We already had heard that the UAW strike had delayed wrapping up production of the C7 Corvette and the beginning of production for the C8, but now that’s done we’re getting word of just how bad it is. If you’re one of the fortunate ones to be at the head of the line for a C8 Corvette, don’t expect to be driving it before the end of the year, which was the original plan.
It’s trickling through the automotive news outlets and soon the mainstream press that GM Bowling Green Assembly won’t be ready to start churning out C8s until February 2020. That means the new mid-engine Chevy Corvettes won’t start arriving at dealers until at least April.
Understandably people are upset, but the UAW strike affected more than Corvette production. Some GM dealers have been panicking about the possibility of running out of certain popular models, particularly trucks and SUVs.
There’s no word if this production delay in Bowling Green means the Corvette Stingray Convertible will also be pushed back. Work on that version of the C8 was supposed to commence in early 2020.
C7 Corvette production is set to wrap next week. Then the retooling process for the factory will begin about the same time some owners were supposed to be taking delivery of their new C8.