Chevy was forced to put 2021 Corvette production on hold for two weeks this month due to parts supply shortages that were unrelated to the ongoing global semiconductor pinch. Now the automaker has announced it will pause production once more from March 1st to March 7th due to a transmission parts shortage, with regularly scheduled work to resume that Monday.
“Our 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, March 8,” GM spokesman David Barnas told The Detroit News in a statement.
Transmission parts shortages also led to the shutdown of Bowling Green Assembly the week of February 1st, so it seems as though this is a persistent supply chain issue for GM. In addition to parts shortages, winter weather has also affected Corvette production output in recent weeks, with GM forced to cancel two shifts at Bowling Green last week due to severe winter weather in the central and southern U.S.
Production of the 2021 Corvette began at the Bowling Green facility on December 11th, 2020, shortly after GM finished building the final examples of the 2020 model year Corvette. The 2021 model year Corvette introduced two new color options, Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic, along with a new interior color combination in the way of Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey. The vehicle remains mechanically identical to the 2020 model year Corvette, with motivation coming from a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Output is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust system equipped.