June 25 -- It takes a lot of nerve to mess with an American icon, so what is Chevrolet up to, with the Corvette?
The 2004 Vette will be a little skinnier but quite a bit shorter. It also will have a much nicer, more detailed interior.
Why mess with the bigger is better formula?
Here's a hint: Chevrolet has been showing the new C6 model to consumer clinics in Europe.
GM would love to pick up some incremental sales abroad and the new package will move Corvette closer in size to European sports cars like the Porsche Boxster.
But that doesn't mean Chevy wants the Vette to have a European accent.
The re-sizing also puts the Vette closer to its original, all-American heritage.