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The 2020 Corvette Already Had a Short Lifespan, And Coronavirus May Have Sealed Its Fate

C8 Corvette Convertible
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If you’re one of the extremely lucky few that took delivery of a 2020 Corvette Stingray, you may want to wrap that thing up and put it in a time capsule to flip several years into the future. Because, according to the plant manager Kai Spande of the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant, where the C8 Corvette is built, less than 2,700 of them made it off the line before the Detroit-based automaker brought all of its American vehicle production to an abrupt, yet necessary, halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Corvette Stingray already saw a significant production delay as a result of the UAW Strike that took place for over 40 days in the fall of 2019. Moreover, GM has confirmed that the 2020 model year mid-engine Corvette would only be produced for seven months, before production was halted because of the novel coronavirus. As a result, production of the 2020 C8 Corvette Convertible may have to get punted to the 2021 model year.

C8 Corvette Convertible
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According to an interview Spande did with Rick Conti, he didn’t know for sure when production could begin again for the C8 Corvette. Moreover, he wasn’t certain if the C8 Corvette Convertible that was revealed last fall will be able to roll off the assembly line before the official changeover for the 2021 Corvette Stingray. The only comment was that it’s “too early to say.” Additionally, Spande hopes to refresh his plant workforce so that they can build the best mid-engine Corvettes possible.

But let’s be honest, all signs point to the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible being canceled, shifting to the official start to the 2021 Corvette Stingray instead. Ultimately, customers could be better for it, as the 2021 model year will introduce a few new features that just weren’t ready in time for launch. These include magnetic ride control as a standalone option, wireless Apple CarPlay, new stripe patterns, and new paint colors.

The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has so far infected nearly 530,000 Americans at the time of this writing, and killing over 20,460 people. Due to this severity, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have collectively taken exceptional measures to not only halt their manufacturing of vehicles, but to also manufacture everything from level 1 face masks, to producing ventilators on an unprecedented scale, and everything in between such as face shields and respirators.

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.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

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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