According to a Corvette Forum poster, who goes by the username CorvetteED, GM sent out emails this week to those were set to attend the upcoming Corvette Dealer Sales Academy Sessions at Spring Mountain, notifying them of the cancellation.
“I got an email today from GM telling me my March 23, 24 Corvette Dealer Sales Academy Sessions were canceled,” the poster said. “The letter says that due to the coronavirus, GM Human Resources has decided to cancel all Corvette training for the month of March. This really sucks!!!”
“I booked airfare, rental car and three nights in Vegas,” the person added. “I planned on going out from Pennsylvania on Friday the 20th and stay Friday/Saturday in Vegas. Sunday/Monday at Spring Mountain and then Tuesday night back in Vegas and my plane left at 10 a.m. Wednesday. I guess I have to wait and see when they start the training again?”
A GM spokesperson confirmed the cancellation to Corvette Blogger, saying the company “canceled the Spring Mountain dealer training through the end of March,” and that its “top priority is the safety of our dealers and employees.” Some sales reps were set to attend Corvette Dealer Sales Academy Sessions in April, but GM has not said if these classes will be canceled as well.
While this will certainly be upsetting for those salespeople who were excited to get some hands-on time with the new mid-engine Corvette C8, it’s not surprising to see GM cancel the event. The automaker has already suspended its North American production and is expected to shutter its plants in Brazil before the end of the month. White-collar GM workers are also being encouraged to work from home if possible.