2020 Chevy Corvette production delayed, UAW strike to blame

Mid-engine Corvette buyers will need to wait a little longer.

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Although the UAW-GM strike is in the past, its lingering effects have robbed the mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray of a 2019 launch. A Chevrolet spokesperson told Roadshow on Wednesday that the 2020 Corvette will not begin production until February 2020.

“As you can imagine that was delayed in time for not only the tooling, but the training at the plant … due to the UAW strike,” the spokesperson said. The UAW-GM strike left the automaker’s plants without workers for well over one month.

Originally, the first production 2020 Corvette models were scheduled to reach eager owners by the year’s end. When asked if March was a reasonable date for when we’ll see the cars reach owners, Chevy’s spokesperson hinted it “could be.” Without a firm answer, we’ll have to assume a late winter or early spring delivery window.

It’s not clear if this shift affects the Corvette Stingray Convertible; the drop-top, mid-engine Corvette was supposed to begin production in early 2020, as well.

A report from this past October first sounded the alarm about a mid-engine Corvette production delay. Then, Chevy stood by its original timeline of a late-2019 production start date for the 2020 Corvette, as the report cited two sources claiming the work stoppage left some C7-generation Corvette orders outstanding.

Chevy also confirmed that C7 Corvette production is officially finished at this time. “C7 production has also ended, just recently,” the manufacturer’s spokesperson said. “It was scheduled to end earlier this fall.”

The final production car from the previous generation was sold for millions of dollars this summer ahead of its manufacturing. Now, the plant will need to prepare for C8-generation Corvette production. The retooling and an idled period was originally scheduled for sometime during the UAW-GM strike. When workers walked off the job, it tossed the production schedule out the window, it seems.

Chevy has accepted preorders for the mid-engine sports car for months now, but those who’ve put their name down will need to wait a little while longer. The good news? UAW-GM workers are locked into their new labor agreement for four years, so no need to worry about any other labor-related hiccups, Corvette fans.

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2019-11-06 19:06:00 – Source: cnet.com