NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down - Look For Quick Restart

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    NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down - Look For Quick Restart

    The New York Times
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    But with a pandemic raging, a handful of General Motors workers have labored on — including several dozen at a plant in Bedford, Ind., that makes chassis for the Chevrolet Corvette, one of G.M.’s most iconic and expensive vehicles.

    A G.M. spokesman, confirming the accounts of workers, said the factory’s continuing operation was aimed at reducing a chassis shortage and helping resume Corvette production more quickly once the company reopens an assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky.

    The spokesman said that the Bedford plant was running three shifts a day — with about 20 people per shift, down from about 250 hourly workers normally — and that the workers had volunteered for the assignment, at their usual wage.

    The G.M. spokesman identified two U.S. facilities, aside from the Bedford plant, where the company had continued production: one in Arlington, Texas, where workers returned for about 10 days to finish building a sport utility vehicle before the plant changes over to a new model, which had previously been reported, and another in Lockport, N.Y., where workers began making parts this week to service existing vehicles.

    Though it is unclear when Corvette assembly will resume, outside analysts have underscored the importance of the car — whose most recent model typically sells for $60,000 to $80,000 — to the company’s prospects.

    A Morgan Stanley report in November predicted that Corvette sales would bring in roughly 2 percent of G.M.’s revenue in 2020, an estimated $3.3 billion, and put the car’s profit margin at 16.5 percent, about twice the company’s average in North America. (The analysts later revised their estimates to account for the pandemic’s impact.)

    The Morgan Stanley analysts said the Corvette could be critical to G.M.’s longer-term strategy if the company could take advantage of the car’s brand name and customer loyalty in other lines of business, such as B.E.V.s, or battery electric vehicles.

    Corvette is “more than a needle-mover for G.M.,” the analysts wrote. “We’re looking at the potential of a hypothetical Corvette brand expansion, into S.U.V. and B.E.V.s, as a way for G.M. to help fund the transition to electric.”

    The report predicted that Corvette sales could increase to about 100,000 in 2029, from 40,000 this year, if the company developed a Corvette S.U.V. — a step other high-end sports car manufacturers have taken and one that a former G.M. vice chairman, Bob Lutz, has urged. (The company declined to comment on future vehicles.)

    Since the Morgan Stanley report, however, the Corvette has faced a series of setbacks. After years in development, the newest Corvette Stingray was scheduled to begin assembly in December. But the car did not start coming off production lines until February, a delay that a company email to dealers attributed to last year’s 40-day strike. The email was posted on the website Corvette Forum.

    By March, not long after G.M. began assembling the cars, demand proved so high that the company stopped accepting orders. It redirected new orders to the 2021 model, which the company said it planned to begin accepting in late May.

    The G.M. spokesman said the shortage of parts from Bedford was a problem because they were used at a key point in Corvette assembly.

    Two G.M. employees in Bedford, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about company operations, said the shortage had to do with errors during the new production process. The company spokesman attributed the shortage to the gradual ramp-up typical for the introduction of a new vehicle.








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    Re: NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down! Look For Quick Restart!

    one in Arlington, Texas, where workers returned for about 10 days to finish building a sport utility vehicle before the plant changes over to a new model
    Looks like the Job One changeover for the new BOF SUVs is being done during the downtime. Arlington may open with immediate production of the new models - Great News!!









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    Re: NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down! Look For Quick Restart!

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Looks like the Job One changeover for the new BOF SUVs is being done during the downtime. Arlington may open with immediate production of the new models - Great News!!









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    Re: NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down! Look For Quick Restart!

    Great news. if I hadn't seen a truckload of C8s last month I'd have to lump them in with unicorns. Hen's teeth, maybe? https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0223083601.htm
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Re: NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down! Look For Quick Restart!

    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    Great news. if I hadn't seen a truckload of C8s last month I'd have to lump them in with unicorns. Hen's teeth, maybe? https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0223083601.htm
    "The mutant bird has severe limb defects and dies before it can hatch," explained Professor Ferguson, who is based in the University's Faculty of Life Sciences.

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    Re: NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down! Look For Quick Restart!

    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    Great news. if I hadn't seen a truckload of C8s last month I'd have to lump them in with unicorns. Hen's teeth, maybe? https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0223083601.htm
    Somehow a local friend took delivery of his C8 2 weeks ago despite PA pandemic shutdowns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    "The mutant bird has severe limb defects and dies before it can hatch," explained Professor Ferguson, who is based in the University's Faculty of Life Sciences.
    Which proves my point about rarity. Thanks.

    Thankfully, the C8 will do a much better job of rising from it's ashes than the Phoenix. Specifically the Pontiac version of such. Ashes to ashes.
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripowergto Jan2003 View Post
    Somehow a local friend took delivery of his C8 2 weeks ago despite PA pandemic shutdowns.
    Congratulations to him. At this point I'm starting to wonder if GM will switch to 2021 models soon. Apparently hindsight isn't the only thing related to 20/20.
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripowergto Jan2003 View Post
    Somehow a local friend took delivery of his C8 2 weeks ago despite PA pandemic shutdowns.
    I finally saw my first one up close last Sunday! Very nice in person!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    Great news. if I hadn't seen a truckload of C8s last month I'd have to lump them in with unicorns. Hen's teeth, maybe? https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0223083601.htm
    Ironically, when test driving the CT4 last weekend I saw a C8 on the road, my dealer didn't even have any. Was my first time seeing one in real life! Spectacular!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripowergto Jan2003 View Post
    Somehow a local friend took delivery of his C8 2 weeks ago despite PA pandemic shutdowns.
    life sustaining businesses stayed open in PA, I have full confidence your friend would have died had he not been able to take delivery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    Which proves my point about rarity. Thanks.

    Thankfully, the C8 will do a much better job of rising from it's ashes than the Phoenix. Specifically the Pontiac version of such. Ashes to ashes.
    Don't you be dissin' my 'Bird!!

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    Re: NG Corvette Chassis Production Line Never Shut Down! Look For Quick Restart!

    Anybody know how many new Vettes have been deliver this year? The 2020 model is going to be a very rare model the way things are going this year - especially if they start calling them 2021's before all the customer orders are delivered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckMan View Post
    Anybody know how many new Vettes have been deliver this year? The 2020 model is going to be a very rare model the way things are going this year - especially if they start calling them 2021's before all the customer orders are delivered.
    Supposedly GM produced just under 3000 before the latest shutdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tripowergto Jan2003 View Post
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