Production of the 2021 Corvette was paused in May and June, with General Motors’ production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky idling due to a parts shortage unrelated to the ongoing global semiconductor chips shortage. Now, according to a recent memo, Chevrolet is cutting production of the 2021 Corvette short.
“In order to maintain start of production for the 2022 model year Corvette Stingray in late Q3, and as a result of continued unplanned part shortages not related to the industry-wide semiconductor availability issues, General Motors has had to make an adjustment in the number of Corvette Stingrays available for the 2021 model year,” said Assistant Manager, Chevrolet Passenger Cars, Performance and Motorsports Communications at General Motors, Trevor Thompkins, in a statement.
Essentially, this means that the production for the 2021 Corvette has been reduced, with General Motors moving forward with production of the 2022 model year vehicle, rather than extending production of the 2021 model year to make up for lost production time earlier this year.
That also means that some 2021 Corvette customers waiting for their vehicle won’t get their order. That said, General Motors added that customers with accepted 2021 Corvette orders at Event Status 3000 and above will still receive their vehicle.
“We are not planning on canceling any accepted 2021 model year Corvette Stingray sold orders (event code 3000 and above),” Thompkins added.
Those customers with 2021 Corvette orders under event status 3000 will need to place an order with their dealer for a 2022 model year vehicle, depending on where they are in the ordering process.
General Motors also reiterated that the parts shortage is unrelated to the ongoing global semiconductor chips shortage, but declined to specify exactly what the issue was.
Production of the 2021 Corvette was put on pause in May, with the cut later extended through June. The automaker halted new 2021 Corvette sold orders on March 25th due to overwhelming demand.