Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Starts at USD 273,000 on Chinese Gray Market

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China may be the largest automotive market in the world but boy oh boy does the country’s legislation know how to stand in the way of motoring happiness - among other difficulties that stand between the Chinese and the joys of owning a car is the pricing.
There are many great nameplates that haven’t made it to the Chinese market yet, at least not in an official manner and the Chevrolet Corvette is one of them. Sure, you can get a Stingray if you want one, but you’ll have to turn to the grey market.

This means the Corvette’s pricing is pushed through the sky, with its “sticker price” placing it straight into Italian supercar territory, if we are to make a comparison with what you would have to pay for a ‘Vette in the US. The cold, hard Chinese reality means you’ll have to pay about five times more to live the American dream.

As Carnewschina writes, Corvettes (with average options) sitting in grey market dealer’s lots can treat you with prices such as yuan 1.73 million, which, at the current conversion rates, can be translated into USD 282,000 or EUR 214,000. For instance, the starting price for the Stingray in China sits at yuan 1.68 million, not to far from the aforementioned value.

Not only does the bang for buck aura of the Corvette get torn to pieces, but the sheer notion of paying that much for a car that others can grab for much less brings a completely disturbing set of feelings and emotions.

With all the pollution issues, the Chinese authorities, which otherwise impose a lot of regulations when it comes to foreign carmakers, have no interest in seeing such offering flourish, so if an automotive producer decided to skip a model, like GM did with the Corvette, you’ll either pay or stick to a desktop wallpaper such as the one we provided above.
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