May 29, 2020
During the Michelin NCM Virtual Bash, both GM Corvette Assembly’s Kai Spande and GM’s Corvette Team Members Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles led seminars providing viewers with updates as to what’s going on.
GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande
Kai’s seminar shared the safety measures that were taken to open the plant back up, with production having started back on Tuesday, May 26. While daily output on any given day is normally 90 cars per shift, Kai indicated it will take a few weeks to ramp production back up. Day 1 yielded 15 cars as most of the day was spent going over health and safety measures with employees as well as refreshing and training new new staff on job instructions. Shipping will resume after at least a two week holding period.
During Tadge and Harlan’s presentation, the team shared statistics on the 2020 Corvettes that have been ordered. To date, Torch Red is the most popular color at 25%, followed by Arctic White at 15% and Black at 12%. Sebring Orange and Elkhart Lake Blue are at 7%, Rapid Blue, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Blade Silver and Shadow Gray are at 6%, Long Beach Red at 5%, and Accelerate Yellow and Zeus Bronze at 3%. Jet black interior, by far, is the most popular with 43%. 83% of the cars ordered are coupe and 17% convertible. 3LT was the most popular for both models with 44% on the coupe and 56% on the convertible.
The team shared images of the two new colors for 2021:
Replacing Blade Silver is Silver Flare Metallic. Blade Silver debuted for the 2009 model year.
Replacing Long Beach Red is Red Mist Tint Coat Metallic. Long Beach Red debuted for the 2016 model year.
Silver Flare Metallic
Red Mist Metallic