ZR1′s Initiation into the Middle East

Corvette ZR1Though shipments of the Corvette ZR1 were said to be limited to over sea countries of the Middle East, the Royal Bahraini family will be the very first to receive the gorgeous sports car. The family is famous for their notoriety and wealth within the oil business. With oil as a main source of wealth and power there, General Motors may be stupid to NOT open their doors to Middle Eastern customers who are ready and willingly able to pay the price for a brand new 2009 ZR1.

So maybe Fadi Ghosn, Chief Marketing Officer at GM Middle East, had it all wrong when he said that, “This year, a limited number of vehicles will be available in the region…” What are your thoughts? Do you think the ZR1 has the potential to grow big overseas, especially within the regions of the Middle East?

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  1. Dave S. says:

    I currently live in the Middle East. My question is “Define big?” Will there be a ZR1 under every sunscreen? Or in every underground garage? I doubt it. This area is fairly saturated with luxury, exotic, and high-performance sportscars, primarily from Europe.

    The ZR1 will find a tight market alongside the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bentleys, Maseratis, etc. All of the major players are already well established in this region.

    Will the ZR1 sell? Absolutely. The oil-rich Arabs will buy it, but not in record numbers. They may purchase enough to make a sales presence feasible, but I doubt the sales figures themselves will cause celebrations back in Detroit.

    Still, Arabs do like V8s. They love horsepower. This is despite the fact that they do not know how to drive. Nor, do they want to learn HOW to properly handle a vehicle. Speed kills a lot of young Arabs here. It will be dismaying when we start seeing ZR1s wrapped around palm trees, upside down in ditches, or scattered in pieces on the roadside.

    Still, sales is the reason GM exists. They will sell ZR1s in the Middle East — just not in eye-popping amounts.

  2. Bobby Arkus says:

    ZR1 Middle East? Why, they will just make a mockery of the the car, spinning its wheels without care or love of the car.

    Lets face it, the car is an americian car designed for americians, lets not have it thrown around like a rag doll.

    Arabs abuse their cars, and at the reasonable price the ZR1 will be compared to a LP640 or whatever, they are sure to ‘rip it up’ in the Americian car while their lambos sit on the sidelines away from the abuse.

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