2020 Chevrolet Corvette Production Resumes, Gold-Chain Set Relieved

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2020 chevrolet corvette production resumes gold chain set relieved

Last week, we told you a parts shortage had halted production of the Chevrolet Corvette C8.

Now the lines are rolling again.

The parts-shortage shutdown followed production shutdowns due to a UAW strike and the coronavirus pandemic.

Reports now indicate that 800-850 units of Chevy’s flagship sports car are now rolling off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky each week, with plans to continue production of 2020 models deep into December, perhaps right up until the holiday break that ends the year.

This after a second shift was added earlier this month to help catch up to demand.

I just drove the C8 for the first time, and contributor Chris gave it high marks, so demand for the ‘Vette is understandable. It’s a damn good car, and of course it’s also the first model year of a new generation. Always catnip when it comes to iconic models — buyers want to be among the first.

Production of the 2020 has been a mess, but what hasn’t in 2020? The report suggests some 2021s could also be built before year’s end if the production shutdowns don’t mess with the planned timeline too much, but who knows? When it comes to making plans, the only certainty in this crazy year is uncertainty.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Oct 19, 2020

    Perhaps this news is the candle in a dark room that we all need.

  • Akear Akear on Oct 20, 2020

    This is one of the few new vehicles GM has not screwed up. I just wince when I see a GM pickup truck drive by. What a disgrace!

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Oct 20, 2020

    I must be getting old, because I just can't get excited about cars like this anymore. Maybe it's because there are four door sedans now that are equally quick on the street. As for track use, wouldn't a cheap 2000 pound race-optimized car be better suited to that task?

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    • JMII JMII on Oct 20, 2020

      @raph That's what I do. I drive at 8/10ths on track which mitigates some risk. Enjoy the day blasting around Sebring or Homestead then put the car in Tour mode and relax with soft mag-ride setting on the way home. This is another reason why I let my 350Z go... it was good on track but not really an enjoyable daily driver - too loud, too rough. It got to the point where the wife wouldn't even ride in it. I had to make the call to either convert it to a pure track car (strip interior, aero mods, etc) or find something that could perform split duties. This is where the Corvette shines.

  • Moparmann Moparmann on Oct 22, 2020

    I think there are a lot of us out here that are suffering from an advancing case of "OLD", but it beats a terminal case of "DEAD"!! :-)