The strike continues to impact workers and GM’s productivity.
Those waiting anxiously to get their hands on the first examples of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will have to wait longer than they thought, according a Detroit Free Press report. The United Auto Workers (UAW) union’s ongoing strike continues, affecting General Motors’ current production plans. To that end, sources close to the matter say GM will delay the launch of the hotly anticipated C8 Corvette.
Chevrolet’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant has built the Corvette since 1981, and planned to produce the new mid-engined model later this year. However, production may effectively stall if the strike continues through October. Despite the sources’ claims, a GM spokesperson said production may continue on schedule. “It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage.”
About 46,000 workers went on strike September 16. As of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, the deadline for negotiations between GM and the UAW on a new contract passed.
As the strike goes on, GM is idling or slowing production at its Mexican and Canadian factories. GM idled its Silao, Mexico factory, affecting 6,000 workers. It also partially idled its Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant and halted vehicle production completely at its Oshawa, Ontario plant in Canada.
Wrapping up current Corvette production
As for the Corvette, GM has yet to wrap up production on the current C7 model. A person at the Bowling Green plant told the Detroit Free Press that the strike will affect production. “I know for a fact that this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production for the mid-engine Corvette,” they said. That’s because the plant still has to wrap up production of the C7 generation. After that, the factory will retool to build the new model. “That can’t happen because the plant hasn’t finished production of the current generation Corvette.”
GM planned to idle the plant this week to retool it for the new Corvette. Now, it seems that plan is on hold, at least for the immediate future. The company started taking pre-orders for the new Corvette in August, after revealing the Stingray model.