Chevy hiring 400 plant workers ahead of C8 Corvette launch

Unfortunately, those workers won't be building the C7.

With production of its next-generation Corvette right around the corner, Chevrolet has announced it'll be hiring 400 new workers and adding a second shift at the sport car's Bowling Green, Kentucky production plant.

Chevrolet will officially unveil the eighth-generation Corvette on July 18, with production expected to begin shortly thereafter. As with all modern Corvettes, the C8 will be built exclusively in Bowling Green.

"The Corvette's iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. "This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today's announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.”

The C8 will mark a major deviation for the Corvette brand. Unlike the seven cars that came before it, the C8 will switch to a mid-engine layout to better take on car makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini. The Corvette's signature V8 engine, however, isn't going anywhere.

In addition to announcing a flurry of activity at the Bowling Green plant, Chevy's press release also squashed hopes that the current C7 Corvette would soldier on as a cheaper alternative the mid-engined C8 Corvette. Chevy says the last C7 will rollout of the Kentucky plant sometime this summer.

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