Since 1981, Bowling Green has been the home of Corvette production and it looks like the Kentucky assembly plant is on tap to build the next generation Corvette as well. According to a report from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, GM is considering a possible $131.1 million project at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. To help sway the manufacturer, the board announced it was offering the automaker $7.5 million in incentives for the new project.
Article contributed by Mark Leevan
The National Corvette Homecoming’s 30th, on July 14-16, 2011, is a big one and will be shared with the Corvette Assembly plant. This features a plant manager’s seminar, a new Road Tour, golf tournament, GM new vehicle debut, and the most anticipated events, a 30 year Corvette display, one for every year since the Bowling Green Corvette plant’s opening and the very first Homecoming!
Article Contributed by Steve Burns
Each January marks the annual festival known as the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. This year’s sale is significant as its Barrett-Jackson’s 40th anniversary event. Support events kicked off January 9th and hit full speed on January 15th. Included among the 1,000+ cars selling at no reserve are roughly 130 corvettes. Over the next few days we’ll take a look and some of the more significant Vettes crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson.
First up we’ll take a look at a couple of 1981 Corvette Coupes – Lots 441 and 441.1. Right now you’re probably wondering why we’re featuring a pair of 1981 Corvettes – especially 2 beige colored ones. If you caught B-J’s 2010 Las Vegas event, you’ll probably recall seeing this duo as they sold for charity for $300,000. The winning bidder promptly donated the cars back and here they are again for Scottsdale 2011.
Thanks to Corvette Conti, we have a couple of charts detailing 2011 model year Corvette production. Buyers are still flocking to the Grand Sport models which combined, makes up 54% of total Corvette production. As far as popular colors, the numbers are following the recent trend of Black being the most popular choice followed by the two Reds and Cyber Gray.
Yesterday it was announced that Dave Tatman would be taking the helm of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant on August 1st following the reassignment of Bob Parcell, who will be taking over the Lordstown plant in anticipation of the launch of the 2011 Chevy Cruze. Tatman becomes the fourth manager of the Corvette Assembly Plant in just over three years and calls BGAP “the crown jewel of GM’s assembly plants”. We got the bio of Dave Tatman which can be read after the jump.
At 8 am this morning it was announced that Bob Parcell (pictured on the right), manager of GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant, has been reassigned as the plant manager at Lordstown Assembly in Lordstown, Ohio, effective August 1. Bob will lead the launch the brand new Chevrolet Cruze. Dave Tatman, current plant manager at Warren Transmission, will be Bowling Green’s new plant manager.
Since 1981, the Chevrolet Corvette has called Bowling Green home. But a news report by a Michigan television station suggests that America’s Sports Car may be moving its production to Lansing.
With hundreds of Corvette plant assembly workers looking on, Governor Beshear signed into law House Bill #104 declaring the Chevrolet Corvette the Official Sports Car of the State of Kentucky. Gov Beshear appropriately used an Arctic White Corvette ZR1 as his podium for the signing event at the assembly plant.
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is one of nine plants that will remain open throughout the summer as GM works to meet customer demand. Like all GM assembly plants. BGAP normally schedules an annual summer shutdown during the first two weeks of July for maintenance or performing upgrades that is can only do when the assembly line is silent. But due to low inventories, GM will keep producing vehicles.
Production of the 2010 Corvette model has wrapped up and GM has released the final production statistics for the 2010 Corvette model year. The final count of Corvettes produced for MY 2010 is 12,194. That’s a decrease of 28.1% from 2009′s 16,956 production and a whopping 65.5% off the 35,310 Corvettes produced in 2008.