Where else did they come from?
The order books have now closed for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. Those who missed out for the C8's first model year will have to wait for 2021, or perhaps 2022 if demand remains high and issues with suppliers continue. With the 2020 model year now over, the final production numbers have now arrived following last week's news regarding how customers equipped their cars.
.According to GM Authority, a total of 20,368 C8s rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The breakdown between coupes and convertibles was 16,787 and 3,581, respectively. However, not all of those vehicles were delivered to customers in the US. A total of 18,577 remained stateside while the difference went elsewhere. Where, exactly?
The data indicates 1,490 units went to Canada, or 7.3 percent of total production, 139 were shipped to Mexico (0.7 percent), and 162 went all the way to the Middle East (0.8 percent). All told, 91.2 percent of all 2020 C8s produced remained in the US. Given these figures, the new Corvette is an extremely rare sighting in those other markets.
In Mexico, for example, there's currently just one 2020 convertible. The Middle East and Canada had slightly more drop tops with 37 and 270 examples, respectively. America, meanwhile, saw 3,273 convertibles delivered.
The coupe, quite obviously, was far more popular with a total of 15,304 sold in the US, 1,220 in Canada, 138 in Mexico, and 125 in the Middle East. Production for the 2020 Corvette got off to a difficult start because of a five-week-long UAW strike. A few months after that was settled the coronavirus pandemic struck which forced automakers across the world to shut down factories.
Fortunately, they have since adapted to the new pandemic reality and production lines are rolling again. In fact, production for the 2021 Corvette is due to get underway on December 8, 2020, just a little over a week from now.