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*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
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*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
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    Chevy Corvette Sales Decrease 37 Percent To 3,910 Units In Q4 2018

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    Chevy Corvette sales decreased in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2018. Chevrolet Corvette Sales - Q4 2018 - United States

    In the United States, Chevrolet Corvette deliveries totaled 3,910 units in Q4 2018, a decrease of about 37 percent compared to 6,188 units sold in Q4 2017.

    During the complete 2018 calendar year, Corvette sales decreased about 25 percent to 18,791 units.
    CORVETTE -36.81% 3,910 6,188 -25.07% 18,791 25,079
    Chevrolet Corvette Sales - Q4 2018 - Canada

    In Canada, Chevrolet Corvette deliveries totaled 149 units in Q4 2018, an increase of about 27 percent compared to 117 units sold in Q4 2017.

    During the complete 2018 calendar year, Corvette sales were flat at 0 units.
    CORVETTE +27.35% 149 117 * 0 0
    Chevrolet Corvette Sales - Q4 2018 - Mexico

    In Mexico, Chevrolet Corvette deliveries totaled 16 units in Q4 2018, flat compared to 16 units sold in Q4 2017.

    During the complete 2018 calendar year, Corvette sales decreased about 6 percent to 82 units.
    CORVETTE 0.00% 16 16 -5.75% 82 87
    2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 exterior 012Competition Sales Comparison

    The Corvette’s 37 percent U.S. sales drop in Q4 2018 exceeded the 25 percent average decrease experienced by the segment. The Corvette remained the best-selling model in its class by a significant margin, outselling all other models, including the Porsche 911, Porsche 718 (née Cayman/Boxster), Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, SLC-Class, Mercedes-AMG GT, BMW i8, Audi R8 (see Audi R8 sales), Nissan GT-R, Acura NSX, and Ford GT (see Ford GT sales). Sales Numbers - Sports Cars - Q4 2018 - USA
    CORVETTE -36.81% 3,910 6,188 -25.07% 18,791 25,079
    911 +7.95% 2,634 2,440 +7.55% 9,647 8,970
    718 -20.13% 976 1,222 +3.72% 5,276 5,087
    SL-CLASS -35.61% 557 865 -27.69% 2,126 2,940
    SLC-CLASS -27.53% 487 672 -30.31% 1,993 2,860
    AMG GT -55.15% 318 709 -5.16% 1,525 1,608
    I8 +87.26% 294 157 +58.20% 772 488
    R8 +88.46% 245 130 +20.08% 927 772
    GT-R -29.17% 68 96 -6.92% 538 578
    NSX -78.76% 48 226 -70.74% 170 581
    GT -40.00% 24 40 +41.57% 126 89
    Corvette sales accounted for roughly 41 percent of the segment’s sales volume in Q4 2018, though – as always – we must note that many of other segment contenders occupy higher price points than the Corvette, and therefore sell at lower sales volumes.

    Despite the steps drop in fourth quarter sales volume, the Corvette’s performance is impressive given that the model has been on the market for roughly six years and is one of the oldest vehicles in the segment.

    The sports car segment contracted 25 percent on average in Q4 2018 and 14.6 percent during the complete 2018 calendar year.

    2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 exterior 004The GM Authority Take

    Though Chevy Corvette sales fell more precipitously than the overall segment average in the fourth quarter, the dedicated sports car still managed to turn in a non-insignificant sales volume. In fact, other rivals that are newer – namely the Mercedes-AMG GT and Acura NSX – saw their lower sales figures slip faster than those of the Corvette.

