Chevrolet Closes Corvette Plant to Public Ahead of C7 Production Retooling

If you’re waiting for the new Chevrolet Corvette, you’re still going to have to wait a while, but General Motors delivered its biggest hint to date this week when it suspended public tours of its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant responsible for making the Corvette sports car.
Between 40,000 and 50,000 members of the public tour the Bowling Green facility every year, but GM says that it is stopping tours indefinitely while it retools the plant to get ready for the next Corvette. Those tours, it would seem, will have to wait, as will Chevrolet’s special program that allows Corvette buyers to watch their cars being built and purchase photos from the build.
The production process itself won’t stop, however, and there hasn’t been any word of delays or slowdowns in making the last of the C6s. In fact, GM spokespeople tell the News the opposite is true: Bowling Green workers are working overtime to meet demand for the current Corvette. GM has also added 100 workers to help retool the plant for the C7, and plans to hire 150 more in the near future.
We already knew that the C7 Corvette was coming soon–we’ve already seen spy photos of it and heard murmurs about new and updated powertrains–but this move is the largest hint to date as to when the car will finally make it to dealerships. With retooling already underway in Bowling Green and instrumented test vehicles already on public roads, signs point to a debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. A January 2013 debut would point to a mid- to late-2013 sale date as a 2014-model-year vehicle.
Source: Detroit News

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