Cars Direct earlier reported that Chevrolet is currently putting orders on hold for the new Corvette. Despite recently announcing a series of updates, it is unfortunate that the 2018 models may not arrive until this December.
Reports say the postponement was due to the temporary shutdown of the Bowling Green facility in Kentucky. This is to give way to the plant’s ongoing construction that will last for about three months. As spokesperson Ron Klinon said, the upgrade will commence in August to let them complete the construction of GM’s state of the art paint facility. Because of this, the production has been rescheduled to November which means the 2018 Corvette may not be found at the dealerships until December.
As for Chevrolet’s inventory, we learned that it currently has about 14,700 Corvettes in total. This is equivalent to a 146-day supply which isn’t so bad at all considering Chevy also needs to empty out its inventory especially of the existing year models. That said, the figures released by the Automotive News Data Center may benefit General Motors but the consumers may be put at a disadvantage with the diminishing supply of Corvettes--- especially when it comes to the decreasing number of incentives available.
There are also rumours about a new Corvette C8 but General Motors did not say a word whether or not it is true. What we do know is the company is getting itself ready for the much-awaited Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Most of the time, the Corvette factory in Bowling Green Kentucky closes down during summer for overall maintenance. It also falls on the same season whenever there are necessary changes to be made for the upcoming model year. This typical downtime has in fact paved the way for transitional changes other than the change in model year. Major transitions such as the movement from one generation to another happens usually during summer break just like with the C6 and C7 in 2013.
Momentarily, we can only wish that these folks working at the facility are putting things in order to enable them to build the rumoured mid-engine Corvette. Many believe it’s about time Chevy considers a mid-engine model especially for the upcoming 2018 model year.
The current Chevy Corvette packs an impressive 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque on a 6.2 liter eight-cylinder engine and comes in a rear wheel drive layout with 7-speed manual transmission. Some of the trim levels include the Corvette Coupe Z06, the Stingray Coupe Z51 and the Grand Sport Coupe 3LT.