Of all the Corvette news and content we’ve provided over the past four days, this one is easily the most confusing. And nobody is really sure what to make of it.
During the 2014 Stingray’s highly publicized reveal, Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper inquired GM CEO Dan Akerson if this latest example of the Corvette would finally grace Australian shores in a right-hand-drive configuration. Simply, Akerson stated “yes,” and “soon.” To solidify Akerson’s remarks, Corvette lead engineer Tadge Juechter stated that he and his team have been hoping to finally make the Corvette a true global car, but it would take a few years before the vehicle would reach the land of Oz — perhaps by 2015 or 2016.
Then, seemingly out of left field, comes Tim Lee — GM president of international operations. Chances are he knows a thing or two about the company’s future global products, and he proceeds to squash all previous affirmations without hesitation.
“I have no idea what [Akerson] said but we have no plan to put a right-hand-drive under that bonnet. The Corvette is a Chevrolet, it’s not a Holden, it never will be, next question.” He added that there isn’t even engineering put forth into the project yet, much less plans to even launch a right-hand-drive Corvette.
Lee finished with: “this is a non-story from my point of view. You can write what you want to write, I really don’t give a [expletive]. But it is not in the mainstream plan.”
Ouch. It’s rather odd that three high-ranking GM officials couldn’t all have a clear and uniform answer. Another case of one hand not following the other, it seems. But if we were to listen to anyone, we would believe Juechter, as he spearheads the Corvette’s development.