- November 19th, 2014
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Corvettes Remain Popular in Texas and California
We recently posted an articles on Corvettes in Texas and their popularity throughout the state. While Texas may own the largest Corvette following, California certainly gives the state a run for it’s money. One might argue that the two states are the most populous and therefore makes it an easy conclusion that they would have the most Vette owners and fans. However, when comparing on a percentage basis, these two states have a disproportionate leaning towards Chevy’s flagship muscle machine. Today we’ll look at California’s place in the US marketplace for Corvettes.
Why Californians Love Them
When looking for a used Corvette for sale in California, it’s easy to see the the selection is certainly there. The pristine weather throughout the state lends itself to a fast paced culture that loves the speed and thrill of a curve hugging sports super car. Throwing the convertible top back or opening up the targa top is a year round occurrence in California, and that makes these cars wildly popular. Its no secret that spending wildly out on the west coast is a trademark trend (never mind the piles of debt throughout the state) and that factor makes the high prices of these beloved sportscars far from being the deterrent they are in other states. In California image is everything, and the Corvette does not hesitate to flash its style and power when cruising the highway. Thanks to the weather, the spend first culture, and the emphasis on maintaining an image – the Chevrolet Corvette remains wildly popular in California.
Could Vettes Lose Their West Coast Market?
There are also some drawbacks in California that may be holding back it’s popularity in comparison to Texas. For one, luxury taxes and gas prices in California can be offsetting to those wanting to maintain some responsible spending habits while owning a hot car. Additionally, emissions and MPG standards in the state are constantly pushing Chevrolet to innovate in ways that will keep the car practical in the state. Keeping the big V8 engine pushing out jaw dropping performance while meeting gas and emissions standards may at some point hit a breaking point where smaller turbo charged engines are required to keep the car selling in CA. This has even been rumored in the past but never came to fruition with the C7 generation. One final note to consider is that theme of “smaller is better” has taken serious growth in California, as opposed to the “bigger is better” mantra in Texas. Could this ideology one day lead to decreasing sales in the state? It’s certainly a possibility.
The Future in CA
In conclusion, California remains a pinnacle market for Chevrolet when it comes to their top car. Even with possible buyer deterrents in the state, the car will likely remain wildly popular for years to come. C7 sales have remained strong and the used market is as fluid as ever. Its obvious….Californians love their Corvettes!