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2020 Chevrolet Corvette 'Nearly Sold Out'

2020 Chevrolet Corvette 'Nearly Sold Out'

Time may be running out for folks who want the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. At least one executive claims the new supercar’s first year of production is nearly sold out already.

Speaking with AutoBlog at this weekend’s Concours d’Elegance of America, GM Design Chief Mike Simcoe remarked to the broader crowd that C8 Corvette orders are almost to match the company’s planned production numbers for year one of the car.

“I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers,” Simcoe said when addressing a large crowd around the car. AutoBlog then asked Simcoe to elaborate. “It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon,” Simcoe stated.

Chevrolet has been accepting online registrations for the 2020 Corvette online since it was introduced a couple weeks ago. What Simcoe did not state is how many orders the company already has for the Corvette. The company has also not disclosed how many C8’s it plans to build in the first year of production, which is typically a number automakers do not disclose.

Corvette sales and production numbers have been erratic over the years. Generally in years with all-new generations, sales crest the 30,000 figure. It is unclear if Chevy has the capacity or desire to sell a mid-engine car in those volumes, though.



About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. adk024
    So I guess they are capping production. I mean the plant only runs at one shift...

    They hired more for a second shift.
    So I guess they are capping production. I mean the plant only runs at one shift...
    Interesting. While I'm still not in love with the design (I just don't love GM's current design approach of lots of surface excitement), I do think they did a better job evolving the Corvette than they have the Camaro. They seem to have really asked themselves what is core to the Corvette (performance, livability and value) and have allowed themselves to evolve in other places. So, the C8 seems fresh yet still recognizably Corvette.

    I suspect if they took the same approach with the Camaro, the current generation would be a much different (and more interesting) car -- and would likely sell better.

    I do wonder what 'sell out' looks like for a mid-engined, $60K car. My guess -- 15000 units, which is a LOT for a mid-engined car, but much less than peak Corvette sales. We'll see.
    Much like the C7 when it debuted GM will extend the hype with controlling production numbers.
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