Due to the coronavirus, the planned Spring Mountain event won't go ahead this month.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to negatively impact the motor industry - and not just when it comes to new product reveals. Now, a Corvette sales specialist who was getting ready for Corvette Dealer Sales Academy Sessions later this month in Spring Mountain was just informed by GM that the event has been canned in light of the spreading virus. The frustrated employee posted a message about his disappointment on Corvette Forum, making it the latest snag to affect the C8 after an earlier supplier issue for a popular option.
"I got an email today from GM telling me my March 23, 24 Corvette Dealer Sales Academy Sessions were canceled," said the post by Corvette ED. "The letter says that due to the coronavirus, GM Human resources have decided to cancel all Corvette training for the month of March. This really sucks!"
The news comes just a day after we found out that Cadillac had canceled the unveiling of its Lyriq, the brand's first-ever EV. With the 2020 Geneva Motor Show also a no-go, many manufacturers will have to get creative with online reveals to keep product interest and momentum going. For Chevrolet dealers and employees who need training in order to sell and service the C8 Corvette, it's not quite that simple.
According to Corvette Blogger, a GM spokesperson said that "out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled the Spring Mountain dealer training through the end of March. Our top priority is the safety of our dealers and employees." Ultimately, the impact will spill over to Corvette C8 owners who obviously need qualified dealers to either purchase from - or service - their cars.
"I booked airfare, [a] rental car and three nights in Vegas," continued Corvette ED. "I guess I have to wait and see when they start training again?" For now, there's no word on when that will happen, but we can't blame GM for taking these precautions, which it says is based on information from the World Health Organization.
Let's just hope that it doesn't result in a serious setback for the Corvette Stingray C8. With its supercar looks, blistering performance, and a relatively affordable price, it's a car that deserves to succeed.