Chevrolet Corvette production to shut down again next week, idling through June


A modern car factory is a beautifully tuned machine, capable of running 24/7, producing vehicles around the clock. This is, of course, assuming the required parts appear on time. With just-in-time manufacturing practices now the norm, a small disruption to one part of the supply chain can cause entire production lines to stop milling. It happens again with the Corvette this year, with the Bowling Green plant set to close for the week starting May 24, reports Automotive News.

This is the seventh time by our tally that parts issues have interrupted the line since production began for the 2021 model year, in what is becoming an ongoing headache for General Motors. The company declined to expand on the specific nature of the problem, saying only that it is unrelated to the global microchip shortage currently plaguing the industry. The first production will be able to resume on June 1, a date which, we hope, will not have to be moved away.

Previous shutdowns have occurred from March 1 to March 5 and May 10 to May 17, with the 9-week period between the longest period of full production the 2021 Corvette has yet seen. With a host of issues having arisen earlier in the year, it has been a tough race so far for the Corvette C8.

The pain is only made worse by the fact that the new mid-engined sports car was America’s best-selling car in March.. Corvettes C8s spend just 13.1 days on dealership lot before being sold – more than three times faster than the 49 days on average of other new cars. Obviously there’s a cause and effect here with the Corvette’s limited supply having an impact, but it shows nonetheless that repeated production issues couldn’t come at a worse time. The launch of a new halo model is absolutely the key to success, before the hype dies down and new competitors enter the market. While the C8 is now in its second model year, the updates are minor – and with last year’s delays as well, the car is still the new kid on the block.

GM is likely to overcome the problems in time, as manufacturing engineers who cannot keep production lines running tend to have short careers in the industry. However, in the context of the current semiconductor shortage, it is entirely possible that other factors beyond GM’s control could still derail their plans to build the States’ first mid-engined sports car. -United in real numbers. Time will tell if the crowd of enthusiastic buyers will get behind the wheel of a new Corvette this year.

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