Koreans Won't Be Able to Buy the New Corvette
It’s hard to find a reason to suspend the sale of the current-gen Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Packing 460 horsepower and capable of zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, it’s an intoxicating ride and arguably one of the best Chevrolets of all time. But South Korea has found a reason not to import Chevy’s American thoroughbred – noise pollution. “The launch of the seventh-generation Corvette is being delayed indefinitely due to Korea’s regulation on automobile noise,” noted Sergio Rocha, president of GM Korea at a recent Chevrolet track day event at South Korea’s Yongin Speedway. “Although such regulatory stance may benefit the industry in the short run, I wonder if that’s something that should be in place for a long time.” RELATED: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a 650HP race car for the road
Rocha continued with the C7’s bleak outlook by adding the Corvette’s meager import rate into the country. “Korean car makers are selling cars by 300,000 to 500,000 a year in America, only 12 Corvettes are imported to Korea a year.”
In addition to seeing that the Corvette meets all of South Korea’s safety and emissions criteria, an import plan of only a dozen to two dozen cars per year looks gravely dismissible. Though bowtie fans living in Korea might be treated to another American staple, the new Chevrolet Impala. While it’s certainly no C7, the commanding Impala is a step up from Chevy Korea’s Malibu and Cruze.
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