Now, the automaker has announced a week-long extension of the scheduled shutdown, with the production line at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant now set to be put on pause through to February 16th.
GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Communications Manager, Rachel Bagshaw, said the extension of the production shutdown was brought on by a temporary parts supply issue. This parts supply problem is unrelated to the global microchip shortage that has been hampering vehicle output across the industry in recent weeks and months.
When the February 1st shutdown was first announced, GM said its “supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production, and we expect the plant to resume normal operations on Monday, February 8.” It’s not clear if a shortage of the same parts is what forced the automaker to extend the shutdown by another seven days.
The 2021 Corvette entered production at Bowling Green Assembly on December 11th, 2020. The vehicle received a number of small updates for the 2021 model year, including the addition of two new exterior colors, Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic and a new interior color combo – Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey.
The 2021 Corvette sticks with its naturally aspirated GM 6.2L V8 LT2 engine and standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The LT2 V8 is good for 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional Performance Exhaust. Prices are unchanged from the 2020 Corvette, with the base 1LT trim level starting at $59,995, including a $1,095 destination freight charge.
The GM Bowling Green Assembly plant, which was formerly a Chrysler air-conditioning unit factory, is the only place where the Corvette is manufactured.