According to MidEngineCorvetteForum.com, an employee on Chevrolet’s live chat service told one of its members, who has a low VIN for their 2020 Corvette Stingray order, that the target production week (TPW) for the car is now the third week of January. GM had initially said the TPW for the vehicle would be December 2nd, 2019. Other members on the forum who had TPWs in early December have reported that GM has not given them a production start date earlier than January 20th as well.
This is hardly surprising, as the UAW strike is currently in its fifth week and shows little sign of coming to a conclusion anytime soon. The plant has yet to even begin to retool for production of the mid-engine Corvette C8, as it still has orders to fulfill for the Corvette C7. Obviously, Chevrolet cannot continue building the Corvette C7, nor retool the plant, until the UAW returns to work.
Earlier this month, GM released a statement reiterating that 2020 Corvette Stingray production was planned to commence in late 2019, with the 2020 Corvette Convertible expected to start rolling off the line in January. At the time, it said it was “too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage,” though with the strike still ongoing, it doesn’t seem very likely it will be able to stick to its initial TPW timeline.
Further evidence of the revised TPW dates is available via New Jersey’s Kerbeck Chevrolet—the world’s largest Corvette dealership. The earliest production date on the dealership’s order tracking page is indeed January 20th and all orders have been assigned event code 3000, which is reserved for orders that have been accepted by GM production control. According to MidEngineCorvetteForum.com, early orders had previously been assigned event code 3300 for cars that have been scheduled for production, but those have now been rolled back to code 3000. Furthermore, only one of Kerbeck’s 111 displayed orders has a TPW for January 20th, with all others now scheduled to begin production sometime in February.
Production could be pushed back to later into 2020 if the UAW strike continues for much longer. The union is adamant that GM assigns new products to Lordstown Assembly and Detroit-Hamtramck, among other demands, but GM is refusing to re-open the Ohio plant or keep the Michigan plant open. Lordstown shut down in March, while Detroit-Hamtramck will shut its lights off in January.