 model year, but
look for it possibly in 2007. Our question is why not just have
a FACTORY slotted rotor option available for all C6s, now matter
which suspension option you have?
Helloooo GM, if anyone is
listening, this option would sell!
for 2006 C6s has been REDUCED to a Snails pace!
Members, how is this possible, you ask, when last years 2005 Z51
production (15,345) was 41.1%of total (37,372) C6 Corvette
sales? This clearly indicates that 4 out of 10 buyers wanted a
true performance handling Corvette with the finest handling
package that Chevrolet can offer and are willing to pay a
premium for it. Dealers have contacted us to advise us that NO
Z51 orders are being processed at this time. The situation is
as follows: The Z51 package has been placed in a very limited
“hold production status” due to the fact that this very popular
performance handling package is being rejuvenated and ENHANCED
for 2006. Word is that it is going to be significantly improved
for 2006 once it is released
You've ask for it...
so we got it a little early for you this year!
The final Production numbers for the 2005 Model Year Corvette
are now on line, in the members only section
Members Only Exclusive
Click here for production numbers in Excel
TSB and Recall Information now
Exclusive to the members only
area of the C6 Registry site, we are now listing all the Technical
Service Bulletins, and Safety Recalls for the C6 Corvette online.
CLICK HERE for complete list.
2006 Corvette Paint Color On Your 2005!
How is this possible you ask? Members, as you are aware, Millennium
Yellow (79U) and Magnetic Red (86U) exterior paints have been
discontinued for the 2005 current model year. But don’t despair, because
both colors will be replaced with paints originally planned for
introduction on the 2006 Corvette.
The plan is, that Millennium Yellow will be replaced with Velocity
Yellow (RPO 45U). Velocity Yellow appears slightly lighter in
shade than Millennium Yellow in part due to the fact that Velocity
Yellow has an even “premiumer” "tint coat" finish. We’re told that the
tint coat also gains a "depth" not seen with standard paint finishes.
And of course, Velocity Yellow will be an additional cost paint choice.
The replacement for Magnetic Red II will be
Monterey Red (RPO 80U).
Just like Magnetic Red II, Monterey Red is a metallic finish that, in
this case, is slightly darker than Magnetic Red II. Monterey Red
contains deep metallic flake and is similar, although several shades
lighter, than the 2003 Anniversary Red. Monterey Red is also an
additional cost paint choice.
The new colors (RPO 45U and RPO 80U) will be accessible to your ordering
dealer on Thursday, May 19, 2005. This will allow your dealer plenty of
time to change your current order or place a new order for you in one of
these two new and exciting 2006 colors.
Multi red JPG is every
single "Color shade of RED" Corvette has used since the 97 C5
Corvette. The 2 new colors Monterey Red and Velocity Yellow will start
up in June. Both colors are premium tint coats with a $750 option
Although production of these new colors is
anticipated to begin in late June 2005; however, both will require a
limited constraint period before they become freely available.
Go see your dealer now, so your ’05 will be
one of the very few with an ’06 color!
comparisons to the chips.
Upcoming C6 Color
Two new exterior paint colors, originally in the works for the 2006
Corvette, will instead be moved forward and introduced late in the 2005
model run. To accommodate these two new colors it will be necessary to
expedite the build out of two of the current 2005 Corvette selections.
As a result both Millennium Yellow (79U) and Magnetic Red (86U) will be
subject to this early build out situation. The following dates will
March 5, 2005
March 8, 2005
March 16, 2005
April 4, 2005
March 12, 2005
March 15, 2005
March 23, 2005
April 11, 2005
Note: Once the remaining preliminary orders have been flagged for
delivery, it will become
necessary for dealers to either change or cancel those orders as they
can no longer be
selected for production. Please pay special attention to your
during this period to avoid unnecessary order processing delays.
Detailed information regarding the two
new 2006 colors and their availability will
be announced shortly.
The Following is
some additional clarification on current Corvette constraints.
Corvette Convertible (1YY67):
The plant has begun to accelerate Convertible production. Once the
Convertible has reached full production capacity, it should comprise 50%
of all Corvette orders. We hope to achieve full capacity by mid-March,
but are aggressively pursuing all options to improve on that date.
Power Convertible Top (CM7):
Power top availability is also improving. Once again, we hope to achieve
full capacity by mid-March. At full capacity we expect to build 50-60%
of all Convertibles with the Power Top.
Dual Roof Option (C2L):
As Convertible availability increases, availability of this option will
also increase. We currently plan to free flow this option beginning on
Beige Top (35T) and Gray Top
(37T): Still awaiting engineering
validation on both of these tops. We hope to have more information about
their availability by the end of January.
Polished Wheel (QG7):
Our supplier is experiencing some throughput issues resulting in lower
availability of the QG7 wheel. We are working with the supplier daily to
improve this throughput. Unfortunately, availability may temporarily go
down as the supplier works through some unforeseen challenges. Please
ensure your orders in VOMS fit within this constraint. We hope to have
more information by the end of January.
Various elements of this package are still awaiting engineering
validation. We do not foresee this package being available prior to
April at this time. This package is expected to penetrate only around
Navigation System (URB):
Demand has exceeded forecast for this option. We are currently reviewing
the potential for an increase from the Navigation System provider. We
will provide you with additional information as it becomes available.
Z51 Sport Suspension Package
(Z51): This option package will
be constrained due to CAFE requirements. This constraint will be high
over the next several weeks as we work through a backlog of orders, but
should eventually improve to around 50% of total Corvette production.
Z06 CORVETTE FOR 2006 COLORS AND OPTIONS!!!!
– We hear you! Everyone is wondering what exactly is going to be included
in the base Z06 and what are the package options and which options are
Option Package for Z06
includes: (we were told that there are TWO option packages – we are still
working on additional clarification in this area)
Side Air bags
Homelink (garage door
Auto-dimming mirrors and
Luggage shade/cargo net
Z06 free flow options: (we
believe there are more individual options than what we have listed below –
we are still working on additional clarification in this area)
Members - The C6 Garage
is no longer empty
As of December 7, 2004 the total production for all C6's is 13,714. Of
course, they have been building coupes since the last week of June, 2004
and their totals are 13,310. There has been a very small convertible
production which has been inching along since September, totals only
reaching 404 with 90% having black tops.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOTALS