According to the latest news from GM, the build out date for 2021 Corvette production and start of production date for the 2022 Corvette remain in question
During the first week of May, GM announced that the start of 2022 Corvette production would begin on September 6th. However, that all changed after we only saw a week’s worth of production in May due to repeated parts shortages at the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant. Ever since then, GM has been rather vague about when we could see 2021 Corvette production come to an end and the start of 2022 Corvette production. As of today, are still up in the air.
Chevrolet dealers have now received version 6 of GM’s FINAL CONSENSUS / DOSP / ORDER FLOW TIMING report outlining build out dates for the 2021 model year and start of production dates for the 2022 model year. The document covers all of GM’s U.S. brands including Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet.
The document is split into two sections – 2021 MODEL YEAR VEHICLE BUILD-OUT and 2022 MODEL YEAR VEHICLE START-UP.
While almost all of the other models per brand have set dates for the 2021 model year build out, the Corvette has “TBD” indicating that the last date for 2021 Corvette production has yet to be determined.
The same holds true for the 2022 Corvette model year with “TBD” listed for the start-up date. However, order entry will be available starting July 1st, with initial consensus expected to begin later in the month during cycle 2.
Given that GM has now committed to only building out 2021 Corvette orders sitting at status code 3000 or higher, I would have expected this to relieve a lot of pressure on the BGCAP and more definitive production dates outlined by GM. Apparently, that’s not the case.
It begs the question – could Corvette production be facing additional supply chain shortages coming down the pipeline and GM knows that trying to finish the 2021 model year by September is going to be a far stretch?
While automotive manufacturers are slowly pulling back the shutters on some of their assembly plants that have been hit hard by the pandemic-induced supply chain issues over the last year, I think it’s fair to assume, we’re not totally out of the woods just yet.
Production of the 2021 Corvette seems to be chugging right along the last couple of weeks. Let’s keep are fingers crossed and hope it continues full steam ahead without any further interruptions.