The General Motors Bowling Green assembly plant produced 37,288 2014 C7 Corvette Stingrays. That’s a little less than the 37,372 units produced in 2005, the first year of production for the C6 model, but nearly equal to the last three years of production for the C6 Corvette combined. To that end, we still have five more months of production and sales recording to go, though the numbers will count towards the 2015 Corvette.
The Bowling Green Assembly plant where the Corvette is produced has an annual production capacity of about 38,000 units with its single shift/overtime schedule. The 37,288 Corvettes sold this year actually ranks 2014 at 14th on the list of highest ever production years for a Corvette. However the only times production has topped this since 1985 was in 2005 and 2007, when C6 sales reached 37,372 and 40,561 units, respectively.
What’s different about the first year of C7 sales is the majority of cars sold weren’t base models, with 56% of buyers ticking the Z51 box. Torch Red proved the be the most popular color, with 19% of buyers favoring it, while Arctic White came in a close second at 17%. Buyers also favored the six-speed automatic transmission, with 65% choosing it, while 35% stuck with the 7-speed manual.
Chevrolet’s year-to-date Corvette sales currently sit at 20,804 for 2014. That will be a hard number for the Corvette team to top in 2015, as historically Corvette sales have always declined during the second year on sale. However significant upgrades like the all-new 8L90E eight-speed transmission and Performance Data Recorder and the addition of the 2015 Z06 could put a stop to that trend.