GM Strike Means C8 Could be L8

If you’re waiting with bated breath for your 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, you might want to go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. By all of this we mean the current UAW strike and by blow over we mean that the C8 will be late to market as a result of the strike.

The Detroit Free Press cites “two people familiar with GM’s production plans” as saying that the automaker will need to delay starting production of the new Corvette. That’s because it needs to catch up on production of the current car before retooling the plant for the new model. As long as there’s a strike, GM can’t do either.

C8 production was expected to start later this year, with cars set to arrive with customers shortly thereafter. The Free Press said that a GM spokesperson said “as we’ve previously stated, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production begins in late 2019 and convertible production follows in late first-quarter 2020. It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage.”

The original plan was to idle the plant this week and next week for the retooling. Which the Free Press‘s source says can’t happen because they still need to build C7s. Of course, depending on how many orders need to be fulfilled, it might be easier to funnel those late C7 buyers into early C8s should the labor action go on for too much longer.

Detroit Free Press