The C8 Corvette already feels like it has been with us for some time now, in no small part due to the constant attention it receives from fans and the media alike. While this attention is certainly warranted, C8 buyers will be the first ones to remind you that the sports car has yet to enter production, in no small part thanks to the UAW strike that took place last year. While it is understandable that the longest strike of its kind in 50 years has delayed the Corvette’s production, we now have some more bad news for 2020 C8 Corvette buyers.
It now appears that the 90-day stall at the Corvette Plant caused by the UAW strike has changed GM’s timetable on the C8, with the automaker intending to cut 20 percent of allocations for the 2020 model year. This information comes from a video uploaded to YouTube by Mike Davenport, a sales rep for Bachman Chevrolet in Louisville, Kentucky.
Cutting back on 20 percent of allocations is a serious move by General Motors, and certainly one that goes against their original intentions for the C8 Corvette’s first sales year. In plain speak, If your local dealership had 100 allocations for the C8 Corvette, they may now only receive 80 of those cars.
No matter how this plays out, some people who have ordered a 2020 Corvette will not receive their car, but this isn’t the first time this has happened with a new Corvette.
Back when the C7 launched, GM experienced lower production numbers that they had estimated for the car’s first year in 2014. This similarly delayed a number of buyers allocations for the car, after which they were first in line to place orders for the 2015 model year. Chevrolet even delayed a second year price increase to accommodate those who missed out on getting their new sports car when intended. Chevrolet could do the same thing for the C8.
Production for the 2020 C8 Corvette is slated to start on February 3rd, with the 2021 model year starting on September 1st. If you have a C8 on order right now, be sure to call your dealer and check in on your order status.