RICK KRANZ

Current generation Vette's days are numbered

The 2012 Corvette may be the last full year of production for the C6 generation.
Rick Kranz is product editor for Automotive News.
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Time is tickin' on the current generation Corvette.

The C6 Corvette will be offered for the 2012 and 2013 model years, and that's it. In fact, 2013 may be an abbreviated model year for the Corvette, according to a Chevrolet source.

C6 is General Motors' designation for the current generation Corvette. The C6 has been on the market since the 2005 model year, and is long in the tooth.

While the source didn't say, presumably a shortened model year would give the plant in Bowling Green, Ky., plenty of time to retool for the redesigned Corvette, coming for the 2014 model year. That car is referred to as the C7.

Interestingly, that means Corvette's 60th anniversary will be marked with the current generation Vette, the 2013 model.

And if the past is any guide to the future -- Corvette created special packages to mark previous anniversaries -- I think we can expect a special edition 2013 Corvette to commemorate the event.

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