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After 2 years alone in the market segment (a little two-seat roadster) the Corvette had some pretty low sales numbers. Chevy was looking to drop the Corvette. Then Ford brought out the Thunderbird to compete in this "new" segment. Chevy didn't want to lose that competition, so they continued on with the Corvette.

But that was the last time the two vehicles were in any kind of competition. Corvette veered off into the sports car segment, while Thunderbird drifted into the "personal luxury car" market.

Many years later, GM tried that segment again with the Pontiac Solstice, and Ford tried again with a new Thunderbird. Neither one stuck around.

Ford did try to compete with the newer Corvette's market segment (although way more expensive) with it's GT, but that had no staying power either.

All of these vehicles were quite iconic, but the Corvette was the only one that stuck around through all those years. But I think it would be outstanding if Ford makes a direct competitor.
 

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Corvette is now in rarified air. T bird is welcome, but let’s not kid ourselves. GT is what Ford should focus on to fight Corvette
Those are just names. Certainly Ford should compete with a similar-type vehicle, but Thunderbird would be a better name. GT, or even GT40, just sounds too generic, especially with a history of using GT as a trim level. that would be like GM coming out with a car called simply "SS". :rolleyes: And while Thunderbird has a history quite unlike the current Corvette, that car's been gone a long time and Ford hasn't been using it for anything else.
 
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