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Mary Barra Getting Her Z06!

May 22, 2015 - 7:41 AM - by elegant
GM CEO Mary Barra loves fast cars, and she is getting her wish, her own Z06/Z07 with the A8! Here is her beauty-beast!

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It’s not every day that the Bowling Green Assembly Plant receives an order to make a car for the company CEO, but this week the workers from UAW Local 2164 assembled a 2015 Black Corvette Z06 Convertible that will be shipped to GM’s headquarters in Detroit for General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra.

Mary took the reins at GM in January 2014 just in time for the North American International Auto Show, and coincidentally, the launch of the C7 Corvette Z06. The sports car obviously made an impression on the newly minted CEO too. Now, a year and couple months after the highly acclaimed sports car’s launch at NAIAS, she finally gets to sample the “technological tip of GM’s spear” (quoting Fehan) – the 2015 Corvette Z06.

Mary’s new Corvette is both a 650-horsepower performance machine and yet a nice boulevard cruiser as well. That’s because the Convertible is outfitted with both the Z07 Performance Package and the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The Black Z06 Convertible has a black top, black aluminum wheels and the only splash of color comes from the yellow Brembo brake calipers.

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The Chief’s Corvette Z06 also comes equipped with the Stage 1 aerodynamics package based on the rear spoiler. The front spoiler is part of the Dealer PDI and so that will be installed when the car gets to
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BGAP Gets New Paint Shop!

May 21, 2015 - 9:19 AM - by elegant
Just announced that GM will be spending $439,000,000 in the largest BGAP paint shop overhaul/replacement ever!

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Chevrolet Corvette Plant Gets $439 Million in Upgrades

New, environment-friendly paint shop drives efficient production, retains 150 jobs!

Torch Red, Shark Gray Metallic and Laguna Blue Tintcoat, three popular palate choices on the 2015 Corvette, kept the marketers who make up names working late. Now they can dream about more painstakingly precise pigments, thanks to a new paint shop that is among $439 million being invested at the only plant in the world that builds Chevrolet’s iconic sports car.

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General Motors announced the moves today that include retaining 150 jobs and building the 450,000 square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the entire current production facility. The investment builds on approximately $135 million GM has invested in the plant over the last four years for the new Corvette Stingray and Performance Build Center. The announcement was followed by a groundbreaking event for the new paint shop.

“The Corvette is one of Kentucky’s most-cherished icons,” said. Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen. “Such a significant expansion of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will help the company remain competitive in the region and around the world.”

Construction of the new paint shop, which includes substantial technology upgrades, is planned to begin this summer and take approximately two years to complete. Corvette production schedules will be unaffected by the construction.

Along with new tooling and robots, the paint shop’s state-of-the-art environmental and efficiency enhancements include:

Dry Scrubber Booth Technology with Limestone Handling System designed to
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Jeff Lamarche Promoted, Leaving BGAP!

May 19, 2015 - 12:52 PM - by elegant
Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Jeff Lamarche has been promoted, though his successor at the BGAP Plant Mana get has not yet been officially named.

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Here is the official press release.

"Jeffrey J. Lamarche, currently Plant Manager at Bowling Green Assembly, is promoted to the position of Plant Manager Flint Assembly and Stamping replacing Amy Farmer. Jeff began his career at the Van Nuys Assembly Plant, as a college co-op student. He has held positions in Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Planning, Supply Chain and Manufacturing operations. Prior to his current assignment, Jeff has been a Plant Manager at the Brownstown Battery Plant and San Luis Potosi Complex. Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University."

Jeff, you did a GREAT job and we thank you!!!

Stay tuned, as we learn who will be replacing Jeff.
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First 2016 Ordering Consensus Tomorrow!

May 13, 2015 - 8:08 AM - by elegant
Thanks to Mike Furman of Criswell Chevrolet, we have official GM confirmation that May 14th is the start of the first 2016 StingRay & Z06 consensus. Ladies and gentlemen, waiting for your 2016's, start your LT1/ LT4 engines tomorrow. Your dealer will be able to then match your order with a specific allocation and get your 2016 StingRay order officially started.

Thanks Mike for being the flag starter for the 2016's!

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May you all cross the finish line in record time!
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The April 2015 Stingray of the Month Contest winner is TwoDoggs!

Apr 29, 2015 - 3:33 PM - by wicked

The April 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month Contest winner is none other than TwoDoggs with this awesome shot! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted a photo and to all those who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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Z06 w Jeff Gordon= Indy 500 Pace Car

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:43 PM - by elegant
What a great combo, that Jeff Gordon will be driving the Z06 Official Pace Car at the upcoming Indy 500! Thanks Team Chevy & KWCH Sports for this story!

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INDIANAPOLIS – Five-time Brickyard 400 winner and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It is the 13th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car, dating to 1978, and the 26th time a Chevrolet has led the pack for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Corvette has served as the pace car more than any other vehicle in the race’s history.

Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Ind., is no stranger to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1994 he won the inaugural Brickyard 400 – the first-ever NASCAR race at the Brickyard, and has visited the winner’s circle there four more times. That makes him one of only two five-time winners at Indy in any series. Michael Schumacher won five Formula One races there.

“It’s great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this year’s pace car driver,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike. It will be very special to have Jeff lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag, behind the wheel of the most powerful and capable production car ever from Chevrolet – on a day he’ll also be competing in the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

With 650 supercharged horsepower, a seven-speed manual transmission and a track-capable chassis system, Gordon will have no trouble keeping in front of the race field in the production-spec Corvette Z06. Featuring an Arctic White exterior and Adrenaline Red interior, only its unique Indy graphics package and safety strobe lights distinguish it from other production models.

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LIVE, 2016 Corvette Stingray & Z06 Changes!

Apr 24, 2015 - 10:17 AM - by elegant
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Thanks to Jeremy (Jagamajajaran) and Arctic C7, and pictures from Mike Furman, we have the following:

- From Jeff LaMarche...

- There will be a rolling start for the 2016 builds.
- 2016 orders will begin being accepted on Monday morning.
- 2015 orders will be built along side 2016 orders until the plant accepted orders are fulfilled.

- Tadge is doing a review of the C7 Z06 right now...

- New standard hood design
- New hood option with exposed carbon fiber stinger (this is what I saw when I was at my plant tour last week and love the look!) Again, this is NOT a decal, but the carbon fiber hood exposed just like the carbon fiber exposed targa top option.
- Front curb cameras
- Magnetic ride without Z51
- Flat bottom steering wheel on Stingray
- Two toned seats offered
- Red or yellow contrasting stitch
- Power rear latch

- Harlan and Ryan are up now to talk about the 2016...

- 4 chassis package - standard, standard with magnetic ride, Z51, Z51 with magnetic ride, larger wheels and spoiler come with magnetic ride package
- 2 cameras on the front curb cameras. Software combines the two images to give you a bird's eye view.
- Infotainment system update.
- Some new navigation options - shows you the street you're driving on, much quicker selection buttons
- PDR new icon for PDR selection
- New standard Stingray wheel in silver, flat machine, black, and chrome
- If you get CF badges, the chrome strip will also be blacked out in the front on the Stingray
- Visible carbon fiber stinger on the hood.
- Blade wheel available on Z06 in silver or black.
- Colors: Corvette Racing Yellow (same as C7R cars have been the last year).
- Special Edition Corvette for 2016: Ultimate Z06 that celebrates track to street technology transfer. Only 500 will be produced.


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