• Apr 4th 2011 at 10:28AM
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Last summer, there was some wild speculation that the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette could be produced at a plant other than the legendary Bowling Green, Kentucky facility that has built the iconic sports car since 1981. Not true, a General Motors spokesperson told us at the time, but a report from a Lexington, KY NBC affiliate may suggest otherwise.

The site reports that the bluegrass state has approved $7.5 million in tax incentives for a future $131 million expansion of the plant, presumably to accommodate the next-generation Corvette. That's just an offer, though, as local GM spokeswoman Andrea Hales told the affiliate that The General is considering other sites for the investment, and that the automaker has nothing to announce at this time.

Is GM giving us a hint that the C7 Corvette could be built elsewhere, or is the automaker simply holding out for more incentives from the state of Kentucky? We have no idea, but we wouldn't be surprised to learn that GM is doing its due diligence and shopping around. Corvette sales have been anemic the past couple of years, and it may not make sense to keep Bowling Green open if it's only building a vehicle that struggles to hit 1,000 sales in a given month. Top tip, Taylor!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      drop the price...nobody can afford them......except the rich dorks
      • 4 Years Ago
      As an automotive reporter who once covered Kentucky's economic development policies, I wouldn't read too much into GM's claims that it's looking elsewhere. Unless something has changed in the past few years, KY is one of the many states that requires a company to show that it is considering taking its investments elsewhere if it doesn't get the incentive. The logic is that the government doesn't want to spend (or forgive) tax dollars if it doesn't have to do so. There were a few isolated cases where companies lost their incentive dollars for announcing expansions before finalizing the state contribution.

      Robert Schoenberger (www.cleveland.com/autonews)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are Corvette sales so slow? Is it the economy in general? Is it the price of gas? Is the Camero cutting into Corvette sales?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably a combo and it's kind of old now. GM makes tons of money on the Vette so selling 1000 a month still makes them lots of dough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This just doesnt make sense... They have a completely different assembly line sitting empty with lots of room. The cadillac 2 seater they built there a few years a go was a completely different line in the corner of the building. so why would they need to expand? They will move it soon i am sure. besides Chrysler owns their building. gm leases it from them.. hmm
      • 4 Years Ago
      You've got a solid base of Corvette building experts in Kentucky who would probably love to move on to building the next generation. Why move? The Corvette is no ordinary car and while you could move it to Mexico like so many lesser cars have managed, it would severely hurt the brand.

      I'm thinking this is just the game companies and communities play to work out the best deal. Kinda like the Yankees extorting NYC for money to build Yankees Stadium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't screw this up Gov. Motors! This guy and many others like him want the Corvette to stick around!


      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the smart move is to keep the Vette in KY AND move new production out of Michigan. The first rule of investing is to diversify. GM should produce cars/trucks in more places so they have more "friends" in Washington.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should build it in Great Britain!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would think that if GM is smart, they'd consider moving other high-performance RWD platforms TO Bowling Green rather than vice versa...

      I hear that there's a fair amount of improvement in quality from that plant - especially since the Corvette finally gets a "Recommended" from Consumer Reports - who is notoriously stingy on that for domestics.

      Plus, having a diversified production profile can't hurt - fewer issues with keeping a plant running with more than one model there, and I'd bet that having a plant start/stop production will only make quality worse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its time to make it rear engine too...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey GM , bring it on down here to the Shreveport plant . Plenty of tax incentive in this state .
      • 4 Years Ago
      more reasonable prices would result in more sales
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