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Strike Ends as GM and UAW Reach Tentative Agreement

by Keith Cornett on September 26, 2007

General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached an early morning agreement to end the two day strike. The agreement will need to be ratified in the coming days by UAW membership, but it’s expected to pass. Workers are expected back as early as today which will be good news to new Corvette buyers with orders in the system, as well as those expecting to make the journey to Bowling Green to pick up their new car at the National Corvette Museum. CorvetteConti.com and CorvetteBlog.com, both supported and sponsored by Chevrolet stores, offered up the following communications from various GM brass:

GM Dealers,
Subject: Update on UAW Negotiations Earlier today, General Motors and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a new national labor contract, covering approximately 74,000 represented employees. The agreement, subject to member ratification, paves the way for GM to significantly improve its manufacturing competitiveness, providing the basis for maintaining and strengthening its core manufacturing base in the United States. The tentative agreement includes a memorandum of understanding to establish an independent retiree health care trust, as well as other changes to the national agreement. Following ratification, implementation of the memorandum of understanding is subject to approval by the courts, and satisfactory review of accounting treatment with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rick Wagoner sent a message indicating how this agreement will help us close the fundamental competitive gaps that exist in our business. The projected competitive improvements in this agreement will allow us to maintain a strong manufacturing presence in the United States along with significant future investments. The GM negotiating team members and support staff and the UAW bargaining team are to be commended for their dedicated work on this new agreement. I want to personally thank each of you for your continued focus on our customers and for promoting our full lineup of great cars and trucks, including your efforts on the current retail event, which runs through October 1. Importantly, to address any concerns regarding delivery of parts to your dealerships an additional communications from Doug Herberger, Vice President — Service and Parts Operations, will be forwarded to you later today via GM Messenger on DealerWorld. Mark LaNeve
Vice President
Vehicles Sales, Service & Marketing ——————– GM Leaders, General Motors and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a new national labor contract, covering approximately 74,000 represented employees. The agreement, subject to member ratification, paves the way for GM to significantly improve its manufacturing competitiveness, providing the basis for maintaining and strengthening its core manufacturing base in the United States. The tentative agreement includes a memorandum of understanding to establish an independent retiree health care trust, as well as other changes to the national agreement. Following ratification, implementation of the memorandum of understanding is subject to approval by the courts, and satisfactory review of accounting treatment with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This was a very difficult and complex set of negotiations for GM and the UAW. I want to thank all the GM negotiating team members and support staff for their dedicated work on this new agreement. I also want to commend the UAW bargaining team for their professionalism in these negotiations. The next step involves UAW leaders traveling to the plants to explain the new contract and seek ratification. We will communicate the final outcome. Thanks for your support. Regards,
Diana Tremblay
GMNA Vice President – Labor Relations
Perhaps the best message of all is no message. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant has removed the notice informing the suspension of the factory tour and it appears that all will return to normal in a very quick fashion.
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Corvette Assembly Plant UAW Strike Video

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2007

The Bowling Green Daily News has an interesting two minute video shot outside the Corvette assembly plant showing the perspective of the strike from Local UAW 2164. Listen to the disappointment from the line walkers when two tractor-trailers full of new Corvettes leaves the grounds on the way to dealers for delivery. It’s a sad situation for not only the automaker and its workers, but the customers whose Corvettes may be caught in the middle with no time-table for delivery.


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Picket Lines Form at Corvette Assembly Plant as UAW Strikes

by Keith Cornett on September 24, 2007

Corvette assembly line workers picket on Corvette DriveThe United Auto Workers have made good on their threat to carry out a nationwide strike as contract talks with General Motors have stalled. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, about 30 workers formed picket lines at 10:00 am this morning at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant, home of the Corvette and the Cadillac XLR. More workers joined their ranks on Corvette Drive as they left the plant. While the automaker has sufficient stocks to withstand a short strike, the effect on Corvette would probably be more pronounced due to its limited production compared to other GM vehicles. According to Corvette Blog’s National Corvette Stock Report, over 3,100 2008 Corvettes were available on the ground as well as 4,451 2007 Corvettes. The factory churns out 150 Corvettes or so daily so the walkout will probably inconvenience those with current orders as well as those owners opting for the R8C Museum Delivery Option. A message was posted on the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s website that says “GM Tours are suspended until further notice.” Stay with CorvetteBlogger.com as we will continue to monitor the UAW’s strike and its effects on Corvette production.
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UAW Prepares to Strike: Corvette Assembly Plant Targeted

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2007

Corvettes on the Assembly LineAs contract talks between GM and the United Auto Workers continued well past the September 14th deadline, Local 2164 in Bowling Green was mobilizing its membership should the call come down to take to the picket line. In an article appearing Saturday on the Washington Post’s website, Sholnn Freeman writes of the contract negotiations and provides the following insight into the union’s plans as they target the Bowling Green Assembly Plant:

“They just said we need to be ready,” said Eldon Renaud, president of Local 2164 in Bowling Green, Ky., where GM’s Chevrolet Corvette is made. Local officials have delegated strike captains and let people know when they might have to walk the picket line, Renaud said. On Thursday afternoon, workers from the local were making stakes for picket signs, and at 4 a.m. yesterday, a union official returned to Kentucky from a trip to Indianapolis, where he picked up the signs. Renaud said UAW members in Bowling Green would walk the line in four-hour intervals starting at midnight if they get a go-ahead phone call from national union leaders in Detroit. Union members would have to participate in order to qualify for $200 per week in strike benefits. The picket is set to take place at the property line of the Bowling Green plant.
The UAW named GM their Strike Target last Thursday and talks have been underway since then. Once the contract expired at 11:59 p.m on September 14, an extension was agreed to on an hour-by-hour basis. Both sides remained in negotiations throughout the weekend with talks resuming Monday.
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August 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2007

