- Chevrolet has expanded the number of dealers eligible to sell the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
- Chevrolet's remaining 2,100 dealers have been invited to order the redesigned sports car.
- When the Corvette Stingray went on sale in September, Chevrolet limited sales to approximately 900 dealers.
DETROIT — Chevrolet has expanded the number of dealers eligible to sell the 2014 Corvette Stingray, inviting its remaining 2,100 dealers to order the redesigned sports car.
However, not all of Chevrolet's dealers are expected to participate.
When the Corvette Stingray went on sale in September, Chevrolet limited sales to approximately 900 dealers, essentially those dealers that accounted for about 80 percent of Corvette sales volume. A dealer had to sell at least four Corvettes during calendar 2012 to be eligible.
"They are (now) all eligible and it is up to them to decide if they want to participate," Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran told Edmunds.
Chevrolet has approximately 3,000 U.S. dealers.
"However, as a dealer, you have to agree to specific criteria that includes sales and service training requirements," Doran said.
All dealers have to meet the same requirements, including a one-and-a-half day training session at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. The program costs $2,000 per attendee, excluding travel expenses.
Through the end of November, Chevrolet has sold approximately 7,000 Corvette Stingrays.
Doran said Corvette Stingray distribution will be limited, based on an allotment program created for each participating dealer that includes sales volume. He would not say how many Chevrolet dealers eventually will be selling the Corvette Stingray.
"It really depends on where the dealer is," he said. "Some dealers are in markets where there is not a huge demand for a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, high-performance car.
"Even if they don't have huge numbers for Corvette, they may want to get one just because people want to see it. It is an opportunity to get people to come into the showroom, obviously to see the new Stingray, but also to see all the other products in the lineup."
Edmunds says: Good news for car shoppers throughout the U.S. who are itching to get their hands on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.