Well, it looks like the C6 will definitely be driving off into the sunset after the 2013 model year. In a recent story on Autoweek, we’ve learned that the time frame for the arrival of the C7 Corvette is slated for the end of 2013, and it will be sold as a 2014 model. Autoweek found a post on Corvette Forum from a dealer who had received a letter from GM laying out their production plans for the Corvette over the next two years. Included in those plans are the 60th Anniversary 427 Corvette Convertible, an abbreviated ordering period for 2013, and some details about the next generation Corvette.
Orders for 2013 C6 Corvettes will only be taken for 9 months because the Bowling Green Plant will be shut down for up to six or seven months to prepare equipment for the production of the new C7 Corvette model. Dealerships that plan to sell a large volume of C6 Corvettes during its last production year are also being advised to stock up so they have enough inventory to carry them through the Bowling Green shut down while they wait for the C7.
Additionally, the letter informs dealers that if they want to have a shot at getting a C7 allocation, they must agree to “invest in special tools and training for the dealership’s personnel” to meet the needs of C7 Corvette buyers.
For all the details, check out Autoweek’s full story here, and the original post on Corvette Forum here.