Long Overdue Update

Long Overdue Update

Topics Covered:

Allocation

Our January allocation was, in fact, zero.  While this is never a number we want to see in our order cycle, it does soften the blow to know that we were not the only ones left out this month.  Rumor has it that other top-volume Corvette dealers were not allotted any cars either which gives us the impression that the factory is either trying to make up time lost to the tornado & the holiday break or give low-volume dealers a higher priority for this cycle. 

According to our communications from GM, the factory has been operating at full capacity since 12/22/21.  They even broke a single-day production record earlier this month, which could potentially indicate a quicker turnaround time for production moving forward.

22 Model Year Build Out

GM is beginning the ’23 model year far earlier than normal. There are 2 remaining order cycles for the ’22 model year- one in February and one in March.  

The ’23 Order guide will not be released until after the final order cycle, so if you are one of the few that may wind up on the model year bubble, there will be no definitive information to leverage your decision on. 

Even though we do not know how many orders we will be able to submit in these final cycles, it is important for you to be as prepared as possible.  This is especially true if you are under #100 on the ‘Stingray Waitlist“.  

Submitting your ORDER FORM is sufficient until I contact you to finalize your order. If you are unsure if you’ve sent in a build, just send another. 

* When the order cycle begins, I will email the order we have on file along with all of the important details.  Those who do not make it into one of the final cycles will be automatically transferred to the next model year.  No action is required until the new options list is released.  Production of ’22 models is tentatively scheduled to end in early May.   

Constraints

These options are unavailable for the remainder of the ’22 model year.  They could remain on restriction moving into the ’23 model year, but we will find out when we begin ordering.

Engine Appearance Package, incl. Carbon Fiber trim & lighting $995

Engine Appearance Package

This option is for the COUPE only. It includes the carbon fiber plates on either side of the motor as well as the LED lights above. This is a supplier-based constraint so it will be unavailable until GM partners with a new supplier to produce it. There are, however, aftermarket companies that produce this component now and it can be retrofitted on coupes with the standard wiring. RPO code: ZZ3

High Wing Spoiler- Carbon Flash Painted $1,250

High Wing Spoiler painted in Carbon Flash

A freeflow option for any trim level and body style, this popular accessory is no stranger to limited availability. There is no timetable for estimated return to the order guide. If the constraint is anything like it was in previous model years, there will be availability through the parts department before the factory opens it back up for ordering. This component can be added to your car at any time so it is advised that we remove it from your order prior to submitting for production. No action is required on your part until you are contacted for official order submission to the factory.

23 Model Year Start up & Key Dates

All of these dates are tentative and subject to change.

Dealer Order Guide: 3/21

Order entry availability (For the GM system and this website): 3/24

Production Start-Up: 5/9

First Order Cycle: 2nd cycle, March. (roughly the 31st)

 

Z06 Updates

We expect to get ordering details for the Z06 concurrent with the 23MY dates above. Here’s what we know now:

The Z06 will not be a separate allocation group.  We do not know exactly how it will be handled, but our speculation is that it will be posted as a constraint. 

Here is an example to simplify the concept:

Lets say, we are allocated 30 Corvettes for the order cycle.  In our constraints section, we may be allotted 5 Z06’s.  So we will order 25 Stingray’s (from the Stingray waitlist) and 5 Z06’s (from the Z06 deposit list). 

Do not think that this will become an opportunity to choose which model you want at the time of order.  There will be absolutely no list jumping.  Our process has many built-in checkpoints both internally and customer-facing that document the desired deposit list at the time it is placed.  

Website Updates

I broke the order form late in December so in my overzealous attempts to fix it, I found myself at a point where the only solution was to revert the whole site to a previous backup so the last month has been a combination of getting the pages back up as well as the order form pictures.  I have a lot of ideas for the website moving forward, but my primary goal this year, which so far I am not doing great with, is to post more frequently and to have much shorter bulletins.  I get so tied up with the day-to-day operations, appointments, a never-ending email inbox, and unscheduled visitors that I lose sight of the effectiveness that a short snippet can offer.  

Strawberry Festival

Ticket sales for the Strawberry Festival Corvette Giveaway raffle are live!  See details in the link below. There is also a link on the home page. 

Available C8's

We have had a fair number of preowned C8’s come through our inventory.  Check the “Used” section on www.stingraychevrolet.com for details and to inquire about availability.

Stats Central

Deposit lists

Stingray- 795

Z06- 747

Future Variant- 216


Allocation

Total for 22MY (so far)- 149

Average monthly allotment for the model year- 21

Average monthly sales for the 2021 calendar year- 26

National ranking in Corvette sales for 2021- 6

21MY total- 250

21MY avg per month- 36

Wrap up

We will continue to do everything we can do to push for more Corvette allocation.  Despite all of the obstacles we are still running a 12-14 month delivery turnaround from deposit.  Hard to say how that will fair moving forward but I assure you that my top priority is to get you into your new Corvette as soon as possible.  Feel free to leave comments if there are any topics you are curious about that I have not touched on and I am always open to suggestions on how we can improve our process and the website.