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    Default Chevy Corvette Z06, Bowling Green Assembly Featured in National Geographic Channel

    FOR RELEASE: 2007-11-26

    Chevy Corvette Z06, Bowling Green Assembly Featured in National Geographic Channel Show

    Ultimate Factories: Corvette Premieres Nov. 29, Explores Story of America's Sports Car

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    DETROIT - The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly Plant, where the iconic American sports car is manufactured, will be featured on National Geographic Channel's popular Ultimate Factories series.

    The hour-long show about Corvette and Bowling Green Assembly is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. (ET), Nov. 29.

    Production of the show took much of the month of April, as a crew from Michael Hoff Productions Inc. in California spent time at GM's Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich.; the Milford (Mich.) Proving Grounds and Bowling Green Assembly. Additional filming was done at Pratt & Miller, which builds the C6.R racing Corvette, and Dana, which makes the space frame for the Z06.

    "More than 50,000 people each year get to visit Bowling Green to see Corvettes being built," said Wil Cooksey Jr., Bowling Green's plant manager. "While the tours are an incredible experience, the Ultimate Factories crew was able to capture a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making this great vehicle."

    The Ultimate Factories show about the Corvette is as much about the people who build the car, as it is about the car. The story unfolds as workers talk about and demonstrate their passion to produce a high-quality sports car that has captured car lovers' fancies since 1953.

    "The passion our people have for the Corvette and other GM products is evident in their commitment to safety, quality and productivity," Cooksey added. "I credit our success to our great people who pay attention to the smallest details to make each vehicle the best of its kind."

    Building the Corvette, particularly the Z06, is a love affair, requiring the greatest attention to detail. Workers at GM's Performance Build Center individually assemble each LS7 engine that goes in a Z06. Each 505-horsepower engine is signed by the worker who assembled it, a sign of their pride of workmanship. At Bowling Green, workers build upon the company's standards for quality and workmanship, ensuring each Corvette that leaves the factory is worthy of its heritage.

    "The Corvette epitomizes the true American sports car," said Tom Wallace, GM's Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Performance Vehicles. "Every model offers an outstanding balance of performance, daily driving comfort and value second to none."

    For 2008, the Corvette Z06 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $71,000; the Coupe starts at $45,995 and the Convertible at $54,330. As for fuel economy, most sports cars can't escape the federal gas-guzzling tax. The Z06 does by getting an EPA estimated 15 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.

    "The thrill of driving a Corvette is legendary," Wallace added. "People buy a Vette because it is an American icon that is not living off of its past, but offers the best in today's technology and performance. I wish every person could experience at least a ride, if not a drive, in a Corvette at least once in their life to see why."

    General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.
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    ’Vettes to be featured on National Geographic show

    Bowling Green plant a focus on episode of ‘Ultimate Factories’

    By AMEERAH CETAWAYO, The Daily News, acetawayo@bgdailynews.com/783-3246
    Wednesday, November 28, 2007 12:21 PM CST



    The manufacturing home of the iconic American sports car known as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will get an “ultimate” honor this week.

    The General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be featured on the National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Factories” TV series at 9 p.m. Thursday.

    “They go up close and personal on the line and actually talk with our employees, and in some cases the host of the show, Kevin Moore, is actually trained on their job and works on the line,” plant spokeswoman Andrea Hales said.

    Much of the production for the hour-long show took place in April, with California-based Michael Hoff Productions spending a week in Bowling Green, as well as at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., and the Milford, Mich., Proving Grounds. More scenes were shot on location at Pratt & Miller, which builds the C6.R racing Corvette, and at Dana, which makes the space frame for the Z06.

    According to Plant Manager Wil Cooksey Jr., more than 50,000 people visit Bowling Green each year to see Corvettes being built, and while those tours are an incredible experience, the “Ultimate Factories” crew was able to capture a lot of the behind-the-scenes work.

    According to GM, the show is as much about the people who build the car as it is about the car itself, which has been coveted by car lovers since 1953.

    “The passion our people have for the Corvette and other GM products is evident in their commitment to safety, quality and productivity,” Cooksey said in a news release. “I credit our success to our great people, who pay attention to the smallest details to make each vehicle the best of its kind.”

    Building the Corvette Z06 is a 36-hour process that requires significant attention to detail.

    Workers at GM’s Performance Build Center individually assemble each LS7 engine that goes into the Z06. In fact, each 505-horsepower engine is signed by the worker who assembled it - a sign of their pride of workmanship, according to the company.

    Hales said being honored through a national television audience is “awesome,” especially considering that many of the factories featured on the show are much newer.

    “This plant has been producing Corvettes for 26 years. This is not a new facility, the equipment isn’t new; it’s all about the people and the product itself,” Hales said.

    — The show will air on Insight Cable channel 32 (digital channel 450) at 9 p.m. Thursday and again at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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