Listen, the automotive landscape has not seen much of good news lately. It seems that every week we are talking about another production facility that closes, or a new wave of layoffs. Sales are down, prices are up, no one can pay the car notes, etc.
When there is a small amount of good news, it feels extra good. You know? That's why I'm stoked that Chevrolet employs an additional 400 workers to the Corvette production line in front of the C8 generation tool. That rules.
Today, GM announced that Bowling Green, the Kentucky plant would add a new shift in production. The company expects the new Corvette mid-engine to be a sales success, and do you know what? I hope they are right.
"Corvette's iconic status owes so much to men and women in Bowling Green, where it is built exclusively for nearly 40 years," said GM's CEO Mary Barra. "This is the workforce that can deliver a next-generation Corvette that appreciates both its historical past and an equally exciting future, and today's announcement gives us a step closer to the disclosure on July 18."
GM announced a hundred million dollar investment for retooling the Corvette production facility in 2016, and the entire factory was closed for a few months to implement some new changes in 2017. Furthermore, the ever-popular guided factory tours are canceled to a great extent. later this year.
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The new Corvette production line has been reduced to give workers more time to spend on each process for to strengthen quality control. If General Motors wants to continue over Corvette's MSRP class, which may want to show customers from Porsche or other sports car manufacturers, quality must be a priority.
The base engine for the next generation Corvette, expected to be an updated version of the current LT1 6.2-liter V8, is currently assembled in GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee facility. GM Authority has reported some rumors that the C8 base model production will move into Bowling Green's house, which will also make at least some of the new hires.
Chevrolet has said it will showcase a production-ready C8 corvette on July 18.