The first-ever mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette debuted with fanfare. Orders have been placed for it and waiting lines are now pretty lengthy. However, strike action threatens to make those waiting times even longer.
It's a particularly tough time for General Motors in the US at the moment, not in terms of sales but in production. The United Automobile Workers, or UAW, have been on strike since September 15 with either party not giving way. Negotiations have been underway, but there is no resolution at the time of writing.
That means GM's production lines are slower than usual and that they it even experiences closures on some days. That also means the Corvette assembly line will take longer to retool for the new mid-engined model. If the strikes drag on, changing the tools and materials needed to build the C8 Corvette will be further delayed, even after industrial action has been quelled.
There are approximately 37,000 orders for the C8 Corvette at the time of writing and the delivery dates for these are slated for January 2020. However, that might be pushed back even further down next year, and those who placed reservations might not have the patience for it. The effect of that is opportunity cost for the automaker, and that GM will have to work overtime to market the car and recoup the said opportunity cost.
But it's not just the Corvette that's been affected. The truck and SUV line has also seen its fair share to plant stoppages since September 15, as well as other models such as the Camaro. So, how does it affect us? If you ordered a Tahoe, a Suburban, or a Camaro, you might have to wait a little bit longer for it if the car isn't in stock or has yet to be rolled off the assembly line.
Source: Motor Trend