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GMSV to sell Corvette in RHD around the world

Despite production delays in North America, we’re told the new GMSV brand will sell the Corvette C8 across the globe in right-hand drive markets.

THE NEW GMSV brand is readying to sell GM products in markets around the globe – not just Australia – and as we understand, the Corvette C8 is firmly in the plan for right-hand drive still.

Although COVID-19 has hit carmakers around the world and lost revenue will see a delay and change to some planned model launches, it is understood that the right-hand drive Chevrolet Corvette C8 for Australia is going ahead.

A recent report from US publication Hagerty loosely suggested the development of RHD Corvette has stopped, with a leaked document allegedly showing GM’s executive director in charge of program management, Michelle Braun, ‘pausing all future car and truck development’.

This has led to speculation that the Corvette will at best be severely delayed for Australia, but that it’s also a likely binned project. However, as Practical Motoring understands from a source directly linked to General Motors in Detroit and with knowledge outside of Australian Holden and HSV dealerships, the Corvette C8 for Australia will go ahead. And GMSV will also be the brand in some unique overseas markets.

Further possible confusion has come from a division between Holden dealers with preorders on Corvettes and GM’s stance for refunding or if they are to be transferred ‘somewhere’. This is likely something that will be resolved soon with the imminent formation of General Motors Special Vehicles (GMSV) which is understood to be going ahead in Australia to replace HSV. This brand will sell current products like the Chevrolet 1500 and as we’re told, future products such as the C8 Corvette.

As Practical Motoring understands, GMSV will service right-hand drive markets, including Australia, Japan, and the UK where right-hand drive production slots have already been reserved. For countries such as New Zealand, Japan, and the UK, it is understood that GMSV could process orders and boutique importer/exporters in the country will handle the delivery. Locally, in Australia, this process will logically be handled by existing HSV dealerships sitting under a GMSV banner.

On to pressing matters, according to our source, “development work on the Corvette for right-hand drive is as good as done,” and, “It’s hard to see why it wouldn’t be offered in Australia and to countries already with right-hand drive orders now,” they said.

It is understood that work has been mostly completed and readied for right-hook models, with emissions calibration on the 6.2-litre LT2 V8 a potential hang-up that the Hagerty report alluded to, but a small hurdle in the greater scheme of the production schedule. Export models are predicted to go into production next year prior to a RHD production run on the same line.

Historically, production volume for the Corvette has been around 30,000 units per year, with hundreds of pre-orders – potentially more – already taken across right-hand drive markets. As our source explained, the equation to press ahead with right-hand drive production makes more sense than binning development which has already taken place. It is also understood that GM has not entertained conversion from left to right-hand drive.

The only proviso on production is the timeline, which at best, we’re told, will be Q3-2021 if semi-regular production resumes as anticipated for GM North America in May this year.

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Ross Spurling
Ross Spurling
3 months ago

Forgive the skepticism, but GM is walking away from the Aussie market, and not supporting RHD platforms ( their words, not mine ). Therefore, why would they make the Corvette, factory RHD? A lot of BS comes out of GM I suspect. A lot of life long GM fans are seriously disgruntled down here in Australia

David G
David G
3 months ago

Having read the article twice, I’m still not sure if the cars will come RHD from the factory, or converted from LHD in Australia.
If the former, didn’t GM say a few months ago that they were abandoning the RHD market, world wide, which lead to the demise of Holden?
I’m confused.

Derf
3 months ago

So basically these vehicles like Camaro will be converted and butchers from LHD to RHD.

YEAH THAT WORKED SO WELL FOR CAMARO WHICH HAS SOLD LIKE THE CRAP THAT IT IS

if it’s not from the factory them forget about it, it’s a waste of time

ryan
ryan
3 months ago

DERF *** your one real sad mother ……

Kym
3 months ago

The C8 is coming in factory built RHD, to Australia and the rest of the RHD World.
GM already has the tooling and suppliers in place.
When GM said they are leaving RHD markets, they literally meant the deeply invested businesses they were operating in those markets, that were not financially viable because of the high concentration of costs in a small sales market, like Holden.
GMSV frees them to focus on boutique sales, without the drag of deep local industry overheads.
So, it is not if, but only when.

Andrew Lane
Andrew Lane
3 months ago

Holden died with the VF2 so I don’t know why people carry on so much. As the owner of 2 VF red lines (1 made on the 2nd last day of production), HSV R8 Tourer LSA, XR8 Sprint and a 1500 Ram I’m GM’s target market.
I think the prospect of converted specialty GM is exciting. I’ll buy a Corvette when they get to the ZR1 etc. I’d never by the euro junk they had in the end. Love Aussie Holdens, time to move on.

David Pickford
David Pickford
3 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Lane

The other option may we’ll be that GM ship all the RHD components to GMSV and ship cars here for GMSV to convert with the LHD parts shipped back to GM. It won’t give us a $140,000 C8 but maybe we’d hit under the $200k mark which still leaves it well in front of the European exotics price wise at least.

Camry driver
Camry driver
3 months ago

Any diesel manual option? Awd? 4 seats?

Alex Rae

Alex Rae