That message indicated that 2021 Corvette ordering capability will be deployed 30 days ahead of schedule on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. The GM note said 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,” as some customers may not receive their 2020 model year car due to production delays, or may decide to not take delivery of it if the wait is too long.
The same memo also indicated that “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.”
Additionally, GM was forced to close down the 2020 Corvette order books early due to the demand for the new mid-engine sports car and the various setbacks it has experienced in ramping up production of the car.
“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 GM note also said.
A few changes have already been announced for the 2021 Corvette, including the addition of a Stingray R graphics package, new interior colors, new paint color and stripe options as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Last year, rumors surfaced that GM was going to raise the base price of the 2021 Corvette from the $59,995 price tag of the 2020 model-year car. It’s not clear if the price will actually go up, or by how much if it does, and GM has not commented on the rumors at this point.
The Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky will restart production of the 2020 Corvette next week after a two-month shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GM has not made any 2020 Corvette Convertible customer cars to date, but it plans to begin building the drop-top cars starting July 13th.
UPDATE: following the publication of this article, we have received messages from several Chevrolet dealerships confirming that they are unable to officially order the 2021 Corvette at this time, despite the originally planned on-sale date of May 21st. In addition, we have reached out to General Motors for clarification on the matter, but have yet to receive a reply. We’ll update the article as soon as we obtain more information.
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