General Motors will pause production of the 2021 Corvette for seven days starting on May 24th, 2021.
A spokesperson for GM confirmed this week that it would pause production of the mid-engine sports car at Bowling Green Assembly due to a parts shortage. The parts shortage is not related to the global semiconductor shortage, GM said, which has forced the automaker to close a handful of its other plants for up to two months.
“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 Tuesday, 1 June,” the company said in a prepared statement.
Chevy stopped taking new sold orders for the 2021 Corvette on March 25th, citing overwhelming demand for the mid-engine sports car. Production of the 2022 model year Corvette is expected to begin later this summer after dealers begin accepting orders for the vehicle in July. The 2021 model year Corvette entered production at Bowling Green Assembly on December 11th, 2020.
GM has experienced a number of production setbacks with the C8 Corvette since it first entered production in early 2020. The eighth-generation Vette was originally set to enter production in December of 2019, however the start date was pushed back until February of 2020 due to the 2019 UAW labor strike. The production line was running for a brief period of time before the COVID-19 pandemic once again forced the shutdown of GM Bowling Green Assembly last spring. Subsequent parts shortages have caused other brief shutdowns throughout 2020 and 2021, compounding with high demand and causing extremely limited dealership inventories.
The C8 Corvette comes with a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional factory performance exhaust system. Output is routed to the rear wheels through eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.