Looking to make the launch of the 2014 Corvette Stingray as efficient as possible, Chevrolet will be limiting the numbers of its dealers that can sell the all-new coupe and convertible. According to Automotive News, sales of the C7 Corvette will initially be limited to less than a third of Chevy's total dealership network when the 'Vette goes on sale this summer.

Only 900 dealers out of more than 3,000 locations nationwide will be allowed to sell the new Corvette at first, and the reason for this is so that there are no shortages at dealers that can actually get the cars sold. The article says that the 900 dealerships chosen represented 80 percent of total Corvette sales in 2012.

Some of the requirements dealers had to make to get initial allocation of Stingray sales include having sold at least four Corvettes in 2012 and having a Corvette Stingray specialist who will be required to have gone through a training session costing more than $2,000 per attendee. Once demand for the 2014 Corvette Stingray begins to subside – approximately six to nine months after it goes on sale – then allocation could open up to more dealers, but the report indicates this could happen following the 2014 model year.


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      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Requiring a Corvette specialist onsite is a smart move. The guy selling Silverados all day might not be the right guy to sell a car that is being cross-shopped by a buyer looking at a Porsche, Jaguar or MB. Also some of the worst gouging is at the dealership that gets that one Corvette. That's when you see horrendous dealer added "chromed wheels" for $4000 and "Market Adjustment" for $9000 added to the MSRP.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Anthony Williams
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were a dealer I frankly wouldn't care. In 2 years time lots will be saturated with supply.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Anthony Williams
        Initially they count on the "I must be the first" guy who will pay the $35K markup... but in two-years, you're correct.
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        Tetratron
        • 1 Year Ago
        Except that Ferrari, Pagani, Mercedes and so on all use rear wheel drive on most of their cars (namely their premiere) cars and perform better than if they had an all-wheel drive system. They do just fine using aerodynamic tricks. Really, you're a frickin' idiot and the worst troll behind Laser who only posts to see how many downvotes he can get.
        Tetratron
        • 1 Year Ago
        LET ME PUT MY COMMENT IN ALL CAPS TO MAKE THEM SEEM VALID. You really are a tool Rob.
      BlackandMild
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a blessing in disguise for the dealers that don't carry this vehicle (I refuse to call it a Corvette). It has been made clear from persons like myself that currently own and had planned to purchase the new design until I saw it. The deal breaker for me was the discovery that the new design will not have the already fuel efficient, tried and true reliable/upgradeable LS powerplant under the hood- Then there is the hideous rear end- The good in all of this is that the new design made me fall in love with my sexy C6 Grand Sport convertible even more, and I get to keep 60 grand in my pocket at the same time-
        davebo357
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BlackandMild
        They haven't even announced fuel numbers for this yet. With half the cylinders able to shut off on the highway, I'm sure the LS3 won't seem so fuel efficient by comparison. If people dislike the design that's one thing, but it seems ignorant to complain about the new engine when you've no idea how it performs yet. Do you seriously think it won't be "upgradeable"?
      davebo357
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fine by me. I won't start looking for used C7s for a couple years. Kudos to those brave souls willing to take the new 'vette depreciation so the younger people can afford a used one later on.
      JohnEnzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let the horrendous stealer markups begin & raping of the idiots who will pay $10,000 over sticker for this outdated US junk. I will wait for a 21st century engineered & designed car the 2014 M4.
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JohnEnzo
        Because there is no overpricing at the BMW lot. Bmw's business model (all the german car companies for that matter): euro goes up = raise prices. Euro goes down = raise prices. 25% unemployment in Europe and half the EU countries on the verge of collapse = raise prices. I cant WAIT until Hyundai builds a mid engine V8 car for $60k
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JohnEnzo
        so will it hurt even more when this outdates us junk takes your M4 to school....along with the 458? in fact its almost worth buying the corvette to race tools like you
        inthelv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JohnEnzo
        If BMW sold hatchback turd you would probably be on every car forum saying why you paid waaay to much for it. Oh wait, they do sell a hatchback turd....
      bluemoonric
      • 1 Year Ago
      When highly desirable new products come to market all manufacturers become blackmail artists.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most manufacturers with differing product likes do this... Have you ever noticed some BMW dealerships dont have SAV's, or that not every NIssan dealerships has GTR's... this is nothing new.
        2003gliguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rich
        Ford did this first with the SVT line and then most recently with the 2012/13 Boss 302...
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great looking car and still a true 6-speed, BUT why make it so exclusive? It is not handle built like the Viper. I hope the days of a good affordable American sports car dosent get lost in this marketing crazy world. Keep the vette like mustang does in its class. Good price for ALOT of performance.
        davebo357
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        In its class it still will be a good price for the performance. Unless you're advocating they make the interior worse in exchange for keeping the price lower? A Corvette with cloth seats and roll-down windows maybe? I guess they could do that.
      Ron L'Heureux
      • 1 Year Ago
      After all the nay saying on web forums regarding the C7 Stingray, the negative criticisms will be long forgotten. I remember when the C6 came along. The whiners carried on and on about the loss of pop-up headlamps. There is nothing of the C6 used on this new model, with the exception of 2 bolts. One or both of them are from the starter mount. The best know European super cars offer all wheel drive on select models. Chevrolet certainly has that option in the future. Certainly a new generation engine was called for in an all mew super car. It's still designated an LS1, but is smaller, lighter and has direct injection, among too many other advantages to remember. I recall all the outrage and indignation when the new Camaro came out. It would never sell the said. Turns out that it has outsold Mustang since it went on sale in 2010. I do think Chevy is being smart about their preferred dealer choice. Of course, my local Chevy dealer will be one of them. They sell more Vettes than any other of the 11 dealers in San Diego.
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