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Chevy's first announcement of its mid-engine Corvette C8 told the public that the car would be hitting dealers by the end of 2019.
However, the production was previously delayed by the United Auto Workers’ 40-day strike which cost General Motors about $4 billion in the process.
The strike lasted six weeks until a majority of the union’s 48,000 members approved a four-year deal which included annual lump-sum bonuses or raises and ratification bonuses. The process delayed the production of the C8 until February 2020.
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Most recently, Chevrolet announced that the production began on February 3.
Regular production for the 2020 #Corvette#Stingray coupe began today at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/zYemFNDv2l— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) February 3, 2020
Even before the strike, Chevy had already sold out the first year’s production for Corvette C8. Last week, the automaker gave a group of journalists the chance to take a peek at the eight-generation Corvette.
Here are the highlights of their insights:
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a power-machine with 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of tire-spinning torque.
Corvette’s engine is moved to behind the cabin which is the most dramatic change. This is supposed to enable a faster launch and improve handling.
The brand new LT2 V8 engine is can be seen through a rear hatch window.
The mid-engine configuration is supposed to ensure responsiveness and driving feel.
It has a feature that lifts the nose up by more than an inch, which makes managing steep driveways and speed bumps easier.