Chevrolet plans to end production of the 2013 Corvette in February and idle the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant for six months.
The carmaker will use the time to retool the facility for the next generation Corvette. The redesigned 2014 Corvette will be produced starting in August or September 2013, GM today announced. The carmaker also said it has told Chevrolet dealers the factory will stop accepting guaranteed specific orders for the 2013 Corvette at the end of this month.
However, dealers can continue to submit orders for the 2013 Corvette until the end of December. But GM won’t guarantee that a specific combination of trim level and options will be built. The 2014 Corvette is expected to be slightly shorter and significantly lighter than the current model. It will also sport an upgraded, more comfortable interior.
According to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, only two parts will be carried over from the 2013 Corvette to the new model: the cabin ari filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel.
The new Corvette will be premiered on January 13 at the Detroit auto show.