• Mar 31, 2010
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General Motors has been cranking out the Chevrolet Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky since 1981, employing around 500 people at the same time. Early in this year's legislative season, Bowling Green Representative Jody Richards introduced a bill into the state House of Representatives to name the Corvette the official Kentucky state car. But that was before GM came out in opposition of legislation that would force the company to give former General Motors dealers first dibs on new franchise opportunities.

Now both the House bill and a similar piece of legislation in the Kentucky Senate have been sent to committee to die a slow, painful death. Why? No one knows for sure, or at least they aren't willing to go on record and give any solid reason. If you believe Representative C.B. Embry Jr., who had introduced similar legislation back in 2007, the move is a snub to GM for closing a number of dealerships in the state last year as part of the company's post-bankruptcy restructuring plan. There's still a chance either bill will pass, but with scant few days left before a legislative recess, it doesn't look good.



[Source: Business Week]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is such a non big deal. Even becoming the official car of [insert state here] is a non-story, so not getting it is even more minor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You've obviously never set foot in Kentucky. They're extraordinarily proud of the product they build there and I'm not talking about the chicken.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And that changes depending on whether it's official or not?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a waste of time and tax dollars on completely pointless and irrelevant legislation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amerika does this all the time. It lets politicians feel important.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a lifelong resident of Kentucky I can't sit here and listen to people continue to claim that all Kentuckians are proud that Corvettes are made here. Hear me loud and clear, I love Corvettes just as much as the next person, but it doesn't take 500 rocket scientists to work in a mostly automated assembly plant. Therefore ANY other state could have this factory and trying to make the Vette the state car would be equally ridiculous. Only people in Bowling Green (dumbasses) care that the Vette is made there. I'm from Louisville and have never once thought about naming the Explorer or F Series trucks the official state vehicle. STOP WASTING MY TAX MONEY AND SPEND TIME SOLVING REAL PROBLEMS. I'm done now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's ok, as a multiple Corvette owner, I can say it's definitely the Official Car of Awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because, state legislatures have nothing better to do than to debate the merits of making the Corvette the official car of Kentucky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "AutoBlog writers are F_CKING TERRIBLE. Worst in the industry. This headline is awkward and FAIL."


      Was it too long for you to read or just too complex?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it got killed in favor of Kentucky's other favorite vehicle: the ratted-out pickup truck?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Maybe it got killed in favor of Kentucky's other favorite vehicle: the ratted-out pickup truck?"

        The ones on blocks, you mean? Those aren't a mode of transportation, they are lawn decorations. Like a pink, plastic flamingo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You guys beat me to it. Good call.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given the state of our government (fed or otherwise), it would be more apt to have official lobbyists.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do not care one way or the other about the state car thing. But the politicians responses prove once again that there has to be a better way to run a government than having to elect idiots or people that turn into idiots after elected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps the Ford Super Duty should be the official car of Kentucky. Production and sales of those dwarf that of the Corvette. Perhaps the Explorer or upcoming Kuga could be in consideration as they are also products of Kentucky.

      Perhaps America's default automobile the Toyota Camry could be the Vehicle of the Commonwealth, since during its production run at TMMK it has been a consistent top seller. The Corvette is simply too impractical to be consistent with the values of the people of who bring you Hillerich and Bradsby, Papa Johns, Long John Silvers, KFC, all those magnificent whiskys, and built their own parkway system when the Eisenhower Interstate system passed them by.
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