Long, Cold Winter Ahead for Would-be C8 Corvette Owners

Chevrolet Corvette aficionados who plunked down deposits to secure a new C8 will have to wait a little longer than expected to take ownership of their latest ride.

According to Motor Authority, General Motors has confirmed that the recently ended strike by UAW-affiliated General Motors workers delayed the start of C8 production in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Initially, it was expected that some buyers would receive their C8s before the end of the year, or at least sometime soon after New Year’s. Now, Chevrolet spokesman Kevin Kelly claims production will kick off in February. Vehicles should start rolling into driveways not too long after that. The automaker’s website shows availability in “early 2020,” though the soft-top variant, expected after the hardtop model, may see a similar pushback.

A few weeks’ worth of old-generation, front-engined C7 Vettes have yet to emerge from Bowling Green before the plant can temporarily shut down. With the last C7 gone, retooling deferred by the six-week strike will commence.

As you’ve read here, the C8 Corvette’s entirely new layout and skin is a polarizing presence in the auto world, but an attention-grabbing one nonetheless. It’ll be interesting to see if early demand for the model continues into later model years.

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