This week’s release of August Corvette Sales by GM shows the demand for Corvette is very strong. Corvette sales in August totalled 2,877 units and for the calendar year (January-August) 23,012 Corvettes have been delivered.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4 Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8 Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%

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July 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2007

We got the July 2007 Corvette sales numbers from GM today which continue to show a month-to-month and year-to-year decline in sales based on last year’s numbers, but with the model change over and a two week hiatus at the factory last month we expect these numbers to rebound. In July 2007, total Corvette sales were 2,377 vs 2,794 in 2006. For the calendar year, sales are at 20,135 vs 21,857 at this time in 2006. With the new 2008 Corvette, we are staying focused on the excitement of the LS3 engine and the newly refreshed interior. According to various sources, constraints are coming to an end for the 3LT and 4LT packages and the new 2008 Corvette exterior colors – Jetstream Blue Metallic and Crystal Red – are slowly making their way to dealer showrooms.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4 Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%

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June 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on July 7, 2007

For the first time this year, GM posted a monthly sales total for Corvette that was higher than last year’s monthly total. June 2007 saw 3,055 Corvettes sell compared to 2,938 Corvettes in June 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (January-June) sales total 17,158 Corvettes, still -6.8% off of the 2006′s Corvette sales of 19,063. A couple of factors worth watching for the rest of year will be to see how the 2008 Corvette, with its upgraded LS3 engine and new interior refinements will sell compared to the 2007 model, which set a yearly production total record for the C6 at 40,561 units. The factory also is in the middle of a two-week hiatus with no Corvettes being produced until the plant restarts production on July 16th, 2007.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-June 17,758 19,063 -6.8%

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Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

With the conclusion of the 2007 Corvette Model Year, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has released the final production numbers for the year. Corvette production for 2007 totaled an astounding 40,561 Corvettes. This is the most Corvettes produced since the introduction of the C4 model in 1984 and only the sixth time in 54 years that Corvette production crossed the 40,000 unit threshold. As with the last few years, Corvette owners still prefer Red Corvettes. The two shades of red, Victory and Monterey, combined for 28.9% of total production. However, the single most popular color for the third straight year was Black, accounting for 23.5% of Corvettes. Second place was Victory Red at 16.5% and Machine Silver third at 13.6%. Atomic Orange, the new color for 2007 that replaced Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic finished at 3,790 Corvettes or 9.3% of production nd more than doubled DSOM’s 1,729 units in 2006. The percentages of Corvettes with orders for the 6-Speed Manual, Paddle Shift Automatic and Z51 6-Speed Manual are relatively unchanged from 2006. I expected to see a decrease in true manual 6-Speeds in favor of the Paddle Shift as it has the Automatic modes, but that was not the case. The MN0 Paddle Shift had an option penetration of 55.3% vs 2006′s 56.1%. Here are the final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 21,484 53%    
Convertibles 10,918 27%    
Z06 Hardtops 8,159 20%    
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Total 40,561 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 2,387 1,312 676 399
19U Le Mans Blue 3,854 2,243 784 827
41U Black 9,526 4,908 2,091 2,527
45U Velocity Yellow 3,755 1,672 843 1,240
67U Machine Silver 5,518 2,887 1,589 1,042
74U Victory Red 6,708 3,556 1,701 1,451
80U Monterey Red 5,023 3,157 1,866 0
83U Atomic Orange 3,790 1,749 1,368 673
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Cashmere 2,813   2,813  
37T Storm Gray 979   979  
41T Ebony 7,126   7,126  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 3,071 1,066 622 1,383
19I Ebony 24,267 13,529 5,334 5,404
31I Light Cashmere 7,359 4,135 3,224 0
84I Light Titanium (Gray) 5,864 2,754 1,738 1,372
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MN6 6-Speed Manual 12,670 3,433 1,078 8,159
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 22,422 14,093 8,329 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 5,469 3,958 1,511 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
P4A Painted Alum Indy Car 500 0 500 0
QG6 Painted Aluminum 7,500 6,422 1,078 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 3,461 2,452 1,009 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 3,459 0 0 3,459
QX1 Gray Painted Aluminum 1,091 945 146 0
QX3 Chrome 19,850 11,665 8,185 0
Q10 Z06 Base 1,457 0 0 1,457
Q44 Z06 Painted 545 0 0 545
Q76 Z06 Chrome 2,698 0 0 2,698
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 13,696 8,966 4,730 0
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 3,558 3,558 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 5,619 2,777 2,842 0
UV6 Heads Up Display 22,948 13,022 9,926 0
U2K XM Satellite Radio 28,897 12,220 9,789 6,888
UE1 OnStar System 18,074 6,935 6,488 4,651
U3U Navigation Radio 20,653 7,661 6,849 6,143
R8C Museum Delivery 1,104 402 288 414
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 34 23 11 0
MAE European Export 1,327 522 87 718
Z49 Canadian Export 860 286 256 318

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A 2007 Corvette being assembled in Bowling GreenThe Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green will begin production of the 2008 Corvette during the week of June 25th. As the 2007 model year concludes, we will have the final production numbers for you. The assembly plant will be closed from June 29th through July 15th and will resume on the 16th. If you are planning on touring the plant, you can reserve your tickets online through the Corvette Museum.
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May 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 4, 2007

Second Quarter continues to remain strong for Corvette sales as the factory had its best sales month this year to date. In May 2007, customers took delivery of 3,300 Corvettes, just 17 less than what was sold in May 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (Jan-May) sales total 14,703 Corvettes. We’re still looking at an year-to-year decline of -8.8% from the 16,125 Corvettes sold in 2006.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%

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