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.