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Student Places in GM automotive service contest - School wins Corvette

Jul 10, 2016 - 3:17 PM - by meyerweb
MCC Automotive Student Brings Home The Silver…And A Corvette - Lee's Summit Tribune - Lee's Summit News

Good job by Jonathan, but it sucks that he doesn't get to keep the Corvette.

It’s been a sweet ride for a recent Metropolitan Community College graduate. Not only has Jonathan Robertson brought home the silver for MCC, he is also the reason the MCC-Longview campus will be the home of a brand new Chevrolet Corvette.

Robertson and fellow MCC-Longview classmate Quinn Kielty put the skills they learned through the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GMASEP) to the test as regional finalists in the SkillsUSA 2016 National Leadership and Skills Contest, in Louisville, Ky.

From June 20-26, SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, hosted students from across the country in series of competitive events.

“Pretty amazing week indeed,” says the students’ mentor and coach, David Patience, automotive department coordinator at MCC-Longview.

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

“Both Quinn and Jon won gold medals at the state level, just to qualify for this amazing event,” says Patience.

Thousands competed in the multi-million-dollar event that occupied a space equivalent to 16 football fields.

Robertson excelled in an automotive service technology contest, where contestants were run through an array of 12 stations plus a written exam. These 12 stations were designed to test every relevant skill in the automotive industry, from precision measuring and meter usage to customer service.

A silver medal was presented to Robertson on June 24 for his work. He also received numerous tools, service equipment and scholarship offers as part of his award package.

Kielty did MCC proud as well. “He did an excellent job of explaining and demonstrating proper service procedures
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Corvette - The most talked about car on the Internet

Jul 08, 2016 - 10:45 AM - by meyerweb
The Corvette most recently celebrated a milestone during National Corvette Day last week. If the fact that the vehicle has a day dedicated to how special it is to millions of enthusiasts, this news shouldn’t surprise you.

According to Motor1, the latest Swoop Digital Brand Exposure Index (DBEI) compiled data from the most far-reaching depths of the internet to see which car, and which brand, are the most talked about online. The winner? The Chevrolet Corvette.

The Corvette swept other models regarding what people are reading about, and talking about online, while the Ford brand was named the most talked about brand as a whole. Both Chevrolet and Ford trumped other automakers for share of voice, too.

Keep on chatting, Corvette faithful.

Read more: Chevrolet Corvette Is Most Talked About Car | GM Authority
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Top 100 Corvette Dealers - And congrats to Mike Furman!

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:57 PM - by meyerweb
I don't think I saw this posted before. Here is a list of the top 100 Corvette Dealers for 2015. Congrats to our Forum Dealers in positions who made the list.

And congratulations to Mike Furman, Corvette Salesman of the Year (East), selling 400 Corvettes himself. Mike was generous, too, letting some of his fellow salespeople have 27 Corvettes.

The Top 100 Corvette Dealers of 2015 - Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle

Edit: It has been brought to my attention that the number of 400 for Mike's sales stated in the linked article might not be accurate. I have no ability to verify, so I'm putting this caveat here. He's still the salesman of the year (East), regardless of the number.
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Corvette Cheaper than it was 30 years ago

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:50 PM - by meyerweb
The Corvette Is Actually More Affordable Than It Was 30 Years Ago

In constant, inflatio adjusted dollars, the 2016 Corvette is cheaper than the 1986 (and 1996) Corvettes. And considering all the content in today's car, and it's performance, it's a real sports car bargain. If you optioned up the older models to include things that are standard now (PS, PB, A/C, etc.), I suspect they'd be more expensive, too.

Year Price Price in 2016 $$
1956 $2900 $25,594
1966 $4084 $30,376
1976 $7604 $32,406
1986 $27,027 $58,486
1996 $37,225 $57,359
2006 $43,690 $52,509
2016 $55,400 $55,400
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C8 M-E "Is A Lock!"

Jun 26, 2016 - 12:02 AM - by elegant
Jalopnik has just declared that the 2018 mid-engine C8 is believed by Car and Driver to be a lock, and for those remaining skeptics (everyone always has that right), let us not forget that Jalopnik, on Nov. 11, 2011 published actual/accurate GM pictures of the C7, yes, more than two years before the C7 surfaced. So here is the latest Jalopnik article on the C8 mid-engine coming for the 2018 model year. The last sentence is sure interesting, seeming to say about their own article, "no sure we believe it ourselves."

Quote Originally Posted by Jalopnik
The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette. It is as mythical and fleeting as a unicorn, or the new Frank Ocean album. For decades now—literally decades—General Motors has flirted with a mid-engined ‘Vette that could really take the fight to European exotics. It has never happened. So why is GM now spending $290 million to upgrade the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant where the Corvette is built?

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Why GM Is To Blame For All The Mid-Engined Corvette Hype...

If insanity is repeating the same action over and over again and expecting different results, are…

GM has been spending quite a bit of money lately upgrading its facilities, but today Automotive News reports the automaker will drop a pretty penny on the Bowling Green Assembly Plant—where the Corvette and only the Corvette is produced—for “technology upgrades and manufacturing process improvements.”

This, naturally, leads to speculation that the upgrades could be for a final-form Corvette with its engine in the middle of the car for proper weight distribution and the humiliation of Ferraris and Lamborghinis—not to mention the Ford GT that just won its class at Le Mans.

Could the upgrades be for that car, or
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GM to invest $290 million for upgrades to Corvette Plant in Bowling Green

Jun 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM - by jagamajajaran
General Motors Corp. to invest $290 million for upgrades to Corvette Plant in Bowling Green
Jun 24th, 2016

General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million to improve technology and processes at its Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday.

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“GM has a long tradition of commitment to southcentral Kentucky and to producing, in Warren County, the finest sports cars in America,” said Bevin. “This benefits our entire state, both as a source of pride and as a tremendous contributor to our economy.

“For 35 years, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has provided jobs to thousands of Kentuckians and to hundreds of suppliers and vendors. We congratulate GM and offer our commitment to lending them support for this project and any others they may undertake in the future,” continued Gov. Bevin.

The $290 million includes a $153 million new project aimed at improving vehicle assembly line processes. Two ongoing projects at the Warren County plant — a $44 million, 36-job capacity expansion of the Performance Build Center and a $439 million investment in a new paint shop and other facility upgrades — increased by about $137 million.

“We are making technology investments that will continue to improve our manufacturing processes and ultimately the quality of our vehicles,” said North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones. “We are putting Corvette customers first by building upon our world-class manufacturing process.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in Bowling Green, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in a special meeting in June preliminarily approved GM for up to $3 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) program. The incentives are based on eligible company investments of up to $153 million and creation of up to 270 jobs over 10 years.

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'17 Z06 Order Guide Up Now

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:56 PM - by elegant
The 2017 Z06 ordering specs just appeared on line at the link below; just select the Z06 model in the upper right box (for each different page one, must re-select the model).

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While the ordering specs are now live, one can not yet order a Z06, nor are there any new specs listed. But hey, it's a start for those who want to put together their order when the ordering banks open -- perhaps in the next few weeks. Alas, 2017 Z production does not start until September 6th.

Model Information - Online Ordering Guide

For the latest spec changes for the Z06 (and all other 2017 models), please check here:
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