Consider this: the last-generation Corvette C6 was on the market for nine years before being replaced with the soon-to-launch 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray. No matter how you cut it, nine years is a long time in the automotive industry… heck, it’s nearly a decade for a Vette fan to wait for the next model. Luckily, The General won’t let that happen again.
“We went through an obviously distressed time as a company, and it is hard to do everything all at once”, said President of GM North America Mark Reuss in an interview. “This was one of the cars that a little more time didn’t hurt it. But expect the cycle time to decrease now.”
On average, Corvette redesigns have taken nine years, and the C6 — which was introduced in 2005 and discontinued in 2013 — is a prime example of that time table. But that wasn’t the longest that Corvette enthusiasts had to wait for a new model: the third-generation Vette (C3) was on sale for a whopping 15 years (1968-1982) before being replaced by the fourth-gen.
Here are the model year ranges of the six bygone generations of the Corvette:
- First generation C1: 1953–1962
- Second generation C2: 1963–1967
- Third generation C3: 1968–1982
- Fourth generation C4: 1983–1996
- Fifth generation C5: 1997–2004
- Sixth generation C6: 2005–2013
Now, who can’t wait to drive the 2014 C7? This guy! (Points to self).