Corvette Blogger reports the Corvette assembly plant will shut down for “several months” later this year in order to complete essential assembly line upgrades. The shutdown is expected to occur at the end of the 2017 model year, which would have the lines go idle in June. The plant will be shut down for around three months.
It’s likely that this shutdown will implement the $290 million investment GM earmarked for the plant last summer, in which the automaker stated it would “upgrade and modify the plant’s vehicle assembly operations with new technologies and processes.”
The plant will likely go online just in time for the 2018 model year of Corvette, which is expected to bring an all-new, 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1 with it. A 6.2-liter DOHC LT5 V8 engine is expected to be under the hood of this new Corvette, too.
The plant’s assembly line has remained mostly unchanged since the start of C5 Corvette production in 1997, likely meaning that these upgrades have been a long time coming.