We recently reported that the Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible may be delayed into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, halting production. It was a big blow to fans of the ‘Vette’, but thankfully it may appear that these claims were unsubstantiated.
According to a recent post over at Corvette Forum, GM has made the decision to push back the start of their 2021 Corvette production plans in favour of extending 2020 production until the end of October, by doing this – Chevrolet’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky will have amble time to start working on their convertible model. According to the anonymous poster, the production is set to start in July.
Now, while we hope this is the case, we are still taking this news with a grain of salt. While the United States of America has begun to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, they are by no means out of the woods as of yet and could be forced to shut down again if they see a spike in cases again. The Bowling Green plant isn’t planning on reopening until the 26th May and will be slowly ramping up production overtime to get back to their most efficient level. As well as this, Corvette is making the safety of their employees the top priority and this may slow things down further, with less staff able to work at the factory in order to maintain social distancing.
Having said that, this is extremely positive news for any Corvette fans and its also a massive positive for the automotive industry who may well start to see things pick up rapidly over the next few months. We can only hope!