Like the 7th-generation Corvette, do you? Think it's really nice? Just put a down payment on one? Well TOO BAD, SUCKERS, THERE'S GONNA BE A NEW CORVETTE SOON ANYWAYS, HAHAHAHAHAHA.
All joking aside, confirmation that the next-generation Corvette is already in development, from GM Vice President Mark Reuss via the Detroit Free-Press, isn't really surprising. Sure, the C7 Corvette has only been on sale for about a year, but all cars have long development times.
If you waited until even the middle of a typical car's product cycle, you'd be stuck without anything at all to sell once the car's run was completed. The C6 Corvette was on sale from 2005 until 2013, or about eight years. Assuming a car's development cycle is anywhere from five to seven years long, then right about now is probably the very latest you'd want to start development on the next generation.
Though, in all likelihood, they've at least had planning meetings for the C8 Corvette much before that.
Weirdly enough, in his interview with the Freep Reuss refused to rule out either a hybrid (gasp!) or an electric (gaspier!) Corvette for the next generation. I'm not sure I'd believe a fully-electric version, but I don't see why there couldn't be some form of hybrid version of the classic Chevy sports car.
Everyone else is doing it, so why not?
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