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Exactly. As per GM's January 13, 2013 C7 Reveal, "the 2014 Corvette StingRay coupe goes on sale during the third quarter."

We are not yet halfway through the third quarter, so....., no delay.
 

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I've heard from a dealer that production is scheduled to start Monday August 12th, 2013. Mentions of the quality surrounding the fit and finish might have been one of the reasons behind the delay.
 

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I read this today over on the blogger:
John Fitzpatrick Production Manager of the C7 said:
Everything they are doing right now is much like a sports franchise going through preseason. Early this year, they began building their non-saleable validation cars. In second quarter, they moved to “saleable” builds which is what we see Harlan, Tadge and other members of the Corvette team driving. They are still practice builds, but are much closer to the final version.

So when will the retail customer cars start production? There is no set date. It all depends on when they think they are ready:
They will get to that day where they say, OK, everything is coming together, everything makes sense, everything looks great so we’re going to start regular retail production. And at that point, and only after that point, customers will start seeing VINs to their car. And so we’re still in the practice session. We don’t know the date that will happen or the time, but it’s going to happen sometime soon.

The Target Production Week is only a “target” and just because a customer may see a TPW change from 8/5 to 8/12, it doesn’t mean there are issues with the production process or delays in production.

Some might see their event code go from 3000 to 3300 and then back to 3000 and think that something has happened with their order, but in reality, nothing has changed. It’s part of the natural progress of the system and we move event codes to give our suppliers signals on when we think materials need to flow to us. And so we keep adjusting those event codes. It doesn’t mean anything has happened at that point, it just means we’re getting things ready for the regular start of production.

The manufacturing process is based on maximizing the supply flow from suppliers and the internal production within the plant like the paint shop. Much of it depends on the dealer and how they flow orders and what suppliers have supplies for us. For example, we’re seeing right now a constraint with the Carbon Fiber Dash Panel. The reason for the constraint is because there is way more demand right now than we are able to supply. That effects how dealers put cars into the production sequence.

Once production starts, and a customer gets his VIN and then the car is built, that still doesn’t mean its going to ship out the next day. That’s not a bad thing. We hold the cars to make sure they meet our quality standards. We release the car once we think it’s near as perfect as we can get it. We’re making sure everything is right about that car and that’s why it goes though the quality assessment process.

Because the quality assessments are so important to the automaker, it’s one of the reasons why Chevrolet won five J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards earlier this year. We take this so seriously because we want to make sure the customer doesn’t have to come back to the dealership for something. Are we going to be perfect in that regard? Probably not, but we’re trying to be.

We will officially announce when cars begin shipping to dealers, but there probably won’t be an announcement regarding the start of retail production. The key question is when will we start shipping cars out of Bowling Green? Everything else up to that point doesn’t matter.

Everybody is so excited about this car. And when I say everybody, I mean not just the customers. I mean everybody in GM, everybody at Bowling Green, every supplier. Everybody loves this car. They think it’s the shot in the arm that Corvette needed. The anticipation, not only for the people who have ordered the car, but from the dealers and the leadership here at GM, it’s just sky high. But we also know we got to do everything we can to give them the highest quality product out there.
 

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again according to the bowling green plant schedule ...Tours will be suspended on sept. 14 for the purpose of re-tooling for the 2014 corvette.. go to the bowling green plant site and check it out 4 yourself....Production I would think would begin after that..

And according to a chevy spokesperson the chevy official site will change over to 2014 corvettes when the 2014 corvette actually is in production...
 

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Conflicting info here Jelly man. Sept.14 2012 is last year. However they do say "next generation" corvette. My dealer has said there are some "issues" that are being fixed on the production line which is slowing the official start of production. I was wondering if anyone on the forum knew what the "issues" were. When we pay this much money for a vehicle we expect it to be high quality. I am just fine with waiting as long as we all get high quality vehicles. By the way, when I called you "Jelly man" it's from the movie "Finding Nemo" by "Crush" the turtle Dude :)
 
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