GM gets tax incentives, might add new vehicle at Bowling Green plant
By Scott Sloan — firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 12:43pm on Mar 31, 2011; Modified: 6:50pm on Mar 31, 2011
General Motors is considering a new vehicle for its Bowling Green assembly plant, and the state government stepped in Thursday to entice it with $7.5 million in tax breaks.
The automaker is mum on what vehicle it might be adding at the plant, which produces Corvettes, but the head of the local union there said he thinks it's the next generation of the Corvette, which GM is expected to begin manufacturing by 2013.
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I'm going to read between the lines. Add "new vehicle" means another car line........possibly bring Camaro production to Bowling Green ???? Freeing up space at Oshawa for next generation Full Sized Truck. My .02
Bowling Green is way undercapacity in production numbers.GM has got to do something to get young men and women to buy a Corvette. The average age for Corvette buyers is just too old. I was looking at a old Corvette News magazine and remembering the article about Corvette profiles in the 70's the average age male buyer was 26.5 years old. I fit the profile then and almost fit the profile now. Not good.
The median age for a corvette owner now is 53
Now, if GM had said "additional vehicle" rather than "new vehicle", that would have meant another car line in addition to the Corvette already being produced there. I imagine that GM considers the Cadillac XLR "experiment" to be a failure (even though it was their own fault), so I wouldn't hold my breath for any additional vehicles in Bowling Green any time soon...
You would think it makes more sense to build the Camaro along side the new C7 Corvette,
But the bean counters at GM want to build Camaros in Lansing Michigan?
Also, Why don't they offer an entry level model C7 Corvette to attract the younger buyers?
(Just a thought)...
Like you said, speculation about bringing vehicles to a plant isn't new. Ford's Louisville plant went through a multi-million dollar update so that it could build a variety of platforms- from the Transit to the Escape... and even full frame trucks.
I'm wondering if GM has considered creating some elasticity in facilities- where additional facilities can be brought to to meet demand for certain models and change up / add as needed. It's an interesting idea but clearly has a multitude of logistical and supply-line impacts.