Production of the 2021 Corvette has been pushed back to Monday, November 2nd, several months later than the original start date in September, essentially giving the current 2020 model year an extra two months of production.
The news comes courtesy of Corvette Forum poster “Corvette Ed,” an employee at Fairway Motors in Hazleton, PA, as reported in a recent post from Corvette Blogger. The publication has spoken to the user on Corvette-related matters in the past, and has found his information to be credible.
The 2021 Corvette is the second model year of the eighth-generation vehicle, and will offer a few small changes and updates, including new color options, stripe options, and the addition of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
General Motors has been grappling with backorders of new 2020 Corvettes for months now, with delays first incurred by the UAW workers strike in 2019, and more recently, production suspension in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky, which is the only facility in the world to produce the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, is scheduled to resume production on Tuesday, May 26th. Production of the 2020 Corvette Coupe will continue through the remainder of May, the entirety of June, and the first week of July, while production of the 2020 Corvette Convertible will begin July 13th, as we covered previously. Production of the 2021 Corvette will then begin in November.
So far, only about 2,700 examples of the new C8 have been produced thus far, all of which are Coupe models.
In response to production delays resulting from the UAW strike and COVID-19 pandemic, GM closed order books for the 2020 Corvette on March 18th, and will open order books for the 2021 Corvette today. Per an official message sent to dealers in March, the purpose of advancing 2021 Corvette ordering is to enable the creation of a replacement 2021 model-year order for those customers whose vehicles have been pushed back as a result of the delays.
As we covered earlier this month, GM’s production facility in Bedford, Indiana, which is responsible for producing the 2020 Corvette chassis and suspension components, never fully shut down during the recent North American production idling.