Corvette 2014 Redesign Shuts Down Production at Kentucky Plant

The 2014 Corvette model is such a big deal, General Motors plans to stop production in February of 2013 at their Bowling Green, Kentucky plant to concentrate solely on the revamp of the iconic sports car.

The Bowling Green plant is the only GM site that builds Corvettes, and a $131 million investment was announced for it last year, along with a promise to add 250 jobs. 700 workers are currently employed there and temporary layoffs will occur during the lag in production. But, plant manager Dave Tatman says the time off will be days—not months.

During the six month halt, employees will be re-trained and the body shop will be renovated. Just two parts from the last model will carry over to the 2014 Corvette: the interior cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel.”

GM spokesman Monte Doran says, “With this car, because it’s such a dramatic change, we felt like the best thing to do was to halt production so we could completely overhaul the interior of (the) Bowling Green (plant) to get ready for the new car,” he said.

Doran also warns, “There will be a period of time when Corvettes will be hard to find until the 2014 (model) comes out.”

At an event in Georgia last week, GM unveiled a new Crossed Flags logo to debut with the 2014 Corvette. The company says more than 100 variations were considered before the final design was selected. The new design has a more angular and swept appearance.

“The flags are much more modern, more technical and more detailed than before — underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design.

The 2014 Corvette design will make its debut Jan. 13, 2013. The model will roll out the plant on June 30, 2013–60 years to the day that the first 1953 model was produced.