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UAW STRIKE MAY AFFECT CHEVROLET SEMA 2019 PLANS: EXCLUSIVE

Various SEMA Concept Builds Are In Danger Of Not Being Completed In Time

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MC&T has first received word that various Chevrolet concept cars and pickup trucks for the highly anticipated 2019 SEMA Show are in jeopardy of being incomplete by the time the show kicks off on November 5, less than a month away. According to our own intelligence gathering, the UAW strike is also catching independent SEMA builds in the crossfire, with various parts “not being available” during the standoff, according to those affected. It’s currently unclear if the UAW will picket the event.

One source has said that the UAW strike is “affecting everything” related to parts building, shipping and receiving, while various labor teams part of the union have walked out on the job.

C8 Corvette

“It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts of any of our SEMA builds due to the UAW work stoppage,” according to a GM spokesperson who spoke to MC&T, without getting into specifics. But with the UAW strike in its fourth week, and talks reportedly souring, there doesn’t seem to be much of an end in sight as it stands.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is set to be on display at the show, and with several performance car and truck announcements that have happened so far this year, the bowtie brand would likely be planning several special editions and concepts on display for attendees to gawk over. Aside from the updated Colorado ZR2, Chevrolet has revealed the 2020 Silverado HD, and the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray this year. Enthusiasts have been anticipating an early look at the various performance parts, accessories and various storage solutions that Chevy plans on rolling out for the latest versions of these iconic nameplates.

Chevrolet also puts on its own SEMA Design Award contest, where builders are recognized for showcasing high-end builds that are based on Chevy products, which must display the bowtie logo. The winning vehicles will be hand selected by Chevrolet designers, and the builders will be presented a special trophy of a 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray. But considering that these projects are encouraged to feature various Chevrolet Performance parts, accessories and crate engines, the UAW strike may affect this process, too.

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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