Unveiled with great ceremony at the Detroit auto show, the seventh-generation Corvette looked like a Christmas tree of styling cues, festooned with curves, cuts, and bulges. "The fussiness gives everyone a cluttered feel," says veteran Edmunds.com analyst Bill Visnic. "This is one seriously over-designed car." Somebody seems to have gotten the message. Mysteriously, the conspicuous rear vents in the coupe that Chevy said were needed for cooling have disappeared from the convertible version.
A bad leader will inflict serious damage on any company. But for automakers, the results are often catastrophic.