For the first time in nine years, a new Corvette will be hitting showrooms. General Motors unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Detroit, Mich., one day before the North American International Auto Show.

Among the features of the new mode are a 6.2-liter small block V-8 engine with 450 horsepower. Drivers can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds. Among the other features are aluminum framing, and the engine will be kicked down to four cylinders at highway speeds, saving fuel.

"For 60 years, the Corvette has represented the state of the art in performance cars. To put it simply, this car is the reason I work at General Motors," said Mark Reuss, North American president. "It's presence, the performance, the history and the heritage — everything it stands for — always raises the hair on the back of my neck."

Auto industry experts believe that while sales of GM cars may not be high this year, the new Corvette can help draw attention to the motor company and generate buzz and attention for their other cars. "Even though the new Corvette will not have significant market share impact for GM, the vehicle remains … an iconic symbol of American car-making — combining power and beauty of design," said Jesse Toprak of TrueCar.com. "In a year where GM's sales are expected to be stagnant, the new Corvette will bring the much needed showroom traffic to Chevrolet dealers."

No price has been set for the new Corvette, which is expected to be released this fall.

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