Old Kentucky Home: GM Confirms C8 Corvette Production Site, New Emblem
General Motors has officially announced that the Chevrolet Corvette will continue production in Bowling Green, KY after it transitions into a mid-engined car. The automaker will add 400 new jobs and a second shift to support production of the new model, bringing the factory’s workforce to more than 1,300 individuals.
However, the Corvette news — such as it is — doesn’t end there. The vehicle’s factory-sanctioned Facebook page also revealed the car’s new logo on Friday.
While there’s not too much going on here, a few subtle differences separate it from the current emblem. Chevy gave the new car a deeper V-shaped badge with fewer embellishments, though only Vette fanatics will be able to spot the differences without touching their nose to the paint. The automaker’s media team tossed together a brief video of the logo’s evolution throughout the years to help clarify the changes.
Getting back to assembly, GM said its commitment to the Kentucky plant remains strong, hinting that the company is indebted to the factory that has served as the Corvette’s home since 1981.
“The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.”
While General Motors is undoubtedly trying to shift attention away from the layoffs associated with its multi-billion-dollar restructuring plan, the automaker has put a lot into Bowling Green over the past decade. Since 2011, some $900 million flowed into the facility — resulting in a new body shop, paint shop, Performance Build Center, increased engine capacity, and various other upgrades.
With all that cash flowing into the site, it should surprise no one that C8 production will remain in the model’s old Kentucky home. Vette aficionados just hope that issues reported with the car’s frame and electrical system are nowhere to be found in the production model.
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- Jeff S Some of us don't care either way we are not into this type of car. Most of these will be stored in garages waiting for their value to go up. As someone above noted this is an old body style which is retro 70s Challenger which after researching it came out in the 2008 MY which means a long run for a model that is in its 16th year. I have always liked these but if I bought one I would not spend this kind of money on one probably get the V-6 version and use it as a family car but then I am not into drag racing or muscle cars. For the type of car it is it has a decent rear seat and not too bad of a trunk. Most of us are not going to spend 100k for any vehicle at least currently so its not something most of us will buy and stick in a garage waiting for its value to increase. I am glad that these editions came out for those who can afford them and it keeps a little more color into what has become a very dull vehicle market but then with age I pick the dull appliance like reliable vehicle because that's what I need. Impressive car but not for me.
- Jonathan The Germans. So organized they can appear disorganized. I agree with some others, classic names like Thunderbird, Imperial, Grand Prix, Ambassador etc. just have more appeal.
- Bobbysirhan A friend had one when they first came out. He was CFO of some green California company and could charge the Volt at work. At home, the PHEV gave him an excuse to make his wife park her nicer car outdoors while the Volt get their condo's one-car garage. He liked the Volt, and he spent very little on energy during the 'first one's free!' era of EV ownership. Of course, the green company went bust soon after, and he wound up with a job that involved far more driving and ultimately the need for a more substantial car. I drove the Volt once after his wife had made a return trip to Los Angeles, depleting the battery. I don't know what a first gen Volt drives like with a charged battery, but it was really gutless with two adults, a yellow lab, and a dead battery. My other memory of it was that it had a really cramped back seat for a car that was about as large as a Civic. My friend who bought it liked it though, and that's not always been the case for GM vehicles.
- MrIcky I think the Shakedown is more my speed of the last call editions- but this is impressive.
- Dukeisduke I tried watching the live reveal last night, but after 15 minutes of jawing by MT+ personalities (and yes, I like Chris Jacobs and Alex Taylor), I turned it off.
I worry that GM will, once again, leave product development and testing to the first people who buy one. If I were going to buy one, I'd wait until (at least) after the second year of production.
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