Cars Coming Soon->A (Sting) Ray of Hope for Corvette, Aston Martin Cygnet Coming to U.S.

Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray concept

The 1963 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray is the most exciting Corvette in history. With an independent rear suspension and that iconic split window, few cars elicit the same passion as the famous hardtop coupe.

The original Sting Ray concept debuted in 1959, and 50 years later General Motors stoked the Sting Ray fire again with the one-word Stingray concept, which starred in the movie Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen.

Sting Ray fans rejoiced, but GM never announced official production. It still hasn’t, but the company has taken a possible step in that direction:

The General has filed a trademark application for the word “Stingray” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for use on automobiles. It’s not an imminent sign of the Sting Ray’s return, but it’s at least enough to provide hope that a return remains a possibility.

GM’s Dave Caldwell told Jalopnik:

It’s not really indicative of any specific naming or branding decisions. When we did the semi-recent design concept, we discovered that we did not control the Stingray name to the extent we thought we should.

So a new Stingray is neither confirmed nor denied…. yet.

A new Aston Martin will hit our shores in 2012, but it’s not one that performance-minded car freaks will go gaga over. Aston execs have revealed to Automotive News that the diminutive Cygnet city car will be sold in the U.S. by 2012, but only to existing Aston Martin customers and for a steep $35K.

The Cygnet, based on the Toyota iQ, will be powered by the same 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine but come fitted with a premium interior and tweaked exterior.

Aston Martin sold about 4,000 cars in 2009, and the company hopes the addition of the Cygnet will increase sales by at least 30 percent. That seems awfully optimistic to me. Maybe if Aston’s engineers had bothered to at least add a turbocharger, it might have a chance.

Would you like to see a new Corvette Stingray hit the streets?

-tgriffith

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