2023 Corvette Production Halted During Week Of October 17th4
Production of the 2023 Corvette will be halted once again, this time during the week of October 17th, due to a parts supply issue.
According to The Detroit News, the GM Bowling Green assembly plant will be paused for a week as it deals with parts constraints that are unrelated to the microchip shortage. In addition to manufacturing the 2023 Corvette Stingray, the facility has started building the 2023 Corvette Z06.
“Our supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production to meet the strong demand for our products. We expect the plant to resume normal operations on Monday, October 24,” said GM spokesperson David Barnas to The Detroit News.
Production has been stalled several times so far this year. It was shut down for a week in March 2022, while the plant was still producing the 2022 model-year Chevy Corvette, forcing the automaker to push back production start of the 2023 Corvette from May 9th to May 16th. It was halted again for a week in April, delaying 2023 Corvette production start to May 23rd. Production was paused for another week in August.
The Bowling Green plant starting building the C8 Corvette Z06 on the week of September 19th. However, production of the much-anticipated Z06 will be extremely limited for the foreseeable future. In fact, GM stopped taking orders of the 2023 model-year Corvette Z06, and it’s currently unclear when the order books will open again.
In addition to the arrival of the Z06, the 2023 Corvette received a new Stealth Interior Trim Package, a 70th Anniversary Special Edition Package for both the Stingray and the Corvette Z06, and an Adrenaline Red Dipped interior, which replaces the Morello Red Dipped cockpit.
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette Stingray features the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. As for the 2023 Corvette Z06, it features the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine producing 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Under the skin, the sports car rides on the GM Y2 platform.
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Looks like some vendor management is needed.
After almost 3 years of “supply chain” and parts problems, perhaps it is time to start cleaning out the logistics people at GM. IF these problems are real and not just a ploy to keep prices high and implement a “build to order” production system based on a high order backlog, then it’s time for new blood to strengthen out the supplier issues. The excuses of no wire harnesses, no tires, no transmissions, no chips, etc. are ringing hollow. This is GM’s premium priced halo car. GM seems to be able to find the parts for other cars it’s selling.