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GM has stopped taking orders for the newly-launched 2020 Corvette Stingray since last Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. This eighth-generation trim has been iconic since its first launch in 1950. It had a mid-platform engine, unlike its previous versions that had a front-engine. Unfortunately, the manufacturer stopped taking orders due to the overwhelming response. However, the company will begin receiving orders for the upcoming 2021 models by the end of May.
The statement for the needful changes is available on the Corvette Forum email sent to the company’s dealers. This email consisted of accounts to stop taking any more orders for the current year’s model at the dealerships. The email mentioned some changes are also happening due to the United Auto Workers strike in December 2019, in addition to the overwhelming response.
Additionally, it mentioned that dealerships could plan early to convince consumers of replacement orders and set 2021 models in the limelight. In an email, the company stated that it regrets these actions due to delays in launch caused by the six-week stoppage of production. Thus, hampering the production schedule of the current year’s trims.
Besides this, the company even confirmed that the pre-existing orders marked as sold or stock for the current year’s trims might not even reach the production stage. Chevrolet will also share more information on the unacceptability of the 2020 Corvette Stingray trims along with the 2021 model replacement details.
According to a spokesperson at GM, such an email from the company went to the dealerships. This email was sent on the same day that the manufacturer informed us about the stoppage of production after March 2020. Production was halted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The spokesperson confirmed that this was due to rising consumer demand and the UAW strike in 2019 and was not a result of the present changes.
During the UAW strike, CNET reported that strikes on the delivery of 2020 trims with the mid-platform engine were expected to begin by the end of 2019. However, due to the strike, the production opened on February 3rd, 2020. A user even mentioned that the Corvette dealer training got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the Corvette Forum.
The training required dealers to get certified at the Spring Mountain driving school. This training also included learning about unique tool purchasing. Those who passed these two stages would receive a banner of Corvette Certified Dealer with their names written on it and different trims in their lots.
There are still a lot of pending questions that come to our minds. These include is the training is on hold due to the outrageous COVID-19 outbreak? How many dealerships are waiting for an update on the practice? How much time will it take for the manufacturer to come to the same or higher level of training? We have yet to receive answers for these and many more questions from the company. Stay tuned for more information on C8s, Chevrolet, and the automobile industry.