January was a big month for Chevrolet fans as it heralded the hotly anticipated launch of the Corvette C7 Stingray (2014). Nobody having seen this vehicle can honestly say that it lacks style. It looks fantastic.
However it’s fair to say that despite this, many fans gave the 2014 Corvette mixed reviews. Some fans absolutely adored it; others were practically devastated with the change to the forever Chevy circular taillights. It sounds like a small gripe but some die-hard Chevy fans really took this deviation from the norm very much to heart.
Interestingly, it seems Chevrolet has been aware of how their fans may take this change to said taillights when it has been put forward as a design change in the past. The Corvette went from the early eighties to the late nineties without having a complete redesign which is very unusual in the vehicle market.
One can only presume from this that Chevrolet was sticking with the great adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and were also aware that any major cosmetic changes may cause a minor revolt from die-hard fans.
This is further evidenced by the initial designs for the revamped ninety-seven model. These designs were thrown out be Chevrolet but if you look closely; something is startlingly familiar.
Yes, you guessed it; the circular taillights have reverted to a much more square shape. So is it the case that Chevrolet thought we weren’t ready for this in ninety-seven but the 2014 Corvette occupies a different playing field?
To take this point one step further, some observant folk have pointed out that it appears Chevy have taken the inspiration for the less than circular taillights from the Camaro, which has proved to have undergone a popular redesign. To go further with this still, would it therefore by out of the question to suggest that the Camaro design was originally inspired by design proposals that hit the cutting room floor way back in ninety-seven?