Thank the great recession for the destruction caused in Corvette production volume in 2009. It hurt all brands, but clearly sports cars with their discretionary nature were hit even harder. A total of only 16,956 Corvettes rolled off the end of the assembly line for the 2009 production model year falling by more than half from 2008 volume of 35,310 units. In good news, 2009 saw the introduction of the 638 horsepower ZR1 which was an absolute beast.
2009 Production Volume by Model Variant
Coupes still proved to be the most popular model ordered with 51.5% of total production and a total of 8,737 units made (down from 20,030 units in 2008). Convertibles made up 19.7% of the volume with 3,343 units produced in 2009 (down from 7,549 units in 2008). There were also 3,461 Z06 cars produced (down from 7,731 units in 2008), making up 20.4% of total production. The ZR1 made up 8.4% of total production with a total of 1,415 units produced.
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2009 Production Volume by RPO Code & Colors
Below, we have broken out the 2009 Corvette production builds by RPO codes and options so you can see how popular or rare certain options were. The production volumes are broken out by domestic coupe and domestic convertible builds. Z06 and ZR1 options are combined together (the way Chevy breaks out the reports).
Black was the most popular exterior color with a 21.6% of Corvettes produced. Cyber Gray (a new color for 2009) was selected on 18.3% of all Corvettes and was the most popular color chosen for the combined Z06/ZR1 model according to the table below. Victory Red as always performed well and was chosen 13.2% of the time.