Chevy Corvette production suspended further for fourth time

Workers were supposed to return this week to the Bowling Green plant, but that didn't happen.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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2020 Chevy Corvette
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2020 Chevy Corvette

Shut down. Again.

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Production of the 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray is, once again, shut down. If you're not keeping track (like I am), this is now the fourth time  pressed pause on production of the sports car. The shutdown started Jan. 29, according to a Corvette Blogger report from and workers were supposed to return to start building the car on Feb. 8.

But, workers didn't return on this week like Chevy originally expected. A spokesperson told Roadshow, "Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of February 8. 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 15."

The brand didn't speak about what there's actually a shortage of, so it's not clear what led to the disruption this time. Back in November when production stopped for a third time, Chevy declined to disclose what parts shortages caused the shutdown, so it's highly unlikely we'll learn more this time.

As I said, the eighth-generation  had a rocky road since GM revealed the mid-engine sports car. A United Auto Workers strike originally pushed production by a couple months, and when production finally did get off the ground, the coronavirus pandemic hit. GM joined nearly every other major automaker in shutting down auto production to slow the spread of the virus last March, and it took Corvette production offline with it. GM also had a one-week-long shutdown last October for other supplier issues.

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