• Jul 14, 2010
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Even though it was just named the Official State Sports Car of Kentucky not even a month ago, a story from WLNS speculates that Chevrolet Corvette production could move from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Lansing, Michigan. The UAW president and economist who brought it up apparently didn't suggest that it would happen, they were really just throwing out possibilities to the WLNS reporter.

General Motors' Corvette rep David Caldwell, though, has doused any idea of this happening. When Autoblog asked him about the story, Caldwell told us that there had been a roundtable about what the Lansing Grand River plant might produce, and various cars were mentioned, including the Corvette. However, as Caldwell notes, "Corvettes are born in Bowling Green," and "nothing going on in the foreseeable future changes that long-time fact."

In other words, all of you in the Bluegrass State can relax now.



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[Source: WLNS]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      but if they moved it, Jezza would have to change his 'fat man from Kentucky' shtick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the point of this story is...
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...that the UAW needs to be disbanded.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another stupid from G.M. If it does move, It takes Money to do that. Of course G.M. is know for wasteing money, or should it be called Goverment Motors. Another thing-- G.M. has two brand trucks, The Chevrolet and the GMC, Same truck a little different trim. Maybe years ago they were different but not really now,,,, Why don't they do away with one of them instead of Olds Or Pontaic. Maybe then the one left would outsell Ford. GMC takes sales from Chevrolet, And Chevrolet takes sales from GMC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see the Camaro coming to Lansing once it is built on the same platform as the CTS and ATS. Corvette? Not so much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As someone who has owned 7 Corvettes (currently driving 09) and visited Bowling Green a few times here are my thoughts:

      1. I have no preference where they are built as long as they stay affordable, fast and fun.
      2. David Caldwell doesn't have any decision making authority
      3. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin said emphatically that he would not run for the late Sen Bryd's seat and was committed to his term as Gov till 2013. The very next day - he announced he would run. Point to this - people change their mind (or lie).

      Back to my number 1 does it REALLY matter where the Corvette is assembled?

      I would prefer GM engineers work a bit harder to correct the elusive Toyota-like bug in the 2005-200X model year Corvette know as the "Service Active Handling" error. Search Google using that term. You'll be amazed what pops up.

      • 4 Years Ago
      THEY TOOK R JRRRRRBS!!!

      Oh wait...nvmnd.

      • 4 Years Ago
      What a stupid, waist of my time post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When GM shifted production of Saturn and allowed other cars to be built at Spring Hill, the majority of Saturn loyalists protested, and justifiably so. The rest, as we all know is history. To take Corvette out of Bowling Green would be dramatically worse. You can say what you want about unions, but none of them wants to damage a brand, and in that light the one thing they should consider is how significant the plant at Bowling Green is to the Corvette brand. And yes, it is a brand, unto itself.

      Don't allow this to happen GM. When the majority of us car guys thought GM was circling the drain, there were all sorts of thoughts of how bad that would be, but the number one loss many of us felt would be the loss of the Corvette. To me, and IMHO to the majority of car guys (and gals) out there, there is no more important car in GM's lineup than the Corvette. Moving production to Lansing wouldn't signal the end of the vehicle, yes we know that, but it would take a lot of the heart out of the Corvette brand. And getting that back could be next to impossible to accomplish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to throw out a whopper of a headline, and then fumble it all up in the story itself.

      Is AB hurting that much for $ that they have to pull this kind of BS move to get people to click on a story? Or lack-of-story, I should say.

      It is going to be rather easy to see those that only read the headline and jumped in here to comment, versus those people that actually read the story and found out the "rumor" (if you can even call it that), has almost nothing to back it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You did notice the title starts off and I quote "RUMORMILL". The key word is rumor meaning; statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth; Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Huge difference between a rumor and simple hype or sensationalism to drum up clicks.

        A rumor would be if someone within GM scooped AB that maybe they would move. Instead this was purely a brainstorming/hypothetical situation in which even the person that brought it up quickly axed it.

        Here, let me start a "rumor" that is just as legit: General Motors is moving their headquarters to Florida.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did I waste my time reading this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "What Lansing Grand River might produce..."

      Hm, let's see. LGR is a newish factory designed from the ground up to build RWD-platform Cadillacs. Gee, why don't they solve this problem by building more RWD Cadillacs? Like, say, the upcoming ATS?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I so wish they would make the headlamps over on this series. Awful.
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