C8 Corvette Production Pushed Back to Early 2020
Buyers will need to be patient.
The UAW’s strike against General Motors has cost both the company and its workers time and money since it began back in mid-September. Now, as workers have returned and production restarted, it is buyers waiting for the extremely highly anticipated C8 Corvette that will need to be patient.
Production of the mid-engined 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette was set to start before the end of this year. After that, convertibles were set to enter production early in 2020. Now, as a result of the strike, which began September 15th and ended October 25th, that production start date is being moved back into 2020, a new report confirms.
The C8 start date will be delayed until next year, as a result of the GM and UAW work stoppage, Chevrolet spokesperson Kevin Kelly confirmed to Motor Authority earlier this week. It’s now set to start in February, with cars arriving to customers soon after. It’s not clear if convertible production will be similarly pushed back, or if it can be started along with the coupes.
GM’s Bowling Green, KY plant, which builds the cars, should have been nearing the end of its retooling process by now, but instead, the plant still needs to build already ordered C7 cars, the previous-generation Corvette model. That includes the last-of-run C7, which has already sold for US $2.7 million at auction. The first C8 will also be auctioned off for charity, but that auction, announced early in the work stoppage, isn’t set to happen until mid-January at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale which was likely planned long before the labour dispute’s start.
It’s also unclear how this will affect total production numbers of this eagerly awaited Corvette. At the Corvette Convertible reveal October 2nd, GM officials said that there were still plenty of 2020 C8 order slots available. The push back of the start of production will likely reduce the total number. General Motors could extend 2020 car production to meet the backlog of orders, or could simply start converting orders to the 2021 model year. In fact, they could easily switch all the cars to be 2021s, skipping the 2020 model year, much like Chevrolet did in 1983, skipping that year over the delayed introduction of the C4 car.
Source: Motor Authority