Pre-launch production delays meant trouble even before COVID-19.
The world is in turmoil as COVID-19 spreads, stopping manufacturer after manufacturer from producing cars in the wake of how severe the illness is an how rapidly it transmits. We've reported on numerous manufacturers shutting down production the world over, but we've now found out that those who had an order in for a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray might not be getting a 2020 model after all. This is after a communique from General Motors to Chevrolet Corvette dealers confirmed that production of the 2020 model would be cut short.
It's unlikely the delay is purely the result of the Coronavirus, and in truth, the document doesn't even mention the viral disease at all. However, the notice does cite that launch timing has been delayed as a result of the six-week work stoppage, meaning that fewer 2020 Corvettes can be built than had already been planned.
According to the document, there has been an "overwhelming response" to the all-new Corvette, but the company wants to "avoid false customer expectations", hence the limiting of 2020 models. Starting from March 18, dealers have been unable to create new orders for the 2020 model, although they are able to process existing sold orders within the given allocation. There's no word on how big or small that allocation is though, which leads to uncertainty as to whether or not those who've placed a deposit will receive their cars.
The document goes on further to state that 2021 model year orders will open 30 days earlier than planned, with the system opening on May 21, 2020. This will allow those who were unable to secure a 2020 model to get orders in for the 2021 derivative sooner rather than later. Further information will be released in due course, which should hopefully offer some clarification for those on the waiting list. The problem many may face is that prices for the 2021 model will increase, meaning those that ordered early may be asked to pay more than they'd bargained for.