Chevrolet Halts 2018 Corvette Orders, New Models Might Not Arrive Until December

Chevrolet recently announced a series of updates to the 2018 Corvette but fans looking to place an order are reportedly out of luck.

According to Cars Direct, Chevrolet has put a hold on all new Corvette orders. The report says the hold is a result of a temporary shutdown at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant which is slated to last for three months.

The shutdown will begin in August and spokesman Ron Kiino says it will enable the company to “finish construction of a new, state-of-the-art paint shop.” Production is scheduled to resume in November so new Corvette models might not arrive at dealerships until December.

This isn’t entirely bad news as Chevrolet currently has around 14,700 Corvettes in inventory. This equates to a 146 day supply, according to the Automotive News Data Center, so the shutdown could help the automaker to clear out its inventory of existing 2017 models.

While this is good news for GM, it could be bad news for consumers as incentives may be reduced as the Corvette supply dwindles.

Rumors have suggested the shutdown could be related to upcoming Corvette C8 but nothing is official. Regardless of the reasons, the current model still has some time left as the company is gearing up to launch the highly-anticipated Corvette ZR1.

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  • Blanka Li

    The return of the “1983” Corvette?

    • Status

      No. I means there will be no more 2017 Corvettes produced for the rest of the model year. All that have been made are currently in inventory, and 2018 production will start 3 months late in December.

      • Pavo

        The 2018 models have been produced since May. 2017 models ceased production sometime around 1st of June. So they have already built thousands of 2018 models.

        • Status

          So I was off by 2 months. It still stands that there was a 2017 Corvette and there is (will be) a 2018 Corvette; not exactly the same deal as the 1983 Corvette.

  • SteersUright

    All BS based on GM press release, in other words, what they want you to think. Corvettes currently have nearly $10-20k+ of discounting (base through Z06) and that can’t be a great thing. Limiting supply was probably the necessary move before the discounting began to dilute the car’s value, etc. Not hating, I love the Corvette (interior aside) and love the discounting they offer on it. But, I’m just postulating this is the real reasoning behind this.

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