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2020 CORVETTE PRODUCTION EXTENDED JUST AS PLANT SHUTS DOWN NEXT WEEK

The 2020 Model Year Corvette Will Be Built Through The End Of The Calendar Year, Despite The Latest Hiccup

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It seems like every month since the 2020 Corvette Stingray has been in production there’s some sort of obstacle that the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant has to overcome. This time around it’s once again being cited as “supplier issues,” which otherwise means that, once again, there’s a lack of parts. Notifications have been sent to various employees notifying them of the delay. In effect, the C8 will not be built the week of October 12. It is expected to resume by October 19, per Corvette Blogger. However, there’s actually good news to report in regards to the 2020 Corvette.

According to Corvette Action Center, the 2020 model year Corvette will see its production extended further than anticipated, going through December 2020. However, it’s unclear what will happen with the schedule of the 2021 model year Corvette at this time. The upside is that the longer timeline the 2021 Corvette has, the more ready GM and its suppliers will be to launch the product. In theory, anyway.

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CAC notes that the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corvette factory builds 800 units per week. Mathematically, with 12 weeks left in the year, another 9,600 2020 Corvettes could become available. Minus next week’s shutdown, and likely a bit during the holidays, the final production number by year’s end will likely end up well below that.

Earlier this year, Chevrolet was forced to drop the popular 5VM carbon fiber aero kits and High Wing for the 2020 Corvette due to supplier issues. For the 2021 Corvette, these options are expected to return. Pricing for the 2021 model year C8 Corvette Stingray remains largely unchanged, save for a $995 uptick in the popular Z51 package. Customers will also be able to order the FE2 magnetic ride suspension system without the need to order a Z51 package. In the paint department, Red Mist Tintcoat replaces Long Beach Red, and Silver Flare is a no-cost color option.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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