Corvette C8 production has been anything but smooth. Originally scheduled to roll off the line in December of 2019, customer-bound units of the C8 have since experienced numerous delays, the most notable of which include pushbacks stemming from the UAW labor strike in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Now, however, next-gen Corvette production is holding steady at two shifts, with 186 cars produced per day.
There is currently a huge number of C8 customers who have placed an order for a new Chevy Corvette, but have yet to receive their vehicle. Some of these orders were placed at the start of the year. However, as a result of the multiple delays incurred during the 2019 UAW strike and the COVID-19 production stoppage, General Motors was unable to fill all 2020 Corvette orders, and thus pushed back remaining 2020 model year orders to the 2021 model year.
Due to equipment pricing differences between the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette and 2021 Chevrolet Corvette, some customers are required to pay more for their vehicle than initially expected. While the base pricing remains static at $59,995 for the Coupe and $67,495 for the Convertible, popular options like the Z51 Performance Package, Front Lift Suspension, and 5-Trident Spoke Black-painted Aluminum wheels all saw price hikes for the 2021 model year (+$995, +$500, and +$200, respectively). As such, customers who had their 2020 model year vehicle pushed back to 2021 with any of the repriced equipment are required to pay more for those specific options.
Following the 2019 UAW strike, Corvette C8 production finally got underway in February of 2020. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced General Motors to temporarily halt North American production operations. The ongoing pandemic has resulted in recent supplier issues since Corvette C8 production resumed in May. Production of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette launched last week.
Like all Chevrolet Corvette models since 1981, Corvette C8 production takes place at the GM Bowling Green facility in Kentucky.