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.
Director of @GM assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Kai Spande, drives past striking workers in his 2020 @chevrolet #Corvette as his workers walk picket lines demanding fair wages & health insurance. #OnAssignment for @reuterspictures #GMStrike @UAW @2164uaw #UAWStrike pic.twitter.com/oktezai5bh— Bryan Woolston, Photojournalist (@woolstonphoto) September 30, 2019
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.
Non-striking @GM employees arrive at work driving @chevrolet #Corvettes through @UAW picket lines of striking hourly wage workers in Bowling Green, Ky. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green. 📷: @reuters @reuterspictures #gmstrike #UAWStrike #unionforall #refile #edit pic.twitter.com/sN71KLjV1c— Bryan Woolston, Photojournalist (@woolstonphoto) September 17, 2019
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.
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