Strike Will Delay GM’s Much Anticipated 2020 Corvette Stingray

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GM Strike Will Delay 2020 Corvette Stingray Production


We’ve waited 66 years for a mid-engine Corvette.

Now it looks like we’ll be waiting just a little longer on the 2020 Stingray.

That’s according to reports published Monday in the Detroit Free Press.

The newspaper says it has learned from two sources that the ongoing UAW strike will delay production and launch of the new mid-engine Corvette.


Officially, a spokesman for GM says, “As we’ve previously stated, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production begins in late 2019 and convertible production follows in late first-quarter 2020. It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage.”‘

One source tells the Free Press, however, that “I know for a fact that this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production for the mid-engine Corvette.”

The Bowling Green assembly plant reportedly still has 600 of the seventh generation Corvettes to produce once the strike is settled and workers return to work. The plant was originally slated to undergo a tooling change for the C8 this week and next week, then begin production of the 2020 mid-engine cars late this year.

“That can’t happen because the plant hasn’t finished production of the current generation Corvette,” one source told the Detroit newspaper.


About 46,000 UAW workers went on strike nationwide at GM on Sept. 16. Details of a new contract proposal submitted by General Motors to the UAW on Monday morning are unknown, as the strike entered its fourth week.

The union is seeking a stronger guarantee that GM will build traditional vehicles, as opposed to electric or autonomous cars, in U.S. plants, a person close to the negotiations told the Free Press. GM CEO Mary Barra has touted an all-electric future and more self-driving cars as the best path for the company, which would transform primarily into a technology company that makes cars.


Source:
Detroit Free Press

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Ok come on GM, your workers helped you out now it’s your turn. And as much as you friggen charge us to get any work done at the dealer you can afford it.

  2. 600 C7’s to produce? That’s about 5 days of production. Bring in the staff, turn on the assembly line and get ‘er done. Then bring in the crews to change out the tooling and ready it for the C8. By the time they finish at the end of the year the regulars will be back to work. No delays at all for the new C8 cash cow to start flowing early next year.

  3. I suspect that the remainder of the C7 production will be dedicated to fulfilling existing customer orders and not stocking the dealers with any more. Personally I would not want to be in line waiting for the first two or three weeks of production of the 2020 C8s. Just saying.

  4. Union workers make plenty of money with generous benefits, but they want more and they’re too stupid to realize when they strike, they will never make back the money they lost while on strike even with the piddly amount of strike pay they receive.

  5. My wife went to lok for a new terrain an did nt like all the electronics on the new model an we found a GMC Arcadia that still had a shift lever and the all terrain package that she likes the striking workers are right in no wanting Electric vehicles that cost more to build and run .

  6. Management runs the business and makes decisions. Workers do as trained and get paid. They are not made to work at GM and can go elsewhere if they don’t like their job. In fact, the UAW workers get paid some of the highest hourly wages in the world for their level of skill and education. They still can’t figure out why car manufacturing moves off shore. I am all for fair pay and good working conditions and the UAW worker has it all including great benefits-all in they cost GM about $75.00/hour and the car buying American public pays for it. Most people looking from the outside have very little sympathy for these highly paid, striking workers. And there union bosses seem to be going to jail for improper use of their union dues-really now.

  7. I hope the strike is over very soon, the 2020 build year will be over soon, my new car will only be a new car for a months

  8. Can’t GM just make some kind of compromise with Bowling Green? That’s where the money is at this time. If not, and my TPW of 12/9/19 is delayed, I could care less when the strike is over and I hope GM nails their balls to the wall. The workers should try making $63.00 an hour bagging groceries. For that amount GM should hire college graduates and not mediocre high school graduates that think they can walk into GM with lifetime employment and a pension.

  9. Jay, well said, completely agree with you. Unions are a relic of the past that bank roll politicians, most of whom I would NEVER vote for.

  10. It is inexplicable that GM didn’t lose these losers coming out of bankruptcy. We taxpayers and and Corvette loyalists deserve better.

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