2020 Corvette: Not the Limited-run Car Chevrolet Expected

2020 corvette not the limited run car chevrolet expected

Things change, and things fall apart. Both of these truths can be applied to best-laid plans, but they ring especially true for those of General Motors.

GM might have wanted 2020 Chevrolet Corvette production to run uninterrupted from late last fall through this summer, but a series of ever-larger crises managed to keep its production numbers down to a trickle. The result is a first-model-year run so small, it’s almost guaranteed to make every 2020 ‘Vette sold a de facto Launch Edition model.

As reported by Consumer Guide, an interview with Bowling Green Assembly plant manager Kai Spande reveals less than 2,700 new C8 Corvettes rolled off the line for the 2020 model year. After delays in the model’s development and a fall labor strike that left GM plants empty of workers (and the mid-engined ‘Vette’s production start pushed back to the winter), the coronavirus arrived to mess things up even more.

The Bowling Green plant turned out the lights on March 20th after about a month and a half of C8 production. Chevrolet stopped taking orders before that. The company has said it will begin taking orders for the 2021 model in late May.

Speaking to Motor Authority, brand spokesman Kevin Kelly said Chevrolet has built 2,700 Corvettes for the current model year, adding that, once the plant resumes production (GM said Wednesday that May 18th is the target date for a countrywide restart), some further 2020 C8s will roll off the line. As for just how many more 2020 models it expects to build before the switchover, Kelly wouldn’t say.

Perhaps some of those yet unbuilt C8s will be the convertible variant, which was expected to land sometime this model year. After production shut down on account of the pandemic, it was noticed that the drop top didn’t seem to exist anywhere.

While the 2020 Corvette is destined to become a rare sight (Corvette production normally tops 20,000 units per year), its scarcity will only be valuable to the owner who’s looking to sell. And soon.

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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on May 08, 2020

    ...Corvette production normally tops 20,000 units per year... First year runs are often near double that amount.

  • GenesisCoupe380GT GenesisCoupe380GT on Sep 28, 2020

    The last thing Chevrolet should be worried about is competing with supercars when the Silverado is in third place for the second year since its redesign

  • EBFlex "I've only filled the gas tank three times in 2500 miles"Assuming you went from 0 gallons to full (17.2), you have averaged almost 50MPG over those 2500 miles. 50 MPG in a Jeep Wrangler. To all of you EV nut jobs, tell me again how PHEVs are not the absolute best thing to happen to automobiles since the wheel. And tell me how they don't make EVs look like the awful play toys that they are.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird The Buick 215/3.5-liter aluminum V8 was one of GMs great engines. Unfortunately GM being GM in one of their greatest mistakes was selling off the tooling to BL. If they kept it around and improved upon it it would have been a fine motor for their compacts and midsize models through the OPEC oil crisis.
  • Chris P Bacon Not sure why a '21 is getting reviewed, because there have been improvements to the 4xe. I've got a '22 4xe Sahara. May 2022 build in High-Velocity yellow with a soft top. As soon as it was announced I knew I wanted to try it, not for the fuel mileage, but for the technology. I don't have a Level 2 charger, it charges fully overnight on the included Level 1. I see an indicated range of 27 miles regularly. Today it indicated 29 when I unplugged. I've only filled the gas tank three times in 2500 miles, a full charge costs me about $3 based on my current electricity supplier. I don't experience the rough transitions between electric and gas, so maybe Jeep figured it out? It's stupid fast when using all the power off the line. So much so that it will break the rear wheels loose when you stomp on it. I agree that plugin hybrids are the future. I see no need for a pure electric. This is the way to go.
  • RHD The word B R O N C O written in contrasting paint on the dashboard is quite unnecessary. The passenger certainly knows what kind of vehicle he or she is in. That detail is a big fail. The red and white Bronco looks great, especially with tires that have honest-to-goodness sidewalls on them.
  • Luke42 Aren't those trim levels just different colors of paint?That's what they sound like, at least. 🤷‍♂️