The waiting game continues.
The era of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray didn't begin the way the automaker had hoped. While the new Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible themselves are just fine, despite a few issues here and there, production woes began early on. First, there was the five-week-long UAW strike and then the coronavirus pandemic struck. Since then, the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, like other vehicle manufacturing facilities, has suffered from supplier-related issues additional forcing shutdowns.
And now that's happened to the Corvette plant, according to a report from Corvette Forum. A copy of the email sent to an affected customer was obtained to confirm the delay, and Chevy issued a statement as well.
"Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of February 1. 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, February 8."
This is now the third time the factory has been forced to close following its reopening last May after a two-month closure. The first time was last November but only lasted two days. Under normal operating conditions, the Corvette Assembly Plant works in two shifts, completing between 92-94 vehicles per shift, totaling 930-940 new Vettes for every five-day workweek.
Earlier this month, Chevy delivered the first 2021 Corvette to its very happy new owner. Brian M. Bowling's original C8, a 2020 model, caught on fire due to an apparent oil leak with just 500 miles on its clock. This special 2021 C8 was GM's way of making up for the incident.
Fortunately, Bowling got his car before this latest temporary shutdown. The current situation is not by any means the end of the world, but it must be frustrating for anxious C8 customers.