According to the guys at Corvette Blogger, General Motors is planning downtime at its Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky to upgrade the plant before the 2018 model year.
Sources tell the Corvette enthusiast site that the plant will shut down for most of the summer months to overhaul the plant’s assembly processes. Allegedly GM will end Corvette production when the 2017 model year runs its course, which is supposedly in early June. After the last 2017 model rolls down the line, the plant will close for several months.
Due to the scheduled downtime, the plant is expected to run at full capacity in order to produce enough Corvettes to stock dealerships throughout the downtime.
An official announcement from GM is expected soon.
The work will likely be related to a $290 million investment GM announced in June 2016 associated with Bowling Green. The investment was to upgrade Bowling Green’s assembly line and processes.
Once the work is complete the plant is supposedly going to start production on the 2018 models. The 2018 model is expected to continue to be the C7 Stingray, but the rumored Corvette ZR1 is expected to be part of the 2018 model year run.