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Chevrolet ramping up for 2014 Corvette production

 Chevrolet ramping up for 2014 Corvette production
Corvette Vision Concept AKA SIDESWIPE in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Can't come soon enough

GM has announced plans to invest $131 (€88.1) million into the Bowling Green assembly plant to support production of the next-generation Corvette.

Without providing specifics, Chevrolet said the plant will continue to build the current-generation model for "at least the next two model years." This implies the redesigned Corvette won't be launched until the 2014 model year - at the earliest.

According to Mark Reuss, GM President of North America, "This is a significant day for anyone who believes that America should build world-class, high-performance products. [The] Corvette has no domestic peer for performance and pedigree and stands alongside the world's best supercars with almost 60 years of continuous heritage."

As we have previously reported, the Corvette C7 is expected to be smaller and lighter than the current model. There has been speculation that a V6 could be offered, but GM denied those claims and indicated a hybrid is more likely. As for styling, we expect the car will borrow a few cues from the Stingray concept which was prominently featured in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

Source: GM

Corvette Muscle: GM Invests $131 Million in Bowling Green

About 250 additional jobs in Kentucky to support next-generation Chevrolet sports car

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - General Motors said Wednesday it will invest $131 million in the Bowling Green Assembly plant to support production of the next generation Chevrolet Corvette, adding about 250 jobs.

"This is a significant day for anyone who believes that America should build world-class, high-performance products," said Mark Reuss, GM North America president. "Corvette has no domestic peer for performance and pedigree and stands alongside the world's best supercars with almost 60 years of continuous heritage.

"This investment in Kentucky is among $3.4 billion made in the United States since mid-2009 to keep or create more than 9,000 jobs for American workers," Reuss said.

The announcement came at an event held at the plant with employees and several special guests, including Gov. Steve Beshear. The governor last June signed a bill designating the Corvette as the official state sports car of Kentucky.

"Kentucky has a longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship with GM and this significant investment further demonstrates the strength of our partnership," Beshear said.

The plant in Bowling Green is scheduled to continue building the current generation Corvette for at least the next two model years, including the 2012 model year that begins this summer. During this period, the investment starts to take effect, preparing the facility for the next-generation Corvette.

Bowling Green is the exclusive manufacturer of all versions of the Chevrolet Corvette -Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1. Corvette's current generation, the sixth in its 58-year history, has seen the car enter the realm of the world's highest-performing cars.

Nearly 400 production workers, represented by the UAW Local 2164, assemble these vehicles on a one-shift, 10-hour, Monday-Thursday production schedule. The plant employs many specialized operations, including unique hand-crafted techniques. Bowling Green has been home to Corvette production since 1981.

"We need to rebuild the great American middle class. There is no better way to achieve this worthy goal than providing meaningful jobs like the ones being created in Bowling Green," said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton. " Our members have earned this investment through their hard work focused on the Corvette customers' unique desire for high performance, quality, and style.

"I offer my congratulations to a great American Union Workforce, Local 2164, for a job well done."

The additional jobs will be filled in accordance with the United Auto Workers -GM National Agreement.

Approximately 50,000 tourists visit the Bowling Green plant annually to catch a glimpse of the manufacturing process, some even watching their new cars being completed before taking delivery from the neighboring National Corvette Museum.

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bleed
I dont think they are able to build this car , and im sure that they have build that car by mistake , this car have been in my dreams for a very long time and I think chevy will keep kids dreaming hpoe and wait for this car , if this car like they said 2014 all the above comments member will have this car gift from me
May 15, 2011 11:44 pm
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s2k_turbo
The best thing about this car is logo
May 5, 2011 12:34 pm
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Wunderkind
It should be easy to ramp up production of these Corvettes. They all have cardboard interiors and all the investments required are more scissors and glue.
May 5, 2011 9:53 am
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Max_Speed
haha you made me chuckle
May 6, 2011 1:24 am
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GTurbo
On the contrary, this is a car that can work wonders for Chevy's image. However, I am more interested in the interior finish.
May 5, 2011 8:51 am
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buruchaga
It would look like a horror movie on the road and many kids could have nightmare. This looks hell hideous.
May 5, 2011 5:02 am
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Microice
Why they never made a Stingray special edition with the split back window, God knows!!
May 4, 2011 8:37 pm
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Han Solo
I think it is OK, except for the Headlights... and maybe a tad too much accentuated curves. What is it with Americans and Swept Back Headlights? They are ugly. I think the best Headlights that GM came up with are those of the 80's to 90's Pontiac Firebird/ Trans Am, Corvette C5, 93-97 Camaro and the latest Camaro.
May 4, 2011 8:19 pm
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mnovakowski
Please tell me this is not what the new vette will look like. This monstrosity is hideous.
May 4, 2011 5:58 pm
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Cootje
+1. If it is meant to be a retro look, then please skip the stupid reararches at the back dn make it have headleads as they had on the C3 model.
May 5, 2011 10:47 am
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