It’s been almost two years since Corvette enthusiasts were last able to tour the Bowling Green Assembly Plant to see new Corvettes being built. The tours were shut down just before the plant underwent a three-month refurbishment that started in August 2017. So far, GM and the NCM have been vague on when tours will restart for the public but most believe that tours would resume once the C8 Corvette starts production.
The good news is that it does look like things may be progressing back to the tours restarting, at least during major events at the Museum.
An email from the NCM addressed to Lifetime and ‘Spire Society’ members were sent out this morning offering the unique opportunity to take a tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant during the NCM Bash on Wednesday, April 24 – Thursday, April 25th. The NCM will allow 100 VIP guests to get a sneak peek of the new plant layout as well as process improvements and efficiency changes that have been implemented. During the tour, guests will see the 7th generation Corvettes being assembled.
“We at General Motors recognize that the customer is at the center of everything we do,” said Kai Spande, Plant Manager. “The culture of Chevrolet Corvette is based around the relationships we have with our customers. We truly value the many up-close, one-on-one communication opportunities we have to interact and solicit feedback from them.”
The VIP tours are 75 minutes long and will be limited to 20 guests per tour. The tours will be offered on Wednesday, April 24 at 12pm (noon), 12:30pm and 1pm CT, and on Thursday, April 25 at 9am CT. The cost to tour the Corvette Assembly Plant can be secured for a $500 tax-deductible donation per person.
The National Corvette Museum will open the Registration Page for the exclusive Assembly Plant tour on Monday, March 25th at 9am CT.
“We want the loyal supporters of Corvette to be the first to see the changes at the plant. While they will see 2019 7th generation Corvettes being assembled, the experience is best for those who have toured the plant in the past, as the focus of the tour is not the build of the car but rather the improvements that have been made to the processes. These changes have secured the highest quality Corvette to-date, and we’re excited to show off what we’ve done to improve our car for our customers,” added Kai.
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