Chevrolet Corvette Production Tripped Up With Parts Shortages

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette remains hard to get almost three years after its introduction, and it appears hopeful buyers may have a little longer to wait for their new sports car. Automotive News reported that General Motors is pausing production at the Bowling Green, Kentucky facility that builds the Corvette due to a temporary parts shortage.

Production is scheduled to resume on February 27, and company executives said the decision is unrelated to the massive chip shortages that have plagued the industry over the last year and change.

“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,” a spokesperson told Automotive News

Regardless of the cause, the production pause is terrible news for Corvette buyers and General Motors. The Bowling Green plant employs 1,300 people and builds the Corvette Stingray and Z06, both of which already had more than a year-long waiting list in some cases. Depending on how allocations play out, some dealers expect a three- to four-year wait for a new Z06, so any further delays will not be met with enthusiasm.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Feb 22, 2023

    "Parts shortages."

    In other news, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is still dead.

    • Ravenuer Ravenuer on Feb 23, 2023

      So build them with three-on-the-tree and no R&H. Just like the old days.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Feb 22, 2023

    Big 3 love this. Constrained production = record RECORD profits! freaking crime going on 2 years.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Feb 22, 2023

    Are they punking us on purpose?

  • Pickypilot Pickypilot on Feb 22, 2023

    I was surprised when Byer's Chevrolet, where I purchased my Zeus Bronze coupe with 3LT and Z51 package, offered to take it in on trade for a '23 3LT for a difference of $7,200. (without Z-51) which would be extra. The offer expires at the end of the month.

    I know that Zeus Bronze was the rarest color and was dropped the following year, but I have a difficult time understanding what the catch might be.

    Would it have to be an ordered car I wouldn't get for a year?

    No thanks. I like mine just fine.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Feb 22, 2023

      Zeus Bronze is a great colour. All I've seen is red, white, or black. No creativity at all.