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2020 Chevrolet Corvette engines will be built in Tonawanda

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jul 23, 2019

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The General Motors plant in Tonawanda will be making the engines that power the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Mark Reuss, GM's President, was at the plant on Tuesday to make the announcement.

Ram Ramanujam, the plant's engine director said this about maintaining and retaining jobs. The engine will be built on the same line as the plant's other products. The plant's workers filled the floor for the announcement.

"We’re really proud of what we do," said Ramanujam. "And the fact that we’re from western New York and these cars are going global, and they’re going to see that it’s made here."

The engines will have a Chevrolet Tonawanda "The Number 1 Team" sticker.

This will be Chevrolet's first mid-engine Corvette, meaning the engine will be in the back of the car instead of the front, providing more power. The car will be able to go from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds. Reuss said that is unheard of for a car in the Corvette's price range (about $60,000).

GM invested nearly $300 million into the Tonawanda plant in 2016. The Rochester and Lockport facilities will also be making parts for the 2020 Stingray.