The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a massive disruption in the car industry, creating cash flow problems and shutting down virtually all domestic automotive production in the U.S. The tumult is bound to affect product planning at almost every company; now, we’re starting to see proof of that. Recent reporting has revealed GM plans to delay refreshes and launches for numerous vehicles across its lineup — including some of the ones we were most excited to see.
The Detroit News reports that GM will push back mid-cycle refreshes for the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 pickups, which presumably would have included better-designed, more upscale interiors. Other upgrades that have been delayed include updates to the GMC Terrain, Chevy Equinox, and Chevy Traverse SUVs, as well as the Chevy Bolt and Chevy Camaro. GM will also hold up a new version of the C8 Corvette — likely a new Z06 — that had been slated for to be revealed after 2020.
According to Muscle Cars & Trucks, Cadillac’s launches for the upcoming CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing performance sedans — the latter using the legendary CTS V’s famed supercharged 6.2-liter V8 — will also be delayed by six months, until the end of 2020 or later. That’s doubly disappointing, because those sedans are also expected to bring back manual transmissions to Cadillac’s V-Series lineup.
One thing that won’t be affected as of right now, per The Detroit News, is GM’s massive push toward electric vehicles. That includes the Ultium battery program, the Hummer EV, and the two (oddly named) new Cadillac EVs.
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