The fastest, most powerful, standard Corvette in history debuted this morning as Chevrolet marked its best ever sales year.
The seventh generation Corvette boasts 450 hp and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than four seconds.
Around the world, Chevrolet is expanding its reach, noted Mary Barra, GM global product development chief, with 60 percent of brand sales now coming from markets outside the U.S. The company had its best sales year ever in 2012 with more than five million vehicles sold.
“Globally, a new Chevrolet is sold every 6.4 seconds,” Barra said. Twenty new Chevy models will be launching globally this year including the Spark EV and new Silverado pick-up truck in the U.S.
Turning to the Corvette, Barra said it has been almost 60 years to the day since the launch of the original model and the new version earns the rare distinction of carrying the Stingray name.
Mark Reuss, GM North America president, remarked that the latest Corvette is a radically new design, sharing virtually no parts with its predecessor.
“It is even more new than the original Corvette which borrowed parts from other cars,” Reuss said. “The car is a technological tour de force with world class interior craftsmanship.”