2020 Chevy Corvette Production Could Exceed 20k Cars

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, Automotive Editor - June 1, 2020

Production with the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is changing rapidly. Between the UAW strike and the coronavirus, both of which required Chevy to close its factories, the automaker only built roughly 2,700 units of the sports car from the beginning of February and March 20, 2020. Such a low figure meant that 2020 C8 Corvette would be one of the rarest versions of the sports cars ever made. That was until Chevrolet announced that production of the C8 Corvette would be extended. Now, from the sound of things, it looks like Chevy is going to increase production of the 2020 model exponentially.

According to Corvette Blogger, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles claims that the Chevrolet has plans to build approximately 20,181 units of the C8 for the 2020 model year. That number includes dealer-ordered cars and the vehicles the automaker manufactured earlier from February to March.

The outlet ran the numbers on how Chevrolet would get to that figure. The automaker will have to continue building 11.5 vehicles per hour, which comes out to 92 sports cars during an eight-hour day and 460 cars per week. With 22 weeks left until November 2, which is when Chevrolet will switch over to producing 2021 C8 Corvette models, one shift will only result in 10,120 cars. A second shift will have to be put into place by July 20 to build roughly 7,000 units.

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All of this assumes that Chevrolet won’t have any disruptions in manufacturing. States are beginning to enter their initial phases of returning back to normal, but data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is coming down, but it's still incredibly high. A second wave of the coronavirus is very possible in America and could lead to more closures.

Hearing Chevrolet claim that it wants to produce more than 20,000 total units of the C8 Corvette for the 2020 model year is surprising. We were taken aback when we heard that the automaker would continue producing the 2020 model year – we thought Chevrolet would want to shift its focus onto the 2021 model year. When Chevy announced that more units of the 2020 model year would be built, we certainly weren’t thinking along the lines of an additional 18,000 units. We thought we’d see 5,000 or so.

Pumping out a total of 20,000 units of the C8 Corvette means more consumers will be able purchase one of the more sought-after vehicles of the decade. With Chevrolet keeping the vehicle’s starting price tag for both the 2020 model and the 2021 model at $59,995, shoppers don’t have to feel rushed into making a purchase, either.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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