The first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette has been well-received by the marketplace, but it’s been stifled by production shutdowns that have greatly reduced volumes. GM is aiming to address that by adding a second shift to the Corvette’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.
In a stroke of really bad luck for the C8 Corvette, last year’s long-lasting United Auto Workers union strike started just as C8 production was ramping up and orders were stacking up. The strike ultimately delayed the start of production until February of this year. Then the plant had to shutdown again in March of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These two bottlenecks have led GM to produce only 2,700 copies of the new Corvette so far. In fact, it was speculated that the 2,700 would conclude the entire 2020 model year run, but GM ultimately decided to continue 2020 production after the COVID-19 shutdown.
With just one shift Bowling Green can churn out 95 C8’s a day. According to CorvetteBlogger the plant was able to churn out 140 copies on Sept. 1st, the first day of running two shifts.
The increase in throughput should significantly reduce wait times for the lucky folks who have a C8 on order. There’s reportedly 20,000 C8 orders remaining, which will still outpace the planned production for the 2020 model year.