2020 Corvette Stingray Carbon Fiber Aero Kit Removed From Options List8
Those 2020 Corvette Stingray buyers who selected the optional Visible Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package (RPO 5VM) may have recently received some rather unfortunate news from Chevrolet.
The automaker has begun notifying customers that the 5VM package for the 2020 model year Corvette Stingray and Corvette Convertible has been cancelled due to a supplier issue. The $4,850 exposed carbon aerodynamics package proved to be more popular than General Motors thought and, according to Corvette Blogger, the supplier hired to manufacture the kits could not meet the demand. The package has already been removed from the online configurator for the new mid-engine sports car.
Some lucky buyers will receive the Visible Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package on their 2020 Corvette Stingray or Convertible, however, as the supplier has already shipped a select number of the kits to Bowling Green Assembly. All hope is not lost for those who won’t receive the kit, either, as it will eventually be available through GM dealers via the Chevrolet Accessories catalog. The kit will also qualify for GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile warranty if it is installed by a certified dealer. The 5VM kit is already Limited Promotional Option (LPO) which means it is installed by the dealer before the customer takes delivery of the car, so ordering it from the parts counter after purchase isn’t much different than ordering it from new.
Corvette Blogger also says the black Carbon Flash Painted Ground Effects Package has been removed from the list of available options for the 2020 Corvette Stingray. The kit was already labeled late availability, so Chevrolet may have received an influx of orders when it became available, further affecting the supply and demand issue for the kit. It is expected to return to the options list in the coming months, however, whereas the 5VM package may not be seen again until 2021.
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Source: Corvette Blogger
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Hey GM, maybe you need to sign up better Suppliers then.
What a Joke
The issue with this was, and I have it first hand from the supplier himself is the target number of kits he was told he needed to make was only a third of what actually ended up being ordered, and did not have the ability to keep up on the painting side of the process, which is why the carbon flash kit never entered the order guide and the exposed kits still needed clear coating causing delays with those.
I can see that. But the main point is how did GM miss the Target that badly.
Find a supplier that can handle the Volume then.
You really have to understand production and how most times it can go right and at time one small thing can be a major set back.
This is an issue with all production. I see it all the time but it normally is not noticed due to the low profile of many new products.
The mass production of Carbon Fiber is new. They are working in new ways to get production to be faster. If things are not right best to delay it vs sending out carbon parts that will come apart or discolor.
You understand production ???
Once again GM dropped the ball when it comes to the C8.
It’s good enough mentality…
I understand BULL $HIT.
I used to have some respect for you now , not sure,
You sound more and more like a used car salesman…
The vendor was more than capable of handling the projected volume he was initially given, unfortunately that estimate was very far off of what reality was and he could not magically more than triple his output.
Carbon fiber is hard product for many to come by. Those that have it on every car are paying a lot for it. I use to work for place that sold Carbon fiber and its always very hard to get and keep in stock. We actually limited how much a customer could by. Not surprising to hear this at all.
I have owned 10 corvettes going on 11 now. You General Motors? CORVETTE DIVISION need to really really test the CORVETTE before you bring it to the consumer. I mean how can you put this car for sale??? Cracked wheels, hood popping up while driving and defective brakes and who knows how many more gliches will appear. I KNOW THAT I COULD DO A HELL OF ALOT BETTER TEST DRIVIING YOUR CORVETTES FOR SURE!!!!!. You have a senior citizen woman who does this so how about a senior citizen male who has logged well over a MILLION miles in your CORVETTES. I would love to see the check list you have for your production of the CORVETTE. Some one has surely dropped the ball on this for sure. Can anyone tell me how I can get to test the CORVETTE before production for I’am ready willing and well able to do the testing seriously.