The final winter installment of the North American International Auto Show won't play host to the first mid-engine Corvette.

That's according to a report from GM Authority. The publication, after seeking official comment from Chevrolet, was told that neither the brand's car nor its crossover teams had any reveals slated for the show.

Chevrolet continues to deny the very existence of the C8 Corvette, though, there is always the potential for this to be a clever ruse. Or just a regular ruse. Okay, a lie. But with no industry-standard months-long teaser campaign (suddenly the whole industry is Sting), the report has the whiff of credibility to it.

Despite Chevy's denials and radio silence, the wealth of patent filings, spy pictures, and CAD drawings we've seen so far lead us to believe that the C8 is nearly ready for its triumphant debut. With the first Corvette having debuted at the 1953 New York auto show, GM Authority suggested that this year's show might be a fitting place to launch the first mid-engine Corvette.

As for Detroit, Cadillac is expected to launch the 2020 XT6, and that seems like about it for GM. Ford should be launching the GT500 and Toyota the Supra, so maybe Chevrolet doesn't want those classically named front-engine sports car taking attention away from its classically named mid-engine sports car.

[source: GM Authority]