GM Runs Out of Corvette Parts, Production Paused

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
gm runs out of corvette parts production paused

The C8 Chevrolet Corvette has certainly seen its share of hardships. Despite the vehicle receiving almost unanimous approval from those fortunate enough to get some cockpit time, it has been subject to numerous delays through no fault of its own. Union negations held last fall resulted in a 40-day UAW strike that pushed assembly of the mid-engine Corvette from the tail end of 2019 to the start of 2020. Of course, this butted its launch up against a global pandemic that forced General Motors to shut down production facilities for two months. Shutdowns likewise affected parts suppliers who were also made subject to government restrictions, causing bottlenecks across the industry.

Combined, these issues have forced GM to reduce the number of planned options. Many parts were proving too difficult to source with any reliability and the cars have become notoriously difficult to procure. While the manufacturer has said it would continue building the 2020 model year for as long as possible, supply is unlikely to meet demand until 2021. But the headaches haven’t abated just yet; GM has been forced to stall production on the C8 this week after running out of the necessary parts.

Corvette Blogger broke the story late last week, with CNET confirming the production postponement just days before General Motors issued an official announcement.

“Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of October 12th,” explained a corporate spokesperson. “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.”

When that does happen, it’s unclear if the model will have enough parts availability for GM to relaunch the 2nd production shift, however. The manufacturer spent most of the year without it due to part shortages, with the line opening up at the start of September. With the model once again confronting a lack of materials, 2nd shift could remain on hiatus for a while longer.

For now, the company seems confident that things will be remedied by October 19th. But it has not committed itself to maintain the 2nd shift or identifying which Corvette parts had dried up to cause the production stall. As things currently stand, GM is targeting just over 20,000 examples for the 2020 model year (by December) and is estimated to have completed about 13,000 thus far.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Oct 12, 2020

    As I said last year, C8s and late C7s will be hot collector's items. I wouldn't be surprised if there are further problems for C8 production and/or sales in 2021.

  • JMII JMII on Oct 12, 2020

    Early C8's especially convertibles are like hen's teeth. GM has a very desirable model yet can't make enough of them. UGH this must super frustrating to them. Even if they made 20k this year I'd bet that is about 20k behind the current demand. The only good news is this has lifted the C7 market. For example my '14 Z51 3LT is worth the same or slightly more then I paid for it 2 years ago based on CarGurus. I've never owned a used car that has gone UP in value.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Oct 12, 2020

      Not surprising because its the Z51. Base model not so much more than likely.

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