If you don’t know whether or not the Corvette Assembly Plant is running at any given time this month, you are not alone.
After being closed the first two weeks of February for supply issues related to aluminum structures and transmissions, and then losing several more days to a wicked winter storm last week, the C8 Corvette assembly line will be stopped once again next week following another transmission parts supply issue.
That bit of bad news comes from the Detroit News which has confirmed the plant will be shut down the week of March 1st over continuing transmission parts supply issues.
“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, March 8,” GM spokesman David Barnas said in a statement to The Detroit News [subscription required].
The Corvette Assembly Plant runs two shifts and during a normal production week, a total of 930 Corvettes can be produced. According to trackers who follow C8 Corvette production, the plant has only been able to complete 677 Corvettes this month through February 23rd. So far, the plant has produced 5,357 Corvettes for the 2021 model year.
The Detroit News also says the ongoing semiconductor chip supply issue is causing disruptions for automakers. GM has tried to mitigate impact to its best selling and highest profit vehicles that include full-size trucks, SUVs, and the Corvette. Unfortunately, critical parts supply issues with vendors are what’s keeping that from happening. The Corvette Assembly Plant is expected to reopen on Monday, March 8th.
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