A user on the Facebook page ‘C8 Corvette Convertible’ claims the Chevrolet sales manager overseeing the order for their car was on a recent GM conference call addressing the production timeline for the 2020 Corvette Stingray and 2020 Corvette Convertible. GM allegedly told dealers that it has extended the production window for 2020 model year C8 Corvette models and plans to fulfill orders for the car throughout 2020. The Bowling Green Assembly plant is expected to come back online along with the rest of GM’s plant on May 18th or sometime shortly after.
The 2020 model year Corvette C8 was originally slated to enter production last December, but the 40-day UAW strike pushed the start of production into late January. The automaker was then forced to shut down the Bowling Green Assembly plant once again in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic after producing less than 2,700 examples of the mid-engine sports car. These two unique scenarios mean GM is way behind on 2020 Corvette production at this time, but it seems as though the automaker will continue producing the vehicle until late in the year and fulfill more orders before pivoting to 2021 Corvette production.
There are more good signs for those with a 2020 model year Corvette on order, too. As The New York Times reported this week, GM’s aluminum casting plant in Bedford, Indiana has been running at limited capacity for the entire COVID-19 shutdown. The Bedford plant supplies critical aluminum chassis parts for the C8 Corvette. This could mean the Bowling Green Assembly plant will not experience as severe a parts shortage when it comes back online as it otherwise might have. It also serves a sign that GM has been trying its hardest to ensure 2020 Corvette production remains on track despite the pandemic.
It seems likely that GM will not be able to produce all 2020 model year Corvette C8 models that it had previously planned to, but at this point, it’s almost certain that more 2020 Corvette Stingray models will roll off the line at Bowling Green and that 2020 Corvette Convertible production will begin this year at some point.