The inaugural year of the first production mid-engine Corvette was not a smooth one for Chevrolet. The 2020 Vette debuted with much fanfare almost a year ago and immediately took the world by storm, but production delays and quality issues have been a reality for buyers of the Corvette C8 ever since.
The most recent problem to arise – literally – is the C8’s electrically operated trunk, or the trunk, as such things are commonly known. We reported on July 9 that complaints from two Corvette C8 owners had been registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), claiming that the trunk opened unexpectedly and without warning. Since then, three additional complaints have been reported, bringing the total to five.
Our friends at MidEngineCorvetteForum.com (MECF) have heard of General Motors on this issue. From what we can understand, GM implies that it is not a problem with the car, but with the driver. Here is the statement received by the forum.
“After isolated reports of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette hood inadvertently opened while driving, the engineering team is investigating the potential problem and will endeavor to prevent it from moving forward. We have not been able to identify mechanical issues related to this situation. We are looking at ways to improve the hood opening warnings by increasing the volume of warning chimes and modifying the messaging that appears in the DIC. Vehicles already on the ground would receive these changes through live updates. “
This seems to contradict NHTSA reports that there were no warning indicators that the trunk was open before hitting the road. A MECF member claims the alert on the dashboard fact indicate that the trunk was open, but it was activated while the car was already in motion. In any case, the GM statement says the company will continue to investigate the problem.
The 2020 Corvette has experienced many setbacks since its revelation in July 2019, some of which are decidedly circumstantial, such as last year’s UAW strike that delayed the start of production. Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has also affected Corvette production, but reports of quality issues such as twisted seams for the dashboard and missing screws for the body panels have also been reported. Motor1.com Editor-in-Chief Jeff Perez highlighted an ergonomics issue with the steering wheel and the large transmission tunnel that could affect some people.
It should be noted that the first model year of all the new vehicle often has minor problems. With decades of rumors and years of spy photos leading to the C8’s revelation, the car has certainly been scrutinized more than most.