The C8 Corvette will conquer the world with right-hand drive and a stand-alone sub-brand

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will tempt 75 countries and territories that drive on the left side of the road, but it won’t be sold under the Chevy brand in all of them.

The C8 Corvette will be sold just as the Corvette, without Chevrolet in the name, in the one market where it makes some sense. That market is Australia, where the Corvette is debuting in 2021 in right-hand-drive form. That’s right: The Corvette will be built in a postal delivery-friendly form for sports car enthusiasts Down Under for the first time ever. And even though it will be sold through Holden dealerships, it won’t be badged Holden or Chevrolet, Australia’s Motoring reports.

As much as we’d love to see the C8 Corvette badged a Holden, just to marvel at the lion badge on the frunk, the marketing move makes some sense. 

First, the car itself is actually going to be sold through a certain number of Holden and HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) dealers, but not all of them. Second, the Australian market only gets the Z51 package and is expected to be quite pricey as is, even though Australia won’t get the Stingray model, Motoring reports. Third, the car already doesn’t have Chevrolet badges, except for the emblem within the flag logo. The logo is staying, so this approach isn’t all that significant when it comes to interior details. Finally, the name Corvette has been strong enough internationally to stand on its own for some time, even though in most countries people still know it as the “Chevrolet Corvette.”  

The major departure here is the car not being rebadged a Holden like used to happen to just about all GM-built models built globally and exported to Australia. This move is due to GM’s expected desire to preserve the C8’s American character, rather than gluing a Holden badge on the car. 
 

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

If you look closely, you can see the Corvette flags slightly hidden in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette’s headlight assembly.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

There’s a lot going on with the new Corvette, but here’s a chance to slow down and take in some of its finer points.

The larger significance here, of course, is the Corvette being built in right-hand-drive form for the first time. This makes it more suitable for export to countries where it has never been a big player, such as the U.K., Ireland and Japan, as one expects, but also India, New Zealand, large parts of the Caribbean, numerous countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia and large parts of Southeast Asia. In total, the new Corvette is suited for 75 countries and territories where traffic keeps on the left side of the road. They’re not all big supercar markets, but the U.K., India and Japan alone have well over a billion people combined, making the case for privately importing a C8 Corvette a better proposition than it used to be, even if there isn’t a Chevy dealer in the country. Indeed, the C8 is expected to join the left-hand-drive Camaro in Japan’s Chevrolet dealerships, where it has been offered alongside the C7.

The biggest question with the right-hand-drive Corvette might be which foreign market develops the biggest taste for the new model? We have a feeling that’s a question GM is also anxious to answer. 
 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has no shortage of buttons and screens but lacks a manual transmission. Though, you can still control gear changes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 
























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