How did you like the new Bumblebee in the Transformers movie? I would really really have loved to see a Beetle as Bumblebee – as countless others were hoping, I am sure – but I cannot deny that the Camaro that was the new Bumblebee was beautiful. If you liked that car, wait till you see the new concepts that Chevrolet is unveiling.
Making their debuts at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show are Bumblebee, a Camaro-based Autobot, Sideswipe (Corvette Stingray Concept) and Skids/Mudflap (Chevy Beat concept).
The Corvette Stingray concept is at this point solely a design exercise, not foreshadowing a production vehicle, though talk of the upcoming C7 Corvette has been circulating for some time. The Beat concept filling the role of the twin Skids and Mudflap robots is already headed to production as the 2011 Chevy Spark. The Chevrolet Volt will also be joining the cast as Jolt.
The overall idea of the Stingray Concept was to incorporate past design cues in a fully futuristic shape. Speaking specifically about the Corvette concept, Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, said, “By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives.”
All I can say is that the Stingray concept is sexy. I cannot wait to see the new movie and be amazed at the cars yet again.