Production of the 2021 Corvette is no back on track after a two-week pause, in addition to a shift cut last week due to the severe winter storm affecting the southern U.S.
In a statement to GM Authority, Communications Manager, Manufacturing General Motors Bowling Green Assembly, Rachel Bagshaw, confirmed that the facility was indeed back up and running. The GM Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky is the exclusive producer of the Chevrolet Corvette.
Production of the 2021 Corvette has been somewhat of a rocky affair. Back in January, The General confirmed that it would temporarily halt production between February 1st and February 8th due to a parts supply issue. The shutdown was later extended by a week.
Then last week, General Motors canceled shifts at several of its production facilities in response to severe winter weather that swept through southern and central states of the U.S. The production shutdown included Bowling Green Assembly, which cut second shifts.
The 2021 Corvette first entered production at the Bowling Green facility on December 11th, 2020.
Production of the C8 Corvette has been spotty, even going back to the initial 2020 model year, with multiple restarts. Originally slated to begin production in December of 2019, the 2020 Corvette was first delayed as a result of the 2019 UAW strike, and again later by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the production issues, several 2020 model year orders were pushed back to the 2021 model year, which includes price hikes for popular options like the Front Suspension Lift feature and Z51 Performance Package.
Motivation is once again sourced from the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which connects to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Output is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust system.