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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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Here is Why C7 Inventories are Diminishing Even Though C8 Is Coming Next Month

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  • Here is Why C7 Inventories are Diminishing Even Though C8 Is Coming Next Month

    It wasn’t long ago that I read the C7 Corvette sales were struggling due to incoming C8. Just 2 months ago GMauthority.com reported that there were 9,000 unsold Chevrolet Corvettes crowding dealer lots and then as of 3 days ago they are now reporting that number has dropped by over 2,000 cars. The C7 is a hot Corvette and even with the C8 on the horizon people are still inclined to buy one.

    Torque News reports: The C7 Corvette Inventory Is Diminishing Regardless of Upcoming C8 Reveal

    There is a lot of unknowns with the C8 Corvette, many of which won’t be answered until the July 18th reveal, and that is one of the biggest reasons the C7 Corvette is still very appetizing to some.

    The 7th generation Corvette stands to possibly be the last of the front engine Corvette and because of this could also act as a collectible to some. There are more than a few proud Corvette owners out there that still don’t want to see the mid-engine layout of the C8 as a “pure” Corvette and because of this, will continue along with their C7 Corvettes or even possibly jump up a model or 2 in order to maintain the “best” possible 7th generation Corvette experience.
    Last edited by John; 06-25-2019, 05:13 PM. Reason: Fixed typo in title. Thanks for this thread midenginenc.

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    Thanks midenginenc. The C7 is a kick *** sports car. It was in 2013 when revealed. It is right now.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Recently test drove a c7 Z06 and hot dam it was quick...

      yes the c7 is a supercar!

      3 and a half months of inventory at current rate sound about right?

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      • #4
        Thank You Midengine. I have been saying this for months. As excited as we are about the C8 those of us that have a C7 are probably struggling with getting rid of our C7s to get a C8, I know I am. I am seriously considering keeping my C7 in the garage next to my C8, well at least for a while. I do feel that the interest in the C7 will revive once the dealers no longer have them and 2019s with low milage will creep up from current market lows that the announcement of the C8 has created. The old die hards will be looking for a FE car at a substantial savings to new C8s pricing due to having to pay sticker and them some at smaller dealerships.

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        • #5
          Great idea to keep a C7 and get a C8 — for those who can.
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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          • #6
            In MHO it is the C7 Z06 that is far and away is the top Corvette ever produced then it supported by the greatest aftermarket. The C8 will have a ways to catch up in performance and then not till the C8 Z06
            then likely will never have as strong of aftermarket
            Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 06-30-2019, 11:03 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JB View Post
              Recently test drove a c7 Z06 and hot dam it was quick...

              yes the c7 is a supercar!

              3 and a half months of inventory at current rate sound about right?

              I bought a '19 Z06 2 months ago, and all I can say is that it is "stupid stupid stupid" fast. Did I mention that it's fast? Because it's FAST

              The traction control light flashed at me in 5th gear today (M7), not that I was pushing it at all or anyting lol

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              • #8
                Fun; and more FUN!
                GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by John View Post
                  Fun; and more FUN!
                  Yep I had a 2014 C7 had it Supercharged. Then went to the 2015 Z06. The Z06's are a superior car over the C7. Then the I have a 2017 Z06 and then I bought the last 2018
                  or early 2019 as it has the 2019 updates. The 2017 Z06 is improved over the 2015-2016 Then the 2019 C7 Z06 is the finest Corvette ever made. I would buy a C8 but I have been that path with the C6 and C7. Should have waited neither purchase was owned very long been better to wait for the upper model Z06. The Base C8 will not be as fast or out pace the 2017- 2019 C7 Z06's. I'll wait with no set plan on a purchase.

                  I very much like the C7 Z06 set up with the 2300 Heartbeat less heat than the GM blowers. Rather Click image for larger version

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                  • #10
                    Enjoy your amazing corvettes and certainly waiting for the c8 z06 makes a lot of sense...

                    they are all great vehicles...

                    enjoy and i look forward to your reviews of the c8 z51 versus your amazing corvettes...

                    i hope you can get behind the wheel of a c8 to lend us your insights..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JB View Post
                      Enjoy your amazing corvettes and certainly waiting for the c8 z06 makes a lot of sense...

                      they are all great vehicles...

                      enjoy and i look forward to your reviews of the c8 z51 versus your amazing corvettes...

                      i hope you can get behind the wheel of a c8 to lend us your insights..
                      Since my newest Z06 has just 1500 miles and 29 payments 0 interest payments left. I'm good for another 2 to 3 years.
                      Plus I'm in the home business now and everything is working towards getting the first one finished, It takes all your time.
                      Love to drive and see the C8 perform!
                      Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 07-14-2019, 10:58 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post
                        Thank You Midengine. I have been saying this for months. As excited as we are about the C8 those of us that have a C7 are probably struggling with getting rid of our C7s to get a C8, I know I am. I am seriously considering keeping my C7 in the garage next to my C8, well at least for a while. I do feel that the interest in the C7 will revive once the dealers no longer have them and 2019s with low milage will creep up from current market lows that the announcement of the C8 has created. The old die hards will be looking for a FE car at a substantial savings to new C8s pricing due to having to pay sticker and them some at smaller dealerships.
                        I would have never bought a C7 this past March and would have held out for a C8, but my wife absolutely loves the car. Needless to say, I'm not a fan and rarely if ever drive it.

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                        • #13
                          There are, and are going to be, plenty of Corvette owners that don't like, or want nothing to do with, a Corvette that isn't front-engined with a long hood and short deck. I'm sure a fair number of them are purchasing the last "real" Corvette.

                          (Even if it doesn't have round taillights and hidden headlights. )
                          Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                          Current C7: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black overDaytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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                          Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                          • #14
                            Wait until the car comes out, the specs come out, and people see it in person, as to how many eat this:

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                            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                            • #15
                              I love crow.....i eat it all the time.


                              cant wait for this evenings reveal and glad I am on Mike Furmans list...at Criswell.

                              i have a really good feeling about this new generation corvette...

                              the pricing, the choices of options and colors , the amazing dct and hopeful for 500 hp...

                              7 hours to go!

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