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Old 01-09-2019, 02:56 AM
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Normally, I would expect the 2020 C8 to be released to customers in October 2019. However with the rumored six month "electrical" delay, that would put it to March of 2020. That's over a year away! This is going to be a very long wait.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:29 AM
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97 wasn't revealed until March of 97 and reveal was done in Chevy Showrooms across the country. No auto show reveal at all. Production ran from late February through part of June then they switched over to 98 production. There were only 9752 97 Vettes produced.

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This makes zero sense. In calendar year 2018 Chevy sold around 18,000 C7 Corvettes, which is way below the yearly average for C7's. In 2019 that number will drop big time. Chevy wants the C8 to go into production ASAP! So if the C8 is introduced to the world sometime between say April and July, the car will be in production sometime this summer. There will not be any reason for GM to wait.
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It's actually about a normal or better number of Corvette sales in MY 6 compared to any recent gen, which is where we are. There certainly have been worse performing generations at this point in the run. It's actually over 20K sales in 2018 in US and Canada, with a few more overseas.

And BTW, there is no delay on the ME, because no date of intro has ever been promised. As with the development of all new models, they go through extensive testing, problems are found, problems are fixed, and once all is well in hand, a decision on intro is made. Some projects take longer than others or longer than expected, but it's not a delay.

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Is this "delay" increasing or decreasing interest in the C8? Maybe it's a ploy.
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Really doesn't affect my plans at all, regardless of the actual intro date. Gives me more time to enjoy my C7 (which I may end up keeping anyway), and I didn't intend to order a first-year C8. All is well. Patience is a virtue.
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Originally Posted by rmorin1249 View Post
Is this "delay" increasing or decreasing interest in the C8? Maybe it's a ploy.
It's not a ploy. It's NORMAL.

This forum is whipping some into a state of hysteria, which is not normal. The vast majority of potential buyers aren't even here.

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I think the rumored "six month" delay was exaggerated and that the actual issues only put them behind by a couple of months. I'm not worried at all and looking forward to having one in my garage later this year.
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They have one shot at the mid engine 'Vette. Best not miss, or the Corvette nameplate will be gone forever.
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Originally Posted by Zaro Tundov View Post
They have one shot at the mid engine 'Vette. Best not miss, or the Corvette nameplate will be gone forever.
True -- as stressed as so many of us are here, can you imagine how stressed the C8 team must be? Gotta be excruciating.

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Given what is happening at GM now it has to be a stressful environment. Personally, I am concerned that the C8 could be a hard sell. If the millennials won't buy it there may not be enough 55+ buyers to keep it alive. The economy is another big factor.
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Originally Posted by Zaro Tundov View Post
They have one shot at the mid engine 'Vette. Best not miss, or the Corvette nameplate will be gone forever.
I'm in complete agreement with this. If it's a design, performance, reliability flop, or most importantly if they price it such that it does not sell at least the same number of units annually as the last 3 generations; Corvette will be gone in 3-4 years. The rapid movement toward electric and econo people movers will only accelerate, so the stakes are huge here. GM has no interest in being in the niche performance car market and will only do this with mass production and sales to support that.
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Not to stir up anything, but how can it be delayed, when it was never officially announced? Was there an official announcement that I missed? Simply trying to understand.
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Nothing is official. To my knowledge GM has never acknowledged that there is a C8.

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Originally Posted by SingleTrackMinded View Post
Not to stir up anything, but how can it be delayed, when it was never officially announced? Was there an official announcement that I missed? Simply trying to understand.
Presumably there was a schedule thatís been pushed back. In my past life I saw numerous things that were delayed internally that had never been publicly scheduled. Of course, these projects were not being followed in the outside world by rabid aficionados holding their collective breaths until the next rumor surfaced.
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Yes a delayed car that doesnít exist. This forum area is all dreamed up worthless crap.
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Originally Posted by Zjoe6 View Post
Yes a delayed car that doesnít exist. This forum area is all dreamed up worthless crap.
Praytell, what are all those betas running around then?
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Originally Posted by Zjoe6 View Post
Yes a delayed car that doesn’t exist. This forum area is all dreamed up worthless crap.
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Praytell, what are all those betas running around then?
The point made is that GM has not acknowledged that the car exists and has not announced that it would be forthcoming. That's entirely different from saying it "doesn't exist." They have promised no date of intro, no pricing info, no production plans, nothing. Thus, there is no "delay."

"All those betas running around" are exactly that, test platforms of a concept that will almost certainly make it to production in some form in the not too distant future. We know from insiders that the body design to close to finalized because it's been shown to them, but we don't know that all the things we think we see under the camo accurately depict the final body design.

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The point made is that GM has not acknowledged that the car exists and has not announced that it would be forthcoming. That's entirely different from saying it "doesn't exist." They have promised no date of intro, no pricing info, no production plans, nothing. Thus, there is no "delay."
Yep. We have timelines on programs that don't yet exist in internet rumors and which aren't even to the point of even early prototypes being available, that won't even be seen in camo for 2-3 years. There is little doubt there is an internal timeline for the C8, which may or may not have slipped, it is hard to produce a car without one. The public in general doesn't realize just how far out all this specialized manufacturing equipment needs to be planned and ordered and how long getting material suppliers verified and supply chains set up takes.
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