General Motors has commenced shipping out the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from its Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky, arriving at dealerships on Thursday, according to Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran. GM spent $131 million to upgrade the Bowling Green site to accommodate the new Corvette Stingray.
The upgrade included $52 million for a new body shop to build the Stingray's aluminum frame. According to Doran, Corvettes “are different," since they can't be built on the same line as Malibus or Volts. He noted that Corvettes are built from the inside out, rather than by the traditional method. According to GM, it has already built 1,000 units of the 2014 Corvette, which carries a starting price of $51,995 including shipping.
Dora said that the Bowling Green plant was where they wanted the Corvettes built, noting that the site is perhaps one of Kentucky's largest tourist attractions with nearly 50,000 visitors wanting to see how the new Corvettes are being built. Chevrolet also plans a Corvette Stingray convertible that has a base price of $56,995, including shipping. Production of the Corvette Stingray convertible will not start until the end of 2013.
“It’s an amazing sight to see the transporters filled with Stingrays heading to customers in all corners of the country,” said Dave Tatman, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly plant. “The pride at Bowling Green is overwhelming and it shows in the tremendous quality and attention to detail going into each one of these new Corvettes."