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In a recent memo being sent to all Chevrolet dealers, production for the Chevrolet C8 is going to be on pause for a bit.
"In order to maintain start of production for the 2022 model year Corvette Stingray in late Q3, and as a result of continued unplanned part shortages not related to the industry-wide semiconductor availability issues, General Motors has had to make an adjustment in the number of Corvette Stingrays available for the 2021 model year. As a result, we are withdrawing our June "Outlook" estimate as published in the most recent allocation guide. We are not planning on canceling any accepted 2021 model year Corvette Stingray orders."
2020 was rough for everyone in a multitude of ways, and the economy took a hit with the many industries facing factory shutdowns. We thought 2021 would let up, and for some it has with the vaccine available to get out there and live life, but the recent global shortage of semiconductor chips, there is another problem throttling automakers this year. We talked about the effect the semiconductor shortage is having on the auto industry, with all the big players feeling an effect. That includes General Motors and Chevrolet, and with the rocky start for production of the latest generation of the Chevy Corvette, there may be some delays afoot.
The Bowling Green, Kentucky Corvette Assembly plant is doing its best to keep production going, but the current rate isn’t looking great with only three Chevrolet C8s produced in late May. Oof! With that kind of output, General Motors is going to have to make some tough calls to keep afloat. According to the Corvette Action Center, with the short amount of units currently produced, production for the 2021 Corvette has officially ended. There were plans to get a few more units off the assembly line, but as usual, automakers tend to focus on 2022 models halfway or so into the new year. So, the factory is going to take a chill pill and begin building the 2022 model in early September.
So, for those of you who have already placed orders of the newest generation of the Chevy Corvette before the March 26 cut-off, you may be wondering what is going to happen to the units not yet delivered? Bad news and good news. The bad news is, you’re not getting a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8 anytime soon. Good news is that you will, however, be getting your deposit back – just kidding, everyone gets a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 instead. This may lead some consumers a little miffed, assuming the 2022 model will have different and/or more new features, but as far as Chevrolet has announced, no significant updates have been planned for 2022 models. Besides, the semiconductor shortage is making it tough to build automobiles any more akin to the modern-day computer, anyways.
In the end, anyone who wants to get a Chevy C8 will get their Chevy C8. Not many people like to wait. Patience is in short supply these days, but sometimes waiting makes the price that much sweeter – and in this case, more fun to drive. Follow along with us on NowCar social media to learn when the Chevy C8 is back in production.