During the GM Engineering Seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, preliminary production data for 2009 was released. Most interesting is the total 2009 model year production through April 21, 2009 which stands at 15,237. This is the lowest amount of Corvettes produced in a single model year since the 9,752 Corvettes built during the first year of the C5 Corvette in 1997 and 20,000 less than the 35,000 Corvette built in 2008. Also included in the report is the penetration for exterior colors as well as some of the more popular options.
|CC3 – Transparent Roof||17%|
|C2L – Dual Roof Pkg||13%|
|MX0 – 6-Speed Auto Paddle||67%||82%|
|F55 – Selective Ride Control||10%||34%|
|Z51 – Performance Package||37%||28%|
|U3U – Stereo/XM/Nav||27%||47%||77%|
|NPP – Dual Mode Exhaust||47%||57%|
|QG6 – Sparkle Silver||30%||15%|
|QG7 – Polished||17%||13%%|
|QX1 – Competition Gray||7%||3%|
|Q9V – Chrome||46%||57%|
|Q10 – Z06||10%|
|Q8A – Chrome||56%|
|Q6A – ZR1 Sterling Silver||20%|
|Q6B – ZR1 Chrome||80%|
As many of you know, 2009 will be the last year for Victory Red and Atomic Orange. Victory Red is being replaced by Torch Red, however Atomic Orange will not be replaced when production ceases on the 2009 Corvette. With the highest penetration of just 5% on the Corvette Coupe and just 2% of Corvette ZR1s wearing Atomic Orange, its easy to see why that color is being phased out.
During the Day 2 walk around at the Museum, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said the Corvette ZR1 is on pace for about 1,400 units this year. Despite the assembly plant shutting several times this year, Tadge said GM continued to have suppliers manufacture and bank those critical parts needed for ZR1 production, so that when the assembly resumes after the plant has been idled, those critical parts are available.
National Corvette Museum