The 2018 model year of Corvette will be the one of the shortest production runs in the nameplate’s history after Chevrolet confirmed 2019 C7 Corvette production will begin in January 2018.
Corvette Blogger reports the final cut-off day to order a 2018 C7 Corvette will be November 16, 2017, and the final day for 2018 Corvette production is set for January 22, 2018. From January 29, 2018, 2019 C7 Corvette production will begin.
It follows the Bowling Green assembly plant’s shutdown to retool the assembly line itself for flexible assembly methods. The final C7 to leave the “old” assembly line left the plant in July of this year. GM invested $290 million into the facility for the retooling purposes as well.
The abbreviated 2018 model year basically confirms another piece of news: the C7 Corvette ZR1 will be a 2019 model. Chevrolet will release an order guide for the 2019 Corvette on November 20 of this year and orders will begin for 2019 Corvettes on November 30. Whether Chevrolet shows the 2019 Corvette ZR1 next month or waits until sometime next year remains a mystery.
We do know, however, no major changes for the 2019 model year are planned, and all models, colors and options will carry over from 2018. The only major change Chevrolet confirmed is the 2018 C7 Corvette Carbon 65 special edition will go away after the final unit allocations are sold.