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The United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors is affecting a high-profile product, the long-awaited mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. Citing inside information from unnamed sources, the Detroit Free Press said today that production is going to be delayed because of the strike.

General Motors, through a spokesman, reiterated to C/D that Corvette production is scheduled to begin later this year, with Corvette convertible production starting toward the end of the first quarter of 2020 and said: "It's too early to speculate on potential production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage."

The Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant where the Corvette is built had been scheduled to start production of the 2020 Corvette in late 2019 but must complete existing orders for the C7 Corvette before retooling the plant to start on the new model. The paper quoted an unnamed source familiar with Bowling Green operations as saying, "I know for a fact that this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production" for the new model.


UAW workers went out on strike at 11:59 p.m. on September 15. Although the two sides have made attempts, talks have "taken a turn for the worse" in the past few days, the UAW said in a statement quoted by the New York Times.
 

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I don't know how this is news. If they are on strike and not working then the vehicle would be delayed, that's not hard to figure out. I saw this in the press too and couldn't figure out why anyone would feel the need to report it unless they think the Vette buyer is too dumb to figure it out...
 

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24-hour news has to fill the space with something, and if they can make the mundane sound tragic then it is so much the better. It is fairly unique timing in that the strike timing and duration are such that an anticipated vehicle launch has been delayed.
 

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At this rate, the last batch of C7’s will be 2020 models as well. :/


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At this rate, the last batch of C7’s will be 2020 models as well. :/


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my 99 GMC is actually a leftover 98 Sierra renamed a Sierra Classic because the NEW 99s weren't ready... makes it a bit confusing to buy parts sometimes...

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Fun fact I learned at the Corvette Museum many years ago: there was no 1983 Corvette.

Well, there's ONE, in the museum. Apparently there were a lot of issues going from the C3 to C4 that delayed production.

 

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When I was at Kettering (GMI for the old-timers around here,) there was a C4 buried in the basement of one building under a mountain of garbage and literal paperwork. Allegedly it was one of the 1983 pre-production models, though I never investigated it thoroughly enough to substantiate said claim.

It disappeared during the GM bankruptcy, along with a EV1 and at least one other mystery car, both in similar condition.
 

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The UAW is ratifying the new contract in many plants around the country, so the C8 will start production in the next month or so.
 

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Maybe. C7 backlog, US holidays coming up...
 

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There are only 600 C7 to be made and that can be done with 2 shifts in a couple of days.
 
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