The mid-engine sports car will also be badged as a Chevrolet Corvette and not as a Holden as some earlier reports speculated. Holden will offer the cars for sale through Holden dealerships and Holden will control the marketing of the car throughout the country.
While Chevrolet has attempted to sell its models to RHD markets previously, consumers will no longer have to be responsible for converting the cars themselves to RHD as they had to do with imports of the C7 Corvettes.
“Like anyone with a hint of petrol in their veins, we were glued to our screens watching the reveal of the new Corvette,” said Dave Buttner, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden. “The news that Corvette will now be built in right-hand-drive for the first time ever – and will be exported to Australia – is hugely exciting for our team at Holden and any Australian who loves high-performance cars.
Chevrolet had a somewhat bumpy ride in getting the Corvette crossed-flags logo trademarked in Australia and the automaker faced a protracted process that took several years to receive approval.
Holden will share further details about Corvette in Australia at a later date. Although no pricing has been announced, Aussie-based automotive website CarAdvice has spoken with Holden dealers who have indicated that the MSRP could range from $100,000-$150,000.
It does seem appropriate for the new Corvette to be sold at Holden dealerships as the very first C8 mid-engine mule was built in 2013 from a combination of the Holden Ute and its flagship Commodore V8 sedan. The original mule was named “Blackjack” and it survived the development process and was shown to journalists during the reveal.
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