By on November 6, 2019

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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7 Comments on “Long, Cold Winter Ahead for Would-be C8 Corvette Owners...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    Something good did come out of this strike it appears.

  • avatar
    SilverCoupe

    Well, unless they live in a warm weather climate, they likely would not be driven in the winter anyway.

  • avatar
    JMII

    They still have to build around 700 C7s. I never believed the C8 was showing up until spring. I warned a co-worker that put a deposit down that it would be a long wait… now it appears to be even longer.

    Now I think the base car comes with all season tires but previously the car (and the Z51 version) only came with summer tires so unless you live far enough south Corvettes generally only get used 1/2 the year. This makes sourcing a low mileage example much easier. Since I live in FL I get to drive year around. Ironically when everyone else putting their toy away is when my track days increase as the weather is finally getting away from our normal just-too-darn-hot that runs from May thru October.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Part of me really wants to know how many change orders (after engineering freeze) made it through because of this delay. [Given some of the issues we heard about earlier, I would wager that the figure is greater than zero.]

    • 0 avatar
      Lokki

      I think that this delay could be a really good thing for the C8, if GM took advantage of the opportunity the strike gave them.

      Two extra months of development time are exactly what the car needed (needs?).

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Good.

    Pathetic automatic trash.

  • avatar

    Shoddy design job. Creativity was on strike any way.


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