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Corvette Today: Corvette News & Headlines, Early October 2023

The automotive industry is going through a tumultuous time right now with the United Auto Workers striking the Big 3 automakers. Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, teams up again with Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger to bring you the most up-to-date information in the world of Corvette.;

Besides the UAW strike, here are some of the other Corvette topics that Steve and Keith will discuss:

1. 2024 Corvette production started on Monday, September 18th

2. Two ZR1 prototypes are spotted in Colorado with no wheel coverings and no exhaust sounds

3. A C3 Corvette gets a "Mako-over" into a Mako Shark II

4. A C8 Z06 falls off a lift at a dealership

5. A 2023 70th Anniversary Z06 sells at Mecum for $247,500

6. A Chevy Silverado rolls over a C8 Corvette....ON PURPOSE!

Every other week, CORVETTE TODAY brings you the latest news in the world of Corvette to keep you informed on what's happening with America's Sports Car!
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2024 & 2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

2024 Order Guide Here:
2023 Corvette Brochure:
E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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  • GM’s BuyOut Offer and More Lay-off Information

    Originally posted by cnbc
    Here's the buyout GM offered before announcing 14,000 job cuts

    Originally posted by cnbc
    • Before its layoff announcement, GM had offered voluntary buyouts to 17,700 employees, citing stiff competition and a tough economy.
    • About 2,250 workers took buyouts; the company was aiming for 8,000 "voluntary" separations.
    • GM announced 14,000 job cuts this week.

    Tyler Clifford | @_TylerTheTyler_
    Published 10 Mins

    executives painted a bleak outlook of the global economy in offering buyouts to 17,700 employees last month.

    "We must take significant action and now while our company and the economy are strong," they said in talking points given to managers in October to discuss the severance plan with staff. CNBC obtained the "leader talking points," and GM verified their authenticity.

    An "intensely competitive" industry combined with pressure from rising commodities prices, interest rates and a difficult trade environment created a sense of urgency. "We need ... to make the right pre-emptive moves so that we come out of this tough time ahead," they said in the talking points.

    The Detroit automaker on Monday announced plans to halt production at five factories in North America and cut about 14,000 jobs in the company's most significant restructuring since its bankruptcy in 2009. The news falls on the heels of an otherwise strong quarter. Its third-quarter earnings released Oct. 31 — the same day GM started soliciting the buyouts — showed its first year-over-year earnings growth since the first quarter of 2017 and sent the stock soaring 9 percent.

    'Not an option'

    But executives saw stiff competition and a tough economy ahead. The cuts are designed to free up some cash and position its workforce of 180,000 for the future of autonomous vehicles and electric cars.

    "We cannot afford to wait and see what happens in the industry, or with China, or in international trade or currency, to then react," the severance document said. "Even if macro-economic factors are partially to blame, continuing to lower guidance to Wall Street is not an option."

    GM offered voluntary buyouts to roughly 17,700 eligible employees in North America with at least 12 years of service, according to the document. The company was aiming for 8,000 voluntary buyouts among its salaried workers as part of a total headcount reduction of 14,000, spokesman Pat Morrissey confirmed. He said about 2,250 workers accepted severance agreements by the Nov. 19 deadline.

    The carmaker previously said that involuntary layoffs would follow if there were not enough takers. Roughly 5,750 salaried workers and 6,000 hourly employees will be laid off, he confirmed. Half of the hourly workers are in Canada with the other half in the U.S., where the company will work with union officials to try to move to other plants, Morrissey said.

    Salary and benefits

    GM is allowing some employees who took the buyouts to leave as early as this coming Saturday with an official last day of Jan. 31 and salary and benefits continuing for six months after that. Executives could also leave in December with an effective last day of Feb. 28 and a full year of salary and benefits, according to the severance materials.

    GM warned this summer that the trade war instigated by President Donald Trump could force job cuts in the United States. Trump was irate with GM's announcement this week, tweeting on Tuesday that he was "very disappointed" with the company and CEO Mary Barrafor idling plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland.

    "Nothing being closed in Mexico & China. The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get," Trump tweeted. He also threatened to cut all of the company's federal subsidies, following up on Wednesday with the announcement that the administration was studying all tariffs on cars imported to the U.S. because of the "G.M. event."

    GM says the move would help to save $6 billion a year. Shares of the company jumped 4.8 percent on the announcement Monday, but Trump's tweets drove the stock down Tuesday and Wednesday. Its shares have fallen by almost 20 percent during the last year.

    "A strong cash position is the only way the company can deal with these factors and also continue to invest in growth opportunities and to set ourselves up for the future," the talking points said.

    "The leadership team is very focused on improving our cash generation and profit performance on each of our vehicles."

    — CNBC's Robert Ferris contributed to this article.

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    Here’s an interesting hypothesis. Maybe spot on.

    Originally posted by GM Authority
    Does General Motors Have A Bargaining Chip In Unallocated Plants?
    General Motors dropped more than a few bombshells this past Monday as it announced it would idle four U.S. manufacturing facilities and close down the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada. It will leave nearly 15,000 production workers without a job, should GM successfully negotiate their closures.

    But, perhaps GM has a different plan. The latest episode of Autoline Daily proposes an interesting scenario where the unallocated plants turn into a massive bargaining chip for the automaker. The United Auto Workers union and GM must hash out a new contract next year in September. Coincidentally, the Lordstown plant in Ohio, Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, and two transmission plants (one in Maryland and one in Michigan) will go offline only a few months before negotiations start.

    Thus, GM could use these idled plants as its bargaining chip with the UAW to save costs and potentially allocate new product. It’s not an impossible scenario.

    The automaker has raked in record profits and isn’t exactly hurting as it announces these major restructuring efforts. CEO Mary Barra has said she wants to trim and make the company leaner ahead of a future downturn. Thus, GM has the resources to retool and allocate new product to these plants, and they could be electric cars.

    Recall, GM has 20 new electric vehicles on the way by 2023. While most of them will be for China, we expect a handful for the North American market. GM has to build these new vehicles somewhere, and the automaker could perhaps dangle these products in front of the UAW.

    What would GM get in return? Potentially lower labor costs, such as expanded use of entry-level workers who will earn lower wages at its production plants.

    Or, this could be a pipedream scenario. Electric cars aren’t profitable for any automaker (although GM said its forthcoming platform will churn out profitable EVs), and building electric vehicles in the U.S. likely won’t help reduce costs. The automaker also has to face the end of its EV tax credits. GM will likely reach that cap by the end of this year, or in early 2019. President Trump has also threatened to pull the subsidy in retaliation to idling the four plants.

    It will be an interesting event to watch unfold as the plants shut down in mid-2019. Whether the lights go out permanently is to be determined.
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      "Trump tweeted. He also threatened to cut all of the company's federal subsidies."

      There are no "federal subsidies" to GM.

      There is a tax credit that buyers of electric vehicles get. He can't eliminate that without Congressional action and that ain't gonna happen. Besides, that tax credit for GM electric vehicles expires next month anyway due to volume sold.

      Come on man, try coming up with something useful.
      Last edited by Boomer; 11-28-2018, 02:47 PM.