According to The Detroit News, the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky will be closed on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th after COVID-19 restrictions in Mexico lead to a parts shortage at the plant. Production of the mid-engine sports car is scheduled to resume on Monday, November 16th. This will prevent roughly 540 Corvettes from being built this week.
This minor hiccup could set GM back a bit further as it works to fulfill the remaining 2020 Corvette orders so it can switch to the production of the 2021 model by December 8th. The automaker was also forced to put the Corvette production line on pause in early October due to supplier constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
GM has experienced a handful of other C8 Corvette parts shortages this year, as well. It pulled both the 5VM carbon fiber aerodynamics kit and High Wing Spoiler from the sports car’s options list due to supplier constraints, although these parts have been added back for the 2021 model year.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered GM’s production timeline for the 2020 Corvette, the automaker had managed to produce an impressive 13,039 units as of October 7th, 2020. The automaker said previously that it was hoping to produce 20,000 units before the end of the year – pretty much on par with its usual annual production totals for the sports car, which can range anywhere from around 10,000 units to over 40,000.
The transition to production of the 2021 model year Corvette should be fairly straightforward, with GM only making some minor changes for the new model year. These changes include two new exterior colors, new exterior racing stripe options, an additional interior color combo and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.