Over the weekend at Corvettes at Carlisle, select GM engineers in attendance gave a series of quickie seminars (5-10 minutes and then Q&A) at the top of each hour. On Saturday morning, Steve Grilli, Bowling Green Assembly’s Quality Manager spoke and confirmed that retail production for the 2014 Corvette Stingray is underway as well as some other interesting tidbits of Stingray news.
We missed the seminar so we are relying on a Corvette Forum thread started by forum member MDK9950 who appears to have taken some decent notes.
The biggest news is that 2014 Corvette Stingray retail production has officially began. Members on the forums who have submitted orders have started receiving their VINs and customers are reporting that their order has moved to Status Code “3800” which means that their Corvette has been produced.
But just because the Corvettes have been produced doesn’t mean they are shipping right out. Remember that John Fitzpatrick told us that the new Corvette Stingrays will undergo a quality assessment process so it may still be another month before these cars are actually shipped from Bowling Green. Look for status code “4200” which will indicate to the customer that the vehicle has shipped.
Grilli said the plant is currently producing about 20 cars per day, but will be ramping it up to about 18.5 Corvettes per hour which equals 135 Corvettes per day and 30,000 cars per year. That’s about the same volume of Corvettes that we saw produced annually in 2005-2008 prior to the Carpocalype and GM’s bankruptcy. If memory serves me correct, the final C6s were built at a rate of around 8.5 per hour.
In other production news, Grilli announced that the C7 Test Fleet which comprises just over 200 Corvette Stingrays have completed 1,000,000 miles of real world testing last week. GM subcontracts the testing of Corvettes to a third party.
Finally, Grilli gave a couple of updates on the two known Corvette Stingray crashes which include the Laguna Blue Corvette in Arizona and the Cyber Gray Stingray t-boned by the Lincoln Towncar in Detroit. The Laguna Blue Corvette had its body panels and frame repaired and it was put back into service. The Cyber Gray C7 is waiting for body parts (fender, door, quarter panel) and will go back into service once the repairs are complete. As a testament to driver safety, both C7 Corvette drivers walked away from their accidents with no injuries.
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