The UAW strike is taking its toll.
It's been in the cards for a while now, but a new report from the Detroit Free Press claims production of the 2020 C8 Corvette will definitely be delayed. The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike has just entered its fourth week after contract negotiations failed, and have been costing GM an estimated $10 million per day so far. Now the strike is going to delay the production and launch of the new Corvette as GM struggles to catch up on the production of the current generation before retooling the factory in preparation for the new model to be built.
The new Corvette was scheduled to start production later this year at GM's Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky. However, the strike has left some C7-generation Corvette orders outstanding, and building those means the planned shut-down and retooling of the plant for the mid-engined Corvette can't take place this week.
"As we've previously stated, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production begins in late 2019 and convertible production follows in late first-quarter 2020," said a spokesman for GM. It's too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage."
According to the Free Press though, a person familiar with operations at Bowling Green Assembly said: "I know for a fact that this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production for the mid-engine Corvette."
There's been no official date for the end of the previous generation Corvette's production, but according to a dealer: "They [Chevrolet] were supposed to start production in the first part of December and that's still a ways away."
As of now, there's no end to the UAW strike and, according to the UAW, GM has failed to respond to the latest UAW proposal. According to other reports on the talks, things like job security, health care, and profit-sharing are still points of contention.