Corvette Production Halted Due to Parts Shortage

A silver C8 Corvette on the production line at GM's facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
A silver C8 Corvette on the production line at GM's facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Production of the Chevrolet Corvette at General Motors’ Bowling Green, Kentucky plant has been halted this week because of a temporary parts shortage. A GM spokesperson tells us that production is set to resume on Monday, February 27th.

The plant employs 1,385 people, and it builds the Corvette Stingray as well as the Corvette Z06. A GM representative would not confirm exactly what part was causing the holdup, but they did tell Automotive News it “is not semiconductor chip-related.”

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“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,” Trevor Thompkins, a spokesperson for GM, told Jalopnik in a statement. He added that only the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Z06 are being impacted. No other GM products are facing any sort of production halt at the moment.

This isn’t the first time the Bowling Green plant has had to shut down for a short period of time. In November of 2020 and February of 2021 it had to stop C8 production because of supply chain issues brought on by the pandemic. Things were going fairly smooth until December 2021, when a tornado ripped through parts of the factory and the National Corvette Museum. Parts of busted up Corvettes eventually ended up being sold on eBay.

Corvettes aren’t the only vehicles impacted by production halts. Ford recently had to pause F-150 Lightning production because of a fire issue, and the chip shortage is still a big issue for a lot of manufacturers.

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