The first Chevrolet Corvette C7 will roll off the company’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly line on June 30th, 2013 – 60 years to the day after the first Corvette was built. Or at least that’s what Reuters is reporting, based on supplier information.
While Reuters quotes “…two suppliers familiar with the automaker’s plans but are not authorized to speak on behalf of GM,” the official line from General Motors, according to Automotive News, is that production will begin in August or September of 2013. But a six-month retooling process is scheduled to begin in February, and the timing coincides perfectly with the June 30th anniversary.
Orders for the C6 car will cease in December, with the C7 debuting right before the 2013 North American International Auto Show press days. The new car is said to be smaller and lighter, with a more upscale interior. Only two parts have been carried over from the C6 Corvette, as GM is attempting to appeal to younger buyers who would normally gravitate towards foreign sports cars.
GM will announce details on their new generation of small-block V8 engines on October 24th, but they did release the newly re-designed Corvette logo, shown above.