The C8 Corvette has already proven to be a successful product for Chevrolet. In fact, the mid-engine sports car has been the fastest selling vehicle in the United States for the past four months now. Of course part of the reason for these rapid transactions comes down to the fact that General Motors has had a hard time meeting customer demand. Since before the C8 even made its initial sales debut, GM’s halo car has been plagued by everything from a UAW strike, plant closures, and most notably supplier issues. Unfortunately for fans of America’s sports car, it doesn’t appear things are getting better. According to a new message sent from GM to their dealer network, all remaining 2021 C8 Corvette allocations have officially been canceled. Thanks to the team at Corvette Action Center, we have the message to share with you.
The Message To Dealers:
“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 (event code 3000 and above). Additionally, as we move into the third model year of the mid-engine Corvette, we will evolve to the Available Days’ Supply (ADS) allocation methodology used for all Chevrolet allocation groups, eliminating the need for any special allocation guides.”
What It Means
This new notice comes after General Motors halted customer orders for the 2021 C8 Corvette back in March. In the interim, dealers were still able to place stock orders for their showrooms based on their allocation numbers from the automaker. This is no longer the case, and we’re sure dealers nor customers will be happy about the change. Then again, we’ve known that this could happen for a month or so at this point. When GM reportedly confirmed that 2022 C8 Corvette production will start on September 6, the automaker was openly weary of confirming allocation numbers for the remainder of the 2021 model year.
As we enter the third year of the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette, things continue to be uneasy. For the second time in as many years, GM has ended up kicking customers down the road. Everyone understands that the auto industry has had a tough time in recent months due to the effects of the pandemic, but this sort of thing has to be really frustrating. As we said last year, here’s to hoping that the situation is different for the 2022 C8 Corvette lineup.