Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chevrolet C6 Corvette production comes to a close

Chevrolet has officially closed the book on its C6 Corvette.

The last sixth-generation Corvette – a 427 convertible – rolled out of General Motor's Bowling Green, Kentucky plant on Thursday, closing out the C6's nine-year model run. The plant has already begun tooling up for the start of production of the next-generation C7 Corvette Stingray.

During that nine-year production run -- which spanned from 2005 to 2013 – a total of 215,100 C6 Corvettes were produced at the Bowling Green plant, including a handful of limited edition models. Chevy still has about 6,000 C6 Corvettes sitting on dealer lots, according to Automotive News, which should take about five and a half months to sell down.

With production of the C6 officially over, the Bowling Green plant is focusing all of its energy on the start of production of the new C7 Corvette, which debuted earlier this year at the Detroit auto show. The switchover has already begun, with the car scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms by either late August or early September. Chevrolet will show a convertible version of the new Corvette at the Geneva Motor Show, with that model slated for retail sales by December.

Although the C6 is gone, it won't be forgotten. The final 427 convertible to roll off the line will be added to GM's Heritage Collection in Detroit.

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