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.
“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.