Kentucky Auto Industry Speeds Up U.S. Recovery

4 Jun 2021


Top-selling cars and trucks are built in Kentucky by Kentuckians.

If that fact alone is not enough to convince you of the efficacy of the Bluegrass State as a manufacturing destination for automakers and their suppliers, consider this: even during a pandemic-induced recession that drastically cut vehicle sales through the first half of 2020, General Motors, Ford and Toyota still experienced strong rebounds in sales of vehicles made in Kentucky.

GM reported Jan. 5 that its vehicle sales in the U.S. increased by 5% during the last three months of 2020, marking the company’s best fourth quarter performance in retail sales since 2017 with deliveries up 12%.

GM makes America’s flagship sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, at its plant in Bowling Green. In the final quarter of 2020, deliveries of the new mid-engine Corvette were up 158% — the highest gain of any GM product.

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