Chevrolet for the first time in history will release right-hand drive CorvetteFebruary 2, 2020
The chief engineer of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 project confirmed that for the first time in history the novelty will have a version for countries with left-hand traffic. For Chevrolet, the development of the right-hand drive Corvette is a step into the unknown, since it is difficult to predict the demand for the mid-engined model in new markets.
In a conversation with the Australian edition of Which Car, Corvette C8 chief engineer Taj Juchter made it clear that Chevrolet did not know whether the investment in creating the right-hand drive modification would pay off.
The designers had to face difficulties due to the asymmetric interior of the sports car and financial constraints, since General Motors sought to maintain a low starting price for the new product.
Yukhter admitted that the mid-engine layout of the Corvette C8 simplified the process of transition from left-hand drive to right-hand drive scheme, because many expensive parts were unified. If the eighth generation model retained the front engine layout, then the development of the right-hand drive version would be unprofitable.
General Motors associates particular hopes with the Australian market – there are many fans of American cars on the Green Continent – however, Yuhter did not dare to predict the annual circulation of right-hand drive Corvette.
It is possible that sales of the Corvette C8 outside the North American market will begin only in 2021: due to problems with suppliers and a strike by workers, the schedule for deliveries of new items has moved forward by several months. Conveyor assembly of the model for American consumers began this week with almost two months behind the plan.
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