Production of the 2021 Corvette will begin on December 8th, sources familiar with the situation have revealed to GM Authority.
The GM Bowling Green Assembly plant was previously set to begin production of the 2021 Corvette in mid-November, however the start date was pushed back as General Motors worked to fulfill the remaining 2020 Corvette and Corvette Convertible orders that it still had on the books. The automaker also experienced a minor setback in production in October after it was forced to temporarily shutter the Bowling Green Assembly plant due to supplier constraints.
Under normal circumstances, GM would have shifted production from the 2020 model year vehicle to the 2021 much earlier than December, but the company experienced consistent setbacks with 2020 Corvette production. The sports car was originally set to enter production in late 2019, however the lengthy UAW strike forced GM to push the start date back to February of this year. The automaker built less than 3,000 examples of the car before it was then forced to once again shut down Bowling Green Assembly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plant came back online with the rest of GM’s facilities in late May and has been working hard to catch up on the significant backlog of 2020 Corvette orders ever since. GM added a second shift at Bowling Green Assembly on Monday, August 31st, helping it to ramp-up production as the backlog continued. According to official GM production numbers, roughly 1,975 2020 Corvette and Corvette Convertible units were built each month from July through to September. It’s unclear how many more vehicles have been built monthly after GM added the second shift.
This backlog means not all customers who placed an order for a 2020 Corvette will receive their vehicle. It is understood that customers affected by the various production setbacks at Bowling Green Assembly will be offered a 2021 built slot instead.
GM applied some minor changes to the C8 Corvette for 2021, including the addition of two new exterior colors to its palette, Red Mist Tintcoat and Silver Flare Metallic. The sports car also receives new exterior racing stripe options, a new Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Gray color combo and will now come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.