The public’s response to the all-new 2020 Corvette C8 was immense and immediate, with fans everywhere voicing their enthusiasm. Buyers have been eager to plunk down their cold, hard cash in a bid to secure their own personal example of the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette, but now it looks like the order books for the 2020 model year have closed, with orders for the 2021 model year opening in May.
The news comes courtesy of a message that GM recently sent to dealers, which was posted to the enthusiast website CorvetteForum.com.
“Due to an overwhelming response to the all-new 2020 Corvette and to avoid false customer expectations, it will be necessary to suspend the ability to create a sold order (SRE) beginning March 18, 2020,” the message reads. “This does not prevent you from processing existing sold orders (SRE) within allocation, nor creating and processing a normal stock order (TRE).”
The message goes on to acknowledge the launch delays incurred during the six-week work stoppage experienced during the extended UAW strike of 2019. As a result, some 2020 orders, “sold or stock may not be produced as planned,” the message indicates.
The message goes on to say that 2021 Corvette Ordering Capability will be deployed 30 days ahead of schedule on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. “The purpose in advancing the 2021 Model Year ordering is to enable you and your existing customer to create a replacement 2021 Model Year order,” the message says. “Further information will be forthcoming from Chevrolet regarding the handling of sold (SRE) 2020 Model Year that we will be unable to accept, and the creation of a replacement 2021 Model year sold order.”
It should also be noted that GM recently announced a temporary suspension for all North American production in response to the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, a move which will also affect 2020 Corvette production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky.