This morning, General Motors released news that Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January 2016, and last month was the company’s best January sales performance in eight years. GM’s retail sales increased 9 percent year over year with total sales up 0.5 percent. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Corvette brand.

Last month, 1,501 Corvettes were delivered from the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant. That's a 39% drop in production from the 2,453 units built in December 2015 and a 29.4% drop in production from the 2,127 units built in January 2015.


Monthly Corvette Delivery Statistics
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Total
2016 1,501 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2015 2,127 2,605 3,785 3,469 3,514 2,807 2,794 2,725 2,572 2,526 1,952 2,453 30,876
2014 2,261 2,438 3,480 3,514 3,328 2,723 3,060 2,679 2,467 2,959 2,378 3,552 34,839
2013 908 980 1,053 974 905 853 671 655 831 3,929 2,527 3,005 17,291
2012 629 927 1,376 1,396 1,219 1,475 987 1,210 1,351 1,167 1,104 1,291 14,132
2011 721 955 1,163 1,454 1,304 1,299 1,291 936 1,147 946 910 1,038 13,164
2010 854 624 955 1,089 1,428 1,405 1,199 1,135 1,109 1,011 836 979 12,624
2009 842 1,027 1,183 1,407 1,643 1,396 966 746 1,585 1,154 952 1,033 13,934
2008 2,015 2,071 2,692 3,190 2,904 2,082 1,870 4,242 2,318 1,170 1,093 1,324 26,971
2007 2,234 2,784 3,158 3,227 3,300 2,377 2,377 2,877 2,837 2,484 2,438 2,914 33,685
2006 2,579 3,058 3,655 3,516 3,317 2,938 2,794 2,990 3,056 2,761 2,773 3,081 36,518

Given the time of year and the strong winter weather conditions experience through much of heartland this season, it's safe to assume that this could be the reason behind these sluggish sales numbers.

Source: General Motors