As if suspending North American production wasn’t enough bad news for General Motors this week, the company now says it is suspending orders for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. The suspension actually has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and all to do with consumer demand and GM’s labor strike last year.
According to a leaked letter published on Corvette Forum, Chevrolet is suspending orders for the 2020 Corvette today, March 18th. The letter goes on to confirm that the order banks for the 2021 Corvette will open up on May 21; a month earlier than previously planned as the brand hopes to minimize waits for consumers.
To be clear, customers and dealerships with existing allocation for 2020 Corvette builds will still receive their 2020 model year Corvettes. The suspension of the order bank just prohibits any new customers from ordering a 2020 Corvette.
GM is pointing to last year’s six-week work stoppage during the United Auto Workers union national strike for the suspension. The labor strike ate into the 2020 Corvette’s overall production schedule.
Those interested in getting their hands on the first model year of the eight-generation Corvette may still be in luck. The car began arriving in dealerships over the last couple of weeks and some lucky folks may still be able to find some unsold units somewhere.
Chevrolet has not offered any information regarding the 2021 Corvette, so it is unclear what if any changes the car will have over the 2020 model.