BGA Paint Shop Reaches Milestone

Apr 08, 2016 - 10:57 PM - by elegant
The Assembly Plant paint shop remains on schedule for April 1, 2017 painting of new Corvettes, and just passed a milestone of its last piece of steel being erected.

One interesting piece in the following CorvetteBlogger article (information sourced from the BG Daily News), is that the addition is 870,000 square feet. This compares with the original announcement of the paint shop addition being around 450,000 square feet, and once/if confirmed at its new, larger size, the addition would be 80% the size of the current operating plant. However, having trouble accepting that the 870,000 square feet as noted in BG Daily News, is accurate due to the other note that there is 200,000 square feet of concrete and that the building is three stories high. In any case, the additional is huge! And most importantly, new Corvettes will be painted in the shop a fraction less than a year from now.

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Quote Originally Posted by Corvette Blogger
Milestone Reached in Construction of the Corvette Assembly Plant’s New Paint Shop, by Mitch Talley.

All you Corvette enthusiasts excited about the new paint shop at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green can rest a little easier today.

General Motors announced that the final piece of steel in the $439 million paint shop was installed Wednesday, and construction remains on track for the first Corvette to be painted in the new facility on April 1, 2017.

“That’s our major goal,” said Marc Roberts, site project manager, “and we are on schedule.”

GM broke ground for the new state-of-the-art facility in September, and the first piece of steel was installed in December.

“It’s amazing how much construction has gone on in four months,” said Nora Roper, assistant plant manager. “We’re thrilled with the continued
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2017 C7's Start "50/50"

Apr 07, 2016 - 10:19 AM - by elegant
When the 2017 C7 starts production on June 24th, BGA will be producing 50% StingRays and 50% Grand Sports, with no Z06's being assembled until September 6th.

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Friday, June 24th is also the last day of 2016 production. If all goes according to plan, a few 2017's will start that day. HOWEVER, as the Plant is shut down for its annual two week summer vacation centered around July 4th, and is therefore closed June 25th through July 10th, "functional" production of the 2017's will commence on Monday, July 11th.

Assuming BGA continues its 9 1/2 to 10 hour current assembly schedule, 5 days per week, we should see an average of 87, 2017 StingRays and 87 Grand Sports produced each day. And thanks to CorvetteBlogger, who received all this cogent info from Chevrolet, GM is expecting its 2017 production to be a mix of 80% coupes, 20% convertibles.

Quote Originally Posted by CorvetteBlogger
In another first, GM has promised the 2017 Corvette Order Guide on April 25th which is before the 2017 model rollout at the NCM Bash later that week. That means we may learn much about the 2017 Corvette in the days leading up to the Bash as we scrutinize the Corvette Order Guide for changes and updates to the car.
For those who are long time Corvette Order Guide, "build and price," and similar "model year info" releases, personally will believe that GM follows through on that April 25th Order Guide release containing the 2017 specs, when I see it in print/posted on line.
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1st 2017 Grand Sport Going To Charity

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:49 AM - by elegant
In a now familiar process, the rights to purchase a new Corvette model, is going to charity, going on the auction block this Friday at Barrett-Jackson.

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Pictures from and thanks to GM!

Quote Originally Posted by Media.GM
Auction of First 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition to Benefit Karmanos!
The first retail production 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition will be auctioned Friday, April 8, in lot #3003 at 6 p.m. EDT at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, Fl. Auction. One hundred percent of the sale price from the auction will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The auction extends General Motors’ long-standing support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. Last year, the auction raised $200,000 by auctioning the first Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan at Barrett-Jackson.

Chevrolet is donating the first retail production, VIN #001 — of the all-new Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition — in support of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 34th Annual Dinner which will be held Saturday, April 16, at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, Mich. In addition, the GM Foundation has once again made a significant grant of $400,000 to also fund cancer research at Karmanos.

This year’s Annual Dinner Chairs are Paula and Steve Kiefer, vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors. This is the sixth consecutive year General Motors has been a major sponsor for this signature fundraiser, with a GM executive chairing the event.

The Karmanos Cancer Institute is a unique, integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection,
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The March 2016 Stingray of the Month contest winner is jsvette!

Mar 28, 2016 - 12:30 PM - by wicked

This months winner is none other than our very own jsvette with this spectacular shot! Congratulations!

We'll be doing this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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Confirmed: Admiral Blue Orderable Thursday

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:23 AM - by elegant
As confirmed in this week's GM FLeet Order Guide, starting this Thursday, individuals ordering a 2016 Corvette, can order it in Admiral Blue. This confirms what Mike Furman@CriswellCorvette indicated preliminarily about ten days ago.

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For this week's complete Order Guide, please see the last post in this thread:

And we learned from "n8dogg"...

Quote Originally Posted by n8dogg
Just read in one of GM's dealer newsletters that Admiral Blue will be available to order on March 31st. I assume this means that this color can be ordered on a 2016 model year.

"New exterior color, (GTR) Admiral Blue, will be available for ordering March 31, 2016. Please refer to THE Order Guide for option restrictions."
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What is this new C7 paint code?

Mar 24, 2016 - 2:00 PM - by elegant
Mike Furman of Criswell Chevrolet was doing locate for a Night Race Blue Z06 for a customer a few minutes ago, and look what just came up on his locate screen?

A new blue color called "Opulent Blue." It is paint code "GTR," listed as option 705U.What is this all about? Any ideas?

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Thank you very much Mike!
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"Manta Ray" Trademark Process Continues

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:50 AM - by elegant
GM is proceeding ahead to trademark the name Manta Ray. How this might be used, is of course yet unknown. Or, as with some trademarks, they are done to prevent competitors from using them. Might this be a special upcoming C7 model, the name for the C8's or ??? Attached below picture of the current step in the trademark process is thanks to GM Authority.

Here is a picture of a Manta Ray for those who want a visual...

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Quote Originally Posted by GM Authority
GM’s USPTO Trademark Application For ‘Manta Ray’ Progresses!

General Motors filed a new trademark application with the Untied States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the term Corvette Manta Ray. Earlier this month, the application took an important step in the registration process as the USPTO scheduled to publish it for opposition on April 5th, 2016.

When a trademark is published for opposition, it is published in the USPTO’s Official Gazette, giving any outside parties 30 days from the publication date to either:
File an opposition to the application
File an extension to oppose the application

Assuming that the trademark passes this crucial phase, the next step will be for GM to file a Statement of Use with the USPTO, a document that outlines how it will use the trademark in a real-world product or service. GM can also file extensions (a maximum of five each lasting six months) to file the document if it can not demonstrate a real-world product with the Manta Ray or Corvette Manta Ray names. A trademark can not be registered without filing a Statement of Use document/
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