The highly anticipated 2020 Corvette will reportedly be delayed by the ongoing UAW strike.
The United Auto Workers union strike that’s been going on for four weeks now will cause delays in the production and the launch of the C8 Corvette.
According to people familiar with General Motors’ production plans, the American manufacturer can’t catch up the production of the 2020 Corvette as well as retooling the plant.
The Bowling Green assembly plant was set to start production of its new sportscar in late 2019, as reported by a GM spokesman to Detroit Free Press.
“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.”
Unfortunately, the plant must undergo a tooling change in order to build the now-mid-engined Corvette. That change is supposed to happen when the production of the C7 will be finished. Sadly, the plant has yet finish to fulfill orders for them.
That being said, the strike entered its fourth week yesterday and is costing GM heaps of money. CNN reports that General Motors lost $660 million so far during the UAW strike. Furthermore, according to Anderson Economic Group, a Michigan research firm specializing in the auto industry, the carmaker could be losing up to $90 million a day right now.
Source: Detroit Free Press