GM has to do what it needs to do to remain a viable business entity. They are being driven into a corner with the Administration on one side and the Unions on the other but that is where they are at.
The Kappa was in all probability not going to out live its current set of tooling and based on everything I have read was a money loosing product line from the beginning. It was created to buff the image of two now dead brands, Pontiac and Saturn. Too little too last and caught in the housing financial crash like a lot of other things in the economy. So while the management of GM is culpable, its not totally their fault.
I have a 20002 Jeep Wrangler. They dont make them any more. I wanted doors. I got the last two that were available in the country a month ago. You can still go buy a new Wrangler, just not a 2002 Wrangler. No car gets produced forever. Yet you manage to find parts for them if you really want.
I saw two MGs from the 1960s out this weekend top down in Parker Colorado. Beautiful cars but they stopped making parts for them, what 40 years ago? Yet somehow people find a way to keep them running.
If you are 50 now and live to be driving at 80 that means 30 years from now you wont care about parts anymore.
There are a hell of a lot more kappas floating around now than there were MGs back in the day.
I even saw an Austin Healy this weekend. Looked great.
Our warranties are from GM and not the product line. We need GM to stay viable so our warranties are still good, but even the best warranty will run out someday. Oh wait, no they dont. My Jeep has a lifetime powertrain warranty for the orrigional owner. So I guess I can drive it till it falls apart and take it in for refurbishment and then do it all over again.
We have two kappas and two Jeeps. We enjoy the kappas on good days and drive the Jeeps the rest of the time. The wife is putting 6k miles a year on her Sky and I am putting about 12k miles a year on my Sol. At that rate, they will be well under 100k when the warranty times out.
I suggest that we should mourn the passing of the brand, but our cars were destined to pass in any case. I gaurantee that there was never going to be a 2020 Solstice / Sky. So its really a matter of timing.
And on the upside, one of the things that is great about our cars, besides they are really fun to drive and get stares all the time, is that they will remain relatively rare. The end of production will mean that they will not go the way of the Miatta and be all over the place and so common place as to be boreing and every day.