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CORVETTE TODAY #129 - Corvette News and Headlines, Early October 2022

Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger team up once again to bring you the most current and up-to-date information on Corvette. It’s the CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show to start off October!;
Here are some of the topics Steve and Keith will cover next week....
—The Bowling Green Assembly Plant ran a rare “2 shift Saturday” last weekend
--C8 Z06 embargo on driving impression ended last week
--Corvette’s average sale price is almost 20% over MRSP
--The 1st customer ordered Z06 was built last week
--Is Ford benchmarking the C8 Z06?
--Road & Track magazine is now testing the C8 Z06
--Detroit News readers name the C8 Corvette “Best in Show” at Detroit Auto Show
--The new “Driven By Design” exhibit opens at the NCM
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Z06 Auto-Media Testing Results & Impressions

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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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    A study conducted by American University in Washington DC has found that the Chevrolet Corvette is America’s most American-made car, marking the 4th year in a row that America’s historic sports car has claimed that title.
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    By Patrick Rall G+ Jun 13 2017 - 3:25pm The Chevrolet Corvette is America's Most American-Made Car

    A study conducted by American University in Washington DC has found that the Chevrolet Corvette is America’s most American-made car, marking the 4th year in a row that America’s historic sports car has claimed that title.

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    Each year since 2013, American University has issued their “Made in America Auto Index”, which looks at a long list of variables to figure out which vehicles sold in America are the most Made in America. However, this study looks at far more than just where a vehicle is physically built, taking into account things like where a company’s headquarters are located (thus where they contribute the most to the local economy), where key drivetrain components are built, where vehicle R&D was performed and, of course, where the vehicles are built.

    When American University first published their Made in America Auto Index back in 2013, the Dodge Avenger was the most American-made car in America, but when that model was killed off for the following year – the Chevrolet Corvette jumped up into the top spot.

    America’s first true sports car has remained in that top spot every year since then, with 2017 being the 4th straight year where the most Made in America car was the Chevrolet Corvette.

    American University’s Made in America Auto Index
    The Made in America Auto Index from American University has seven basic criteria with point systems within each category. Below is a breakdown of how the points work from the American University website:

    Profit Margin - This was measured based on the location of an automaker’s headquarters. If an automaker’s global headquarters is located in the US, the model receives a 6. If it is not, it receives a 0. The assumption here is that (on average), 6% of a vehicle’s value is profit margin, so if it is a U.S. automaker, the profits remain in the country.

    Labor - This category considers where the car is assembled. If a model is assembled in the US, it receives a 6. If not, the model receives a 0. We assume that approximately 6% of the vehicle’s value is labor content.
    Research and Development (R&D) - This category looks at the location of a car’s R&D activities. If the model is a product of a US company, it receives a 6. If it is the product of a foreign company but is assembled in the U.S. it receives a 3; if it is a foreign import it receives a 1.

    Inventory, Capital and other expenses - If assembly occurs in the US, the model receives an 11; if not, it receives a 0.

    Engine - If the engine is produced in the US, the model receives a 14; if not it receives a 0.

    Transmission - If the transmission is produced in the US, the model receives a 7; if not it receives a 0.

    Body, Chassis, and Electrical Components - 50 % of a vehicle’s score is assigned to this category. The AALA percentage is divided into two to derive this score.

    Each vehicle is scored based on those criteria and when the points were calculated, the Chevrolet Corvette with the automatic transmission was found to be the most Made in America car in the USA for 2017. The Corvette is made in America, the engine and transmission are made in America, the company’s headquarters are in America, he vehicle R&D is handled in America and in terms of things like electric system components and other items which almost always come from overseas – the Corvette ranks high there as well.

    The overall 2017 Made in America Auto Index list is topped by the Chevrolet Traverse, the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia with a score of 85.5% American. The Ford F150 is in second (technically fourth if we spread out those closely related GM SUVs) and the Corvette comes in third or fifth overall, depending on how you look at the list.

    The next car on the list is the Ford Taurus in sixth (or ninth), filing in behind the similar Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator.

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      America's Most American-Made Car

      Seems fitting.
      My C8:
      '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

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