It was just two weeks ago that Chevrolet issued a memo to its Corvette dealers outlining the new dates for the start of 2020 Convertibles for July 20th and the push back of 2021 SORP (Start of Regular Production) to November 3rd. Since that announcement, the Corvette Assembly Plant has restarted 2020 production. While the production line is moving slower than normal right now, frankly, we are just happy that it’s moving at all.
On Thursday, a new memo was sent out to dealers showing a pushback of dates for the start of 2020 Convertible production as well as the start of the 2021 model year. Those new dates are now listed at August 20th for the Convertible start-up and November 23rd for start of 2021s:
This is where things start to get weird. After some Chevy dealers posted these new dates to Facebook and the Forums to update their customers and the market, we heard through second-hand sources there was pushback on these dates from some of those within the Corvette Team as being incorrect. To which we say, if they were incorrect, then why were they sent to dealers in the first place?
On Friday morning I reached out to a member of the Chevrolet PR team about the graphic and was given the following response:
The dates that you have in the attached are the latest we advised to our sales organization. Those dates can change as the Bowling Green plant is still ramping up from the COVID-19 shutdown.
It’s a given that production details of America’s favorite sports car are subject to change based on supply lines and other factors as manufacturing attempts to recover from the Coronavirus shutdowns, and we have no issues with the new dates if that is what they are. But in this case, it appears that “one hand isn’t talking to the other” at GM and that’s bad news for Corvette buyers when dealers are unable to issue guidance to their customers based on information supplied by the company.
The flip side to the story though is that Chevrolet doesn’t exactly know the production rate for the rest of the year or when individual order projected build dates will happen until it the assembly line is back to speed. Within the dealer memo, it says these remaining production questions will be answered in mid-to-late June.
As the Tom Petty song goes, the waiting is the hardest part. For you 2020 Corvette buyers with a status of 3000, you Corvette will most likely be built for the model year. When it will be built is another story.
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