The 2020 C8 Corvette is without a doubt one of the most significant cars out in the ether today. Regardless if you are a fan of the model or not, America’s sports car has recently undergone its most dramatic transformation since its inception in 1953. This total redesign has Corvette fans and mid-engine exotic sports car buyers alike chomping at the bit to get their hands on the car, but Chevrolet has just confirmed that they are going to have to wait a while longer, because of the UAW.
Motor Authority was the first to break the story that the 40-day UAW strike would delay the production of the eighth-generation Corvette, which General Motors has now confirmed with Motor1. According to Chevrolet, production is not slated to begin until February 2020, with deliveries of customer cars following after that.That is a delay of two months when compared to the December production timing usually aligned with a mid-summer debut.
Rumors about this delay started almost immediately following the UAW authorization of the strike back in September, though GM refused to comment on specifics at the time. Then in early October, customer who had ordered a C8 Corvette of their own began to notice their target production week dates were getting further and further away.
As if dealing with unhappy customers is not stressful enough, there is still no word from Chevrolet regarding their plans to auction off the first 2020 C8 Corvette for charity in January. Proceeds from the auction are currently slated go to the Detroit Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization that supports the underfunded public schools in the Detroit area.
While we are sure that at the end of the day this whole UAW strike situation won’t be a big deal in terms of the mid-engine Corvette’s expected sales, it is certainly not the look that General Motors was hoping to give off with their evolved version of America’s sports car.
Aside from the GM strike, federal prosecutors are have been charging UAW officers with corruption, embezzlement and other crimes for the past year or so, with the latest being union president Gary Jones himself.