Last week, GM Authority spoke to representatives from the automaker at the debut of the 2020 Corvette Convertible, who indicated the launch of the new mid-engine sports car would not be affected by the strike, but a new report from The Detroit Free Press says otherwise.
According to two anonymous sources who spoke to the newspaper, GM still has leftover orders to fulfill for the seventh-generation Corvette C7 and has yet to even re-tool the Bowling Green Assembly plant where the sports car is built in order to produce the much different Corvette C8. It cannot continue building the Corvette C7, nor retool the plant, until UAW workers return to their job posts.
“I know for a fact that this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production for the mid-engine Corvette,” one of the sources, who allegedly works at Bowling Green, told The Free Press.
In a statement, GM told The Free Press that it could not yet confirm if the arrival of the 2020 Corvette Stingray will be pushed back by the strike.
“As we’ve previously stated, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production begins in late 2019 and convertible production follows in late first-quarter 2020,” the company said. “It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage.”
Just under 50,000 UAW-represented GM workers walked off the job on September 16, grinding the automaker’s U.S. production lines to a halt. Its Mexican and Canadian plans have also been affected by the ongoing work stoppage.
On Friday, the UAW released a statement that appeared to indicate it was making progress with GM, but then on Sunday said the talks had broken down. GM is reportedly refusing to budge on keeping its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan open and will not re-open Lordstown Assembly, either. Detroit-Hamtramck, which builds the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala, is set to close down in January, while Lordstown, the former production site of the Chevrolet Cruze, was shuttered in March of this year.
We’ll bring you more information on the purported delayed arrival of the 2020 Corvette Stingray as it becomes available.