The appearance of the Corvette C8 at CIIE 2019 will mark the first time the vehicle has been shown at an international exhibition and one of the first times it has been shown outside of the United States.
The Corvette has not previously been offered for sale in China in an official capacity, while the Chevrolet Camaro is currently exported into the country. The only Camaro available for purchase in China is the RS trim with the turbocharged 2.0-liter LTG four-cylinder engine.
If the Corvette does make its way to China, it’s not clear how many different trim levels of the Corvette C8 may be offered there, though the model shown at CIIE 2019 appears to feature the Z51 Performance Package. It would make sense for GM to sell well-equipped versions of the sports car in the country in order to position it higher in the marketplace and make a larger profit after shipping it a long distance.
Chevrolet also displayed a number of other cars at CIIE 2019 that it may begin to export to the country including the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Yukon XL Denali and GMC Sierra Denali.
“We are proud to once again be participating in CIIE to introduce more lifestyle choices to China’s consumers,” said GM China president Matt Tsien. “The products on display show how we are creating a unique and rewarding experience for those pursuing their dreams while enriching China’s car culture in the new era of quality growth.”
“Our stand at CIIE is all about exploration, expanding boundaries and reaching beyond,” said Marc Comeau, GM China vice president of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. “It showcases the spirit of innovation and overcoming challenges through the utility, versatility and luxury of GM products.”
GM Authority has reached out to GM China for more information on the potential availability of the aforementioned products in China and when local consumers can expect them to go on sale there. We will update this story when we hear back.