Deliveries begin for 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Kentucky site

Article by Anita Panait, on September 19, 2013

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."

Chevrolet is reinventing high performance with the introduction of the new Corvette C7 Stingray. And only a Corvette that perfectly balances technology, style, and performance can sport the classic Stingray name.

The 2014 Stingray is the strongest standard model, with an estimated 450 hp (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. torque (610 Nm). Also, it is also the most able standard model, because it can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds and reach more than 1g in cornering. It should be the most fuel-economic Corvette, surpassing the prior model’s EPA-estimated 26 mpg.

Like the 1963 Stingray, the best Corvettes epitomise leading performance, the most advanced technologies, stunning designs, and astounding drive experiences. The new Corvette fulfils this and even more, through current advances in tech, styling, and engineering.

The new Corvette C7 Stingray has only two parts in common with the prior Corvette generation. It integrates a new body structure and chassis, a new powertrain and support technologies, and fully redesigned exteriors and interiors.

Press Release

Chevrolet Begins Shipping 2014 Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet today began shipping the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe to dealers.

Bowling Green Assembly has produced approximately 1,000 Corvette Stingrays for customer deliveries. Most of these vehicles are expected to be delivered to dealers within the next few weeks. To expedite delivery, vehicles may be shipped out of build sequence, which is a normal part of any new vehicle launch.

The Bowling Green facility underwent a $131-million upgrade to support production of the Corvette Stingray, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the car’s all-new aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

The lightweight aluminum frame is the foundation for the most powerful standard Corvette ever, with an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (624 Nm) – and 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) with the available performance exhaust system. It is also the most capable standard Corvette ever, with Z51-equipped models able to sprint from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, achieve 1.03g in cornering grip and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet.

Complementing its performance capability with efficiency, the Corvette Stingray delivers the best fuel economy of any sports car on the market – an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. No other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the seventh generation of the sports car, which has been built exclusively at the Bowling Green plant since June 1981.

Pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe starts at $51,995 including destination. The Convertible is priced at $56,995 including destination. Production of the Stingray Convertible will begin by the end of this year.

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