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7th April, 2013

A Chevrolet factory engineer was impressed by the amount of planning already underway for the arrival of the all-new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray sports car at Australia's leading independent American vehicle importer Performax International.

Eric Millette, Lean Manufacturing Engineer and Business Manager of Body Systems at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corvette assembly plant, visited Performax while in Australia to attend the 25th Corvette Nationals in Toowoomba at Easter.

He toured the Performax factory in Gympie (Queensland) and briefed engineering and production staff on details of the C7, which made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show in January.

Performax expects to receive its first 6.2 litre, 336 kiloWatt Corvette Stingray coupe later this year, but right-hand drive development and government compliance processes are expected to push the model's local on-sale date well into 2014.

"Eric was advised by the General Motors management to come and have a look at Performax International and see the way we do our right-hand drive conversions on Chevy Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados," the company's General Manager Glenn Soper said.

"He was very impressed with the facility, the attention to detail and the finish quality."

"He took time to talk to our expert Corvette convertors and was blown away by their commitment, knowledge, attention to detail and their eagerness."

On hand for Mr Millette to inspect was Performax International's RHD version of the ultimate C6 Corvette, the 427 Convertible Collector Edition possibly the only example in Australia and a tribute to Corvette's 60-year history.

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Mr Millette briefed Performax International Production Manager Andy Pullin and Chief Engineer Peter Lambrides about the C7 Corvette and was amazed at the forward planning already going on for the new model, Mr Soper said.

"It wasn't just the Corvettes that blew Eric away. After inspecting the rolling production line of pick-ups (utes) and being shown our procedures he was extremely impressed with the whole operation."

"His words were a huge shot in the arm for our entire team. While we can't expect any official approval from General Motors, the personal comments of one of its engineers confirmed that the quality of our engineering and finish is as good as or better than factory-original."

"Performax International has a big year ahead of us in bringing to the Australian market the C7 Stingray, an upgraded Camaro and all-new Silverado pick-up (ute)."

"Eric Millette's feedback gives us and our customers great confidence that these new models with the Performax difference will more than surpass expectations when they finally appear on our roads.""

Performax International, based in Gympie (Queensland) was founded 23 years ago and converts over 200 fully-complied right-hand drive vehicles a year to ISO 9001 Quality Assured standard.


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