The supply chain is the reason for the halt but it's not the semiconductor.
The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette has been subjected to the most frustrating production cycle due to the catastrophic supply chain constraints and other production-related incidents. Just a few days ago, a report revealed that General Motors was being forced to completely halt production altogether. It was suggested that this was because crucial features such as tire pressure sensors and the front and rear spoilers were suffering from severe shortages.
This was just days after it was revealed that the Magnetic Ride Control option was temporarily removed from the list of options. With a low count of semiconductor chips, the company had to sacrifice this crucial dynamic feature to get the cars out of the factory.
The initial report didn't outline what exactly was causing the halt but thanks to new information sourced by Automotive News, we now have some idea of what is going on at the Bowling Green plant and when we can expect things to get up and running again.
It's now clear that this is due to the shortage of parts, as confirmed by company spokesperson Trevor Thompkins who says, "Our supply chain, manufacturing, and engineering teams are working closely with suppliers to mitigate further impacts on production."
With both the first and second shifts being stopped until March 28, it may be a brief halt, but we can expect this to drastically add to the existing backlog of Corvette owners. GM didn't offer any information on which parts it was lacking in its supply this time around but spokesperson Dan Flores did clarify that it was not the semiconductor. He added that the Corvette is the only product from GM being subjected to a production halt.
This is also a layer of issues being loaded onto the Corvette line workers who were proposing a strike earlier this year because they were unhappy with labor conditions. The United Auto Workers (UAW) union revealed that they were having difficulties with Chevrolet's management who was not showing any willingness to settle on its demands.
Last year alone, Chevrolet was able to sell 33,041 Corvettes. This is a 53% increase over 2019 and with demand still being fairly high for the first-ever mid-engine example, these incidents aren't helping the updated generation of the car achieve its potential success. Let's hope the issues are ironed out soon so that customers can enjoy their Corvettes with the best possible manufacturing quality.