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Could the UAW Strike Delay Corvette Production?

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

It’s Unclear at This Time

The C8 Corvette is one of the most hotly anticipated cars of 2020. Folks can’t wait to get behind the wheel of their mid-engine Corvettes, and now it seems they might have to wait a bit longer. The United Auto Workers strike has the potential to disrupt Corvette production. 

The Detroit Free Press reported that the strike will cause a delay. Chevy is still building the last of the C7s, and then it will need to retool the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky to build the C8 Corvette. With the strike happening, the publication says the plant won’t be ready in time.

Motor Authority reached out to GM spokesman Kevin Kelly for a comment, and he said that it was simply too early to tell if the strike would impact Corvette production. That’s not a denial or a confirmation. What is clear is that the demand for the car is high. So high, in fact, that GM was going to add a second shift at Bowling Greet for production of the C8.

That would make it seem like GM will need to work hard to get the car out on time. It would also make it seem like there isn’t a ton of room to spare before the strike actually does start impacting production. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the coming months. There are reports that the strike will also impact Chevy truck sales. With that in mind and the C8 Corvette’s target date looming, we home GM and the UAW come to an agreement soon.