Chevrolet Corvette C8 Production Paused Again Because Of Parts Shortage

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The company hasn't specified which part has caused the problem but said it's not chip crisis-related.

The Corvette assembly facility in Kentucky has been forced to pause production due to a parts shortage, reports Automotive News.

General Motors spokesperson Dan Flores told the publication that the temporary parts shortage "is not semiconductor chip related" but declined to identify which component caused the problem. The chip crisis has previously plagued Corvette production, and in September, constraints were placed on certain parts and equipment.

"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," said GM spokesperson Rachel Bagshaw.

Bowling Green assembles the popular Corvette Stingray and the range-topping Corvette Z06. The facility will also produce the new E-Ray, the first-ever electrified 'Vette, which will go on sale later this year.

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Production is expected to recommence on Monday, February 27.

This isn't the first time production of the all-American sports car has ground to a halt. In March last year, GM was forced to shut the Bowling Green facility owing to supply shortages. Five months later, the automaker had to idle production for an entire week due to the same issue. Interestingly, GM also did not specify the problem then but said it wasn't a result of the chip crisis.

The latest generation Corvette hasn't had the best luck regarding smooth production. Perhaps the biggest challenge it has faced came from a tornado that destroyed more than 120 cars and caused significant damage to the facility.


These setbacks and delays only make things worse for consumers, who are desperate to get their hands on the latest Corvette.

As a result of high demand and low supply, certain dealers have placed excessive markups on Corvettes, knowing that people will pay the extra outlay. We've previously spotted examples of the Z06 selling for $375,000, which is absurd. As a reminder, a bare-bones Z06 has an MSRP of $105,300, highlighting the madness.

General Motors has tried intervening and said these so-called market adjustments are unacceptable. The automaker even threatened to take action against culprits by redirecting their vehicle allocation.

Sadly, it's likely to remain this way until Chevrolet can ramp up Corvette production and get cars to customers.


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