GM confirmed to multiple publications today that the Corvette C8 won’t begin to roll off the production line at Bowling Green Assembly until February of 2020. Before the strike, production of the new mid-engine sports car was supposed to commence in December, with early orders set to be fulfilled before the end of the year.
Amid the UAW strike, we reported that buyers who were originally set to receive their cars in December wouldn’t receive them until mid-to-late January, with production beginning in early January. Now, with production not beginning until February, those buyers will have to wait even longer to receive their vehicles. It’s unclear when first customer Corvette C8 deliveries will now begin.
Workers at Bowling Green Assembly returned to work late last month, but GM is still fulfilling orders for the Corvette C7, so work on the Corvette C8 is still a long way off. Bowling Green Assembly communications manager Rachel Bagshaw previously told local Bowling Green ABC affiliate WBKO the plant would undergo “some launch-related downtime,” between the weeks of November 18th through December 6th to retool for the arrival of the Corvette C8.
The exact reason for the further production delay isn’t known, though Autoblog says Bowling Green employees need time to learn new production processes before customer cars can be built. We imagine January will be spent learning and perfecting said production processes before cars start to roll off the line in February. As we mentioned above, GM plans to re-tool Bowling Green throughout the last two weeks of November and first week of December.
We’ll continue to bring you updates on the situation at Bowling Green as more information comes to light.