2014 Chevrolet Corvette limited to strong-selling US dealers

Article by Anita Panait, on January 16, 2013

Not all Chevrolet dealers might get a chance to carry the much-anticipated seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. This comes after General Motors decided to require dealers to meet a sales-volume level to carry the Corvette. Dealers told Automotive News that those who failed to sell at least four Corvettes in 2012 would not be given the opportunity to carry the 2014 Corvette.

Byron Hansen, a Chevrolet dealer in Brigham City, Utah, sold just two Corvettes in 2012, making him ineligible to carry the newest model of the vehicle. He told Automotive News that he does not expect to get the new Corvette this year, just like many smaller dealers – which may number to hundreds. Dealers who failed to meet the sales requirement lament that they would not be able to use the new Corvette as showroom eye candy.

Jim Stutzman, owner of Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac in Winchester, Va., said he could keep one or two Corvettes as showstoppers. Stutzman expects to be dropped from the Corvette allocation list after selling just few of the model in 2012.

Stutzman, who claims that he sold up to 50 Corvettes a year in the 1980s and '90s, remarked that he understands why GM wants smaller dealers out of the Corvette market – to allocate the volume to the metro stores. He said that being a Chevy dealer and not being able to sell Corvette makes him sad. GM is set to unveil the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette today at the Detroit auto show. The model is set to hit the showrooms by late summer.

Chevrolet’s all-new Corvette C7 Stingray makes its debut and redefines modern performance. Having a perfect balance of design, technology, and performance, the new vehicle stays true to and is deserving of the iconic Stringray title.

With an estimated power of 450 hp (335 kW) and torque of 450 lb.-ft. (610 Nm), the 2014 Corvette Stingray claims to be Chevrolet’s most powerful and most capable standard model ever. What’s more, it can accelerate from 0-60 in under four seconds as well as achieve over 1g in cornering grip. And, going beyond the EPA-estimated 26-mpg fuel-efficiency figure of its predecessor, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is expected to be Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient Corvette.

According to Mark Reuss, GM North America President, “the best Corvettes, like the 1963 Stingray, embodies performance leadership and delivers cutting-edge technologies, awe-inspiring experiences, and stunning design.” The all-new Corvette, he said, goes farther than ever with today’s advancements in engineering, design, and technology.

The all-new Corvette C7 Stingray only has two parts in common with the previous-generation model. It incorporates a new chassis and frame structure, a completely new exterior design, a new interior design, a new powertrain, and new supporting technologies. More specifically, these new features and elements include:

• A sculptured exterior that showcases advanced high-intensity discharge and LED lighting, as well as track capability and racing-proven aerodynamics, which balance performance elements for better stability and low drag for efficiency.

• Lightweight materials that include a carbon fiber removable roof panel and hood; composite fenders, rear quarter panels, and doors; a new aluminum frame and carbon-nano composite underbody panels that help shift weight towards the rear for optimal weight balance, supporting power-to-weight ratio that is world-class.

• Track-capable Z51 Performance Package, which includes a dry-sump oiling system, electronic limited-slip differential, differential and transmission cooling, integral brake, and a unique aero package, which improves high-speed stability.

Ed Welburn, GM Vice President for Global Design, said that they cannot use the Stingray name for the new car unless it truly lived up to Stingray’s legacy. As a result, the new Corvette Stingray breaks from tradition and at the same time remains immediately recognizable as a Corvette.

The new Corvette Stingray is going to be built at GM's assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. This plant went through a $131-million upgrade, including a new body shop that manufactures aluminum frames in-house.

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