A myriad of production issues continue to impact the entirety of the auto industry, including GM and the Chevy Corvette. Now, GM Authority has learned that production of the Chevy Corvette at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky will be offline until September.
According to GM Authority sources, Chevy Corvette production at the GM Bowling Green plant will be down until after Labor Day due to an issue unrelated to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. Chevy Corvette production is expected to resume on September 6th.
GM is actively working with partners and suppliers to resolve issues as they arise. Of course, GM isn’t the only automaker feeling the heat, with nearly every major OEM forced to contend with breaks in the supply chain and other related issues, including GM’s crosstown rivals, Ford and Stellantis, among others. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for automakers to forecast when these shortages will end, leading many to decline to publicly address when the situation will improve.
As a reminder, the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky is the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette, and has been since it first opened in 1981.
As GM Authority exclusively covered previously, production of the new 2023 Corvette Z06 will be heavily constrained for the foreseeable future, limited to just 10 percent of accepted orders. For the moment, there’s no clear date in sight with regard to when the constraint will be lifted.
Notably, supplies of the Corvette C8 Stingray are currently running at an extremely low level. Per GM Authority sources, the 2023 Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray was running at a five-day dealer supply as of the beginning of August, with just 448 units in stock, and 930 units in transit. The low inventory supply is a continuation of low supplies seen previously, and with continuing high demand for the sports car, plus this latest production hiccup, it’s looking like that won’t be changing any time soon.