GM / Factory News
We’ve known the Corvette Assembly Plant has a bunch of angels for a long time.
After all, they share the gift of Corvettes with thousands of us enthusiasts each year.
But now the Bowling Green workers are taking it a step further as they’re again taking part in the Salvation Army Angels program this holiday season.
Photo Credit: (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The beautiful sound of that Corvette Stingray engine humming down the highway could well be the theme song for the Tonawanda Engine Plant, where the seventh-generation Corvette’s powerplant is being manufactured.
Life hasn’t always been so rosy for the New York plant, which suffered through the auto industry downturn during the recent recession but has roared back to life with a vengeance thanks to the success of the new Stingray.
Chevrolet has made no secret that it hopes to lure away some of those Porsche, BMW, and Ferrari owners living overseas with its new seventh-generation Stingray.
Now, General Motors has released the first details and images of the 2015 Corvette Stingray all dressed up in its European clothes.
If you live overseas, though, you can expect to pay considerably more than if you live in America.
General Motors released their latest monthly sales report and sales of the Corvette remain very strong with 2,378 Corvettes delivered in November 2014. However, sales did dip slightly by -5.9% from November 2013′s 2,527 deliveries.
For the calendar year to date (January-November 2014), GM has sold 31,287 Corvettes for a 119% gain over 2013′s sales of 14,286. Remember that in 2013, the factory was shut down for half the year while it was retooled for C7 production.
It appears that Chevrolet is happy with the start of production of the C7 Corvette Z06 – so much so that that customer cars have started to ship to customers from the assembly plant in Bowling Green.
When the Stingray was launched last year, Chevrolet delayed the shipping as the automaker pursued an aggressive quality assessment regiment to insure everything was just right and some customer cars were held well over a month. Now, just three weeks after the start of production, the all-new Corvette Z06s are on their way to dealers and the Corvette Museum for customer delivery.
After a week of teases Chevrolet took the wraps off the new Chaparral 2X Vision GT (VGT) Concept yesterday at the LA Auto Show. The futuristic Vision GT Concept, which was made for the PlayStation 3 game Gran Tursimo 6, is inspired by the Chevrolet’s collaboration with Chaparral which goes back more than 45 years.
This week marks a special milestone for the 2015 Corvette Z06. The Corvette Assembly Plant just completed its first retail production of the new 650 horsepower Z06, a Black coupe that will go to Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick.
Earlier this year, Hendrick paid one million dollars at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach to own the first retail VIN of the Corvette Z06 with the proceeds of that sale going to charity.