The eighth-generation Corvette is the first of its kind developed by Chevy from the start to accommodate a right-hand drive layout. This allowed General Motors to make the C8 a truly global model by opening up the mid-engined sports car to markets such as the UK, Japan and Australia. While the company admitted it was taking a bet with RHD ‘Vette, the car is already proving to be a hit in the land of the rising sun as Chevy only needed 60 hours to sell more than 300’ Vettes in Japan.
Australians are also eager to get their hands on the revised performance coupe, which still arrives despite Holden’s shocking and sudden demise. Following General Motors’ decision to end Australia’s beloved brand, many people wondered what badge the C8 would get within Australian specs. The bow tie? HSV? In fact, neither.
Car Guide has learned from General Motors that the long-awaited Corvette will be sold under the new General Motors Specialty Vehicles banner. Between 40 and 60 existing Holden and HSV dealerships will be transformed into GMSV showrooms. The C8 won’t be the only car on sale as the Chevy Silverado pickup truck also receives the GMSV treatment, with additional models expected in subsequent years. These could include the Chevy Tahoe as well as the electric Hummer and Cadillac models.
GMSV will be operational by the end of the year, but the AU-spec Corvette is not expected to arrive until late 2021 or early 2022. Its launch was originally slated for Australia in the first half of the year. next year, but local reports say it’s been delayed “to coincide with a technological change that would homologate the vehicle on the basis of European emissions standards”, according to Car tips.