GM To Pause Corvette Production Due To Lack Of Parts
Plant shutdowns and production pauses have been increasingly common during the pandemic. Most recent was Ford who shut its plant down due to a shortage of computer chips. Now it’s GM’s turn to put a hold on things (again).
It’s reported that GM will temporarily stop production of the 2021 Corvette next week because of a parts shortage. Automotive News was able to talk to spokesperson Dan Flores who said:
“Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of March 1. 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.”
What it comes down to is that they can’t push out the C8s fast enough. U.S. deliveries of the newest Corvette shot up 158% during the fourth quarter and increased 20% for all of 2020. In fact, in January of 2021 the C8 was the fastest selling car in the country.
This isn’t the first time GM has hit pause. Back in October, the automaker shut down the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky due to supply chain disruptions.