The 2020 Corvette won't be quite as rare as we'd expected.
Once upon a time, Chevrolet had planned to build some 20,000 Corvettes for the 2020 model year, before a UAW union strike delayed the start of production in Bowling Green and a global pandemic forced the plant to shut down several months later.
Now, it looks like Chevrolet might get close to that target after all. Despite previous reports that 2021 Chevrolet Corvette production was starting up at GM's Bowling Green Assembly, a new report maintains that GM has made the decision to extend 2020 production until the end of the year, in theory giving the automaker enough time to meet its original 20,000-unit target.
This new report comes from Corvette Action Center, based on a memo that Chevrolet reportedly sent out to its North American dealer network which announced its intention to extend 2020 production through December. The 2020 car had been scheduled to end production in early November, but that's no longer in the plan.
For those who had placed an order for a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette only to have those orders rolled over into 2021, the news is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it means those customers will get exactly the car that they ordered - unless they ordered the carbon fiber splitter and side skirts, which were discontinued for 2020 due to supplier constraints.
Yet on the other hand, it means that those customers will miss out on the handful of upgrades headed for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. Those upgrades include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new exterior color and stripe options, and a buckle-to-drive function that forces the driver to buckle up before they can shift out of park. The 2021 car also offers magnetorheological dampers as a standalone option, rather than requiring customers to option the Z51 Performance Package.
GM's Bowling Green Assembly builds Corvettes at a rate of 800 cars per week, meaning the automaker could theoretically put out another 9,600 or so units by the end of the year - nearly half of its original 20,000-unit target.