Over 8500 C8 Corvettes Now Built, 2nd Shift Reports for Training
This year certainly has been a rollercoaster for Corvette enthusiasts waiting for their 2020 Corvettes o be built. I do get your emails requesting any updates on production news from the Corvette Assembly Plant. While some days the pickings are slim to none, we do have some good news to share from the C8 Facebook groups and other sources this week.
On Tuesday, workers at the plant completed 100 cars with VINs ranging from #8453 to #8553. The plant is working nearly 10-hour shifts but the line speed has been slowed with the addition of the Convertibles to the mix. According to a post on Facebook, the Convertibles made up 10% of total cars built on the 25th.
We have been hearing rumors of the impending start of the 2nd shift for some time now, and it finally looks like this is going to happen as soon as next week although we don’t have any official confirmation on that yet. Sources tell us that 2nd shift workers are training with the 1st shift this week which is also why the line speed has been slowed as quality control remains paramount. As an aside, the 2nd shift workers were previously trained for C8 production prior to the COVID shut down and now they are reacclimating those functions before going full time.
We understand the supply chain is still under pressure from the COVID-19 disruptions so we are not quite out of the woods yet. While some of the vendors and GM facilities are still coping with worker absenteeism due to the virus, so far Bowling Green Assembly has been able to deal with that effectively as they can pull those 2nd shift workers in for cover when needed.
As we reported yesterday, the 2020 Corvette's Frunk update has been released and those cars still at the plant will be updated prior to shipping to dealers. According to those customers who have received the notification and applied the update, the process only takes about five minutes. So I doubt it will take them long to get the backlog of cars updated and shipped out.
And with the Frunk update now available, we will see Stop Delivery Order expire as updated cars can now be released to their new owners.
That’s the latest from the Corvette Assembly Plant as we’ve been able to gather. Stay tuned for any additional updates or breaking news as it happens!