    We posit that Corvette sales are declining more rapidly than before as a result of interest in the current-gen Corvette C7 waining as customer await the next-generation, Mid-Engine Corvette – which is just around the corner. In fact, the next generation sports car is expected to launch for the 2020 model year if delays don’t push it back into the 2021 model year. Once the mid-engine Corvette comes to market, we expect to see sales rebound as demand outstrips supply. About The Numbers
    • All percent change figures compared to Chevrolet Corvette Q4 2017 sales
    • In the United States, there were 77 selling days in Q4 2018 and 76 selling days in Q4 2017
    • Corvette sales figures include all Corvette variants, trim levels and packages, including:
      • Corvette Stingray and Corvette Stingray with Z51 package
      • Corvette Grand Sport
      • Corvette Z06 and Corvette Z06 with Z07 package
      • Corvette ZR1
    • Sales figures for Lotus, Jaguar and Maserati not available as the manufacturers do not break out information on a model level

    About Chevrolet Corvette

    The Chevrolet Corvette is a lineup of sports cars sold globally. Slotting above the Chevrolet Camaro as Chevrolet's flagship sports car, the Corvette lineup consists of the "base" Corvette Stingray, mid-level Corvette Grand Sport, Corvette Z06 and range-topping Corvette ZR1.

    The 2018 Corvette represents the fifth model year of the seventh-generation (or C7) Corvette. Despite its age, the vehicles remains highly competitive in its segment. For the 2019 model year, the Corvette discontinues the Carbon 65 Edition while gaining the 2019 Corvette ZR1 in Coupe and Convertible forms, along with two new colors - Elkart Lake Blue Metallic and Shadow Gray Metallic.

    Chevrolet is working on a next-, eighth-generation Corvette. The model is expected to be mid-, rear-engined, allowing it to push the performance envelope even further that the C7. See more on the rumored mid-engine Corvette. Though it was previously believed that the C7 generation will be discontinued when the mid-engined model is introduced, we now have reason to believe that the model will continue being offered alongside the mid-engined model.

    Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Spy Shots - Nurburgring - September 2018 009

    The Corvette is built exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. Related News & Info

    Last edited by John; 01-25-2019, 01:23 PM.

  • #2
    Feel sorry for NSX.
    But those numbers are very low for Corvette. Not sure why it dropped so much. Is it because people want to spend their money on the next Gen? If yes, then makes all sense for GM not to run C7 in parallel with C8.


    • #3
      Six years is a long time in very stylish segments especially in this day and age of instant communication..

      as great a vehicle, as beautiful as the c7 is...six years is an eternity...

      the corvette team could have restyled the sheet compound body panels on the c7 but instead the corvette team decided to move towards the c8 rear mid engine model .

      im guessing that as the c7 zR1 production ends so too will the entire c7 production end and the plant will retool for the epic c8 2020 model.

      the percentage shifts dont always tell the whole story. Remember the 2017 calender year held massive discounts as the plant upgrade had gm over produce inventory for a planned shutdown of BG for the upgraded paint shop...

      think of it this way....who was going to pay the same for the 2017 c7 s with ever so slight orange peel paint jobs (which i never really moticed or cared about but many do ) so gm heavily discounted leftover 2016 and 2017 models ...which raised unit the 2018 models had superior paint jobs...

      that 2018 was a short run and 2019 models came out..

      these dynamics can play havoc as can a rumor of a totally new rear mod engine model.

      forty uears we are waiting for this thing...

      its the one type of corvette that is going to motivate many of us happy corvette owners to open up our wallets and buy againselling off our. Belived existing corvettes..

      some guys just want the latest and greatest and those guys heard rumors of a totally different corvette....they gotta have that one...



      • #4
        Bright Siding It:

        They produce a good sports car.

        Car for the masses and Affordable

        Full size for full size folk

        Reliable is up there

        They make a profit.

        With all the others, their cars are either 1. super expensive for anybody, really , 2. overpriced for what they are, 3. too small for most folks, 4, no storage no trunk no cup holders, 5 no performance, 6 reliability issues, 7. replacement parts pain in the neck, unavailability, excessive cost, 8. excessive maintenance cost. Each product has one or more of the issues. Corvette has its fair share, but it strikes a fair balance.

        Bottom line, its not a perfect world, auto world.

        Ready everybody to love their perfectly imperfect perfect midengine rocket sledge C8/
        Last edited by SheepDog; 01-26-2019, 07:58 AM.


        • #5
          Another thing that might help C8 sales is this.

          Owners of European mid-engine exotics generally do not dive them due to concerns for depreciation, etc. Their first opportunity to really drive a powerful mid engine car with abandon and without anxiety will be as C8 owners.