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Tonawanda engines prove to be fast sellers for Corvette

photo from General Motors

Coming out of November, General Motors sold more than 31,000 Corvettes last year. Every one of the cars featured an engine from the Town of Tonawanda.

When the sales report for December is out, sales will be even higher. November was the first month to ship the ZO6, which is sharing the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly line with the Stingray.

The new model has a rocket-like, 650-horsepower engine.

"It's actually going very well. We've introduced the new model that goes into the Corvette ZO6. So, we're really excited about that," said Tonawanda Powertrain Plant Manager Steve Finch. He calls it a great experience to know where the special  Corvette engines are going.  

Finch says workers like all of the engines for the various GM cars which come out of Tonawanda Powertrain but he says there is that special mystique for a car like the Corvette.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.