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Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice May Live On

Posted in GM, Newsworthy, Pontiac, Roadster, Saturn, Sports Cars by Geoff | May 12th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |
Wilmington Solstice/Sky Factory

Wilmington Solstice/Sky Factory

There may be life after GM’s death for the Solstice and Sky.  Admirers of the sports cars are crossing their collective fingers on word from GM CEO Fritz Henderson’s statement that GM is entertaining the notion of selling the Wilmington Delaware plant where the two roadsters are built.   

Corvette-Powered Mallett Sky

Corvette-Powered Mallett Sky

If General Motors would be willing to sell its Wilmington plant where the two cars a produced, and at this point why wouldn’t they, a smaller niche company in the mold of say a Shelby, Mallett or Roush may be able to keep the two highly praised cars alive, though at probably an even lower production capacity than they were under GM.  Last year Pontiac sold 10,739 Solstices and Saturn moved 9,162 Sky convertibles.  The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive cars share the same structure and turbocharged 260 hp four-cylinder engine.  

2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

GM is cutting brands, factories and dealers as it races to meet a government-imposed June 1 deadline to restructure.  While Saturn is increasingly likely to be sold off by the end of the year, GM is steadfast in simply shuttering the Pontiac brand for good next year.

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