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The studio modeled two iterations. . . the narrow version also had smaller wheels . . . in side by side comparisons most people favored the wider car
 

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"we talked lot about cargo space" . . . but I don't recall any pressure to lengthen the car to get more trunk


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Perhaps the toughest exterior challenge was getting the wheel pushed outward almost flush with the fender edges and minimizing the vertical distance between the tops of the tires and the fenders


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GM Group Vice President Mark Hogan introduces the Kappa platform at the 2004 Detroit Auro Show


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The show car had the lights flush with the body surface . . . . we had to take into account how much it costs to repair the vehicle. So we developed offsets around the lamps


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This has been a neat post and looking forward to each new page. Last night I was surprised by the gift from my son which I received last night! I must say I never expected this and a big thank you to my Michael!

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2004 Detroit show . . . . . and someone from the media came up and asked where the Solstice was. I said "Right here". He said "No way, that's the show car. Where's the production car?". I said "No, that is the production car"


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Driving it through my neighborhood was a fantastic experience. Ten-year-old kids where running up the street to see it. It was a realy cool happening. That's why I got into this business. You have this vision, and you want to see it on the street.


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New ones go for a little over 30 bucks
New ones WENT for as little ar $30. There don't seem to be any available for less than $195 as of today. I'm glad i bought mine when it first came out. Solstice Memorabilia is rapidly increasing in price. I bought a Maisto 1/64 car in 2009 for $.99 and now they are going for as much as $40 if you can find one..
 

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Did not know that. Bought one in 2014 and 3 "spare" ones from the publisher a few months ago for something like 34 $ each.
 

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. . . it got smash reviews! That's is when Bob pulled me aside and said, "Mark, we have to figure out a way to do this car." I said, "Okay, but it can't be done off any existing GM architecture." So Bob said, "Throw out the rulebook. If we have to develop new architecture, let's do it."


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Hand-assembled Solstice mules looked pretty much like the real thing.


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Solstice mule. Note the mirrors
 

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GM engineers were already developing the Chevrolet SSR, another low-volume, high-style halo two-seater destined for introduction the following year. So should GM take-on yet another such car?


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The Solstice engineering staff was broken down into 10 sub-teams . . . Powertrain, Chassis, HVAC & Powertrain Cooling, Interior Trim, Body Structures & Closures, Exterior Fascias Lighting etc, Electrical, Safety, Program Architecture, Program Validation, . . . . . . . . overall coordinator Bruce Kosbab.


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Almost none of the powertrain components is unique to the Solstice, but everything fits together comfortably.


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Solstie is first car to use Kappa platform. Hydroformed side rails, galvanized central tunnel and rear bulkhead stiffen structure.


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When VPI (Vehicle Program Initiation) finally happen on 7 February 2003, small-car VLE (Vehicle Line Executive) Lori Queen could hardly believe it. "Bob Lutz told me from the start that if the car went to a vehicle line team we'd be in it. But I couldn't image how we'd be a to fir it into our workload."


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What was unusual is that they wanted to do this car really fast. . . typically an all-new program takes 48 months, maybe 38-42 months at best, but nothing like this 27-month program.

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We wanted the marching orders to be crystal clear: "This is the vehicle. Four-cylinders only and 100% BOM (Bill Of Materials) re-use" . . . . there was no way we could get a 100% BOM re-use . . . . . but the policy would expose exceptions and there'd be a challenge process when people felt they needed to do a new or modified part.


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