GM North American President Mark Reuss brought some very good news to state and local community leaders in Bowling Green as well as for the 500 employees of the Corvette Assembly Plant and Corvette lovers everywhere. General Motors will be investing $131 million in the plant for upgrading tooling and machinery and will create as many as 250 new jobs in advance of producing the up-coming C7 Corvette.
At the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, we talked with Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman. Dave came to Bowling Green last August and calls his assignment a “dream job”. We spoke about the shortage of the metallic paint pigment Xirallic and if that will effect production of the Centennial’s Carbon Flash paint, the investment in the plant by GM (being announced today btw), and the people who build the greatest sports car in the world.
Great news from General Motors today regarding the sales of America’s favorite sports car. In April 2011, sales of the Corvette shot up to 1,454 – the highest reported sales figure in the last 19 months! Deliveries last month were 33.5% higher than April 2010’s 1,089 and for Calendar Year to Date, General Motors has sold 4,293 to lead 2010’s 3,522 figure by 21.9%. Sales of Corvettes haven’t been this high since September of 2009 when 1,585 Corvettes were sold.
** The PDF version of the 2012 Corvette slide show has been added.
One of the major highlights of the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash is the Corvette Team walking us through the changes and new updates for the upcoming model year. On Saturday morning of the Bash, it was standing room only in the Chevrolet Theater as Corvette Team members Harlan Charles, Tadge Juechter, Craig Sass and Kirk Bennion participated in the “What’s New for 2012” slide show. Each member of the team took their turn on the microphone to go over their specific area of concentration.
The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires found on the upcoming 2012 Corvette Z06 and ZR1’s represent the pinnacle of performance for tires on a Corvette and they are another example of the technology transfer from the racing team to the production sports car. This video from GM was part of the 2012 Corvette data dump which came out last Thursday while we were in route to the Corvette Museum. As an added twist to the introduction of the new tire for Corvette, team members at the C5/C6 Bash stated that another run of the Nurburgring may be in order.
During the Corvette Team’s presentation at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, Product Manager Harlan Charles discussed the production statistics of the 2011 Corvette. As of April 26th, there have been 12,185 Corvettes produced with the Grand Sport accounting for 59% of production. Additionally, most buyers of the Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sports are opting for the 3LT package.
After seeing the Carbon Flash Metallic paint up close and in person, I was blown away at the sparkle and shine that radiates from the car under the bright Kentucky sunshine. It’s a spectacular color that lends itself well to Corvettes and should cause a lot of buyers to plunk down the extra cash for the 1-year special edition Corvette. At the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash on Friday morning, the first three Corvettes of 2012, all Centennial Editions, were unveiled in front of a crowd of Corvette owners and enthusiasts.
The Corvette Team continued their roll out of changes and updates to the 2012 Corvette at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. During this morning’s slide show of what’s new for the 2012 Corvette, we saw a new aftermarket wheel called the Torque 2. The wheel will be available from dealers through the Genuine Corvette Accessories catalog.
Although the 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette made its public debut at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction earlier this month, today is the day that the special edition was unveiled to a throng of owners and enthusiasts at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. We will be updating the gallery thoughout the day here as well as on our Facebook page.