As car enthusiasts all over North America are saving their pennies for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, dealerships are planning on filling their lots with the new rear-wheel-drive monster. Or so they thought.
The availability of the spotlight-stealing C7 may be limited to certain dealers, as General Motors has put a sales-volume threshold for Chevy dealers in place. From what we can determine, if a dealership didn’t meet this specified volume requirement in 2012, they won’t be able to sell the C7. For would-be buyers, this means that a bit of a road trip may be in order, should they decide to pony up for the latest Chevy creation.
This isn’t the first time that GM has taken this kind of action. However, it is the first for Chevrolet dealerships. Apparently, the criteria was for dealers to push at least 4 Corvettes out their doors in 2012. Dealers were notified of this change last January, and those failing to meet those requirements will reportedly not be able to use the new C7 as a tool to lure customers into their showrooms.
This will most likely hurt small-town low-volume dealers by limiting their appeal. On the flip side, large-volume dealerships will most likely see many orders for the ‘Vette.