GM to move hand-built engine program

Ky. Corvette plant to replace Detroit center

Richard Truett
Automotive News
September 14, 2013 - 12:01 am ET

DETROIT -- From a nondescript building in a quiet industrial park in suburban Detroit, General Motors has shipped nearly 40,000 hand-built engines for some of the automaker's fastest cars.

That ends in January when GM closes its Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., after nearly a decade in business. The closure also will temporarily end a popular build-your-own program in which customers pay $5,000 to spend a day at the center assembling an engine for their Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro or custom car.

GM Powertrain spokesman Tom Read said the company plans to set up a similar program in the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Ky. He declined to say when the program will begin.

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