Monday, April 4, 2011

Chevrolet MiRay sparks rumours on next-gen Corvette



Any new sports car concept with Chevrolet’s famous bow-tie badge on the grille is likely to spark stories about the next generation Corvette. And when you call it the Miray – Korean for ‘future’ – it’s an understandable reaction.

But Chevy insiders say this is stunning two-seat barchetta is simply a design study created for two reasons. Firstly, this year is the US brand’s 100th birthday, and secondly, Chevrolet is being launched in South Korea for the first time.


Until now, the firm’s cars have only been available badged as Daewoos in the home market - following that brand’s sale to current owner General Motors in 2001.

Unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show, the two-seater’s hybrid powertrain features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

It’s mid-mounted and drives the back wheels. At the front are twin electric motors, each producing 20bhp, which turn the front axle and are supported by a lithium-ion battery pack that’s recharged through regenerative braking.

The Miray’s futuristic exterior design does include some relevant styling cues. The Chevy badge, mounted on the body-coloured front bumper splitting the grille into two, has recently been seen on the Orlando MPV.

source: autoexpress