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GM Wilmington plant schematic . . . assembly starts at lower left and ends just above it. Sub-assembly areas are shown in red, assembly in blue.


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GM Wilmington plant schematic. Note that there is also a "VIN step" in the schematic.
 

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. . . commercial issues . . for example . . we use an Opel Corsa seat frame that's produced in Mexico. The supplier was going to do the cushions, then deliver the finished seats down there in Mexico at a really good price. But when we moved to Wilmington, there was no way -at our volume- for them to ship the seats from Mexico and still turn a profit. We tried to figure out how to get those seats at an affordable cost and, as it turned out, that suppliers's plant in the U.S. had the quality and control we wanted. That's what we're using, and they've done a great job at an even more reasonable price than Mexico. But that took till April 2004 to resolve.


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Cutaway view of a Corsa C (2000 - 2006) --> Zoom in
 

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that GM link go round and round and orund...gets me dizzy.
I do like our seats,wish they had a little more cushion in the bottom. and for some stupid reason I cant seem to get mine to lay all the way back to take a nap......go figure.
 

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Another struggle involved paint colors . . .we had notion of what colors we wanted . . .but the exterior people said, wait a minute the Saturn L is still being built at Wilmington. You can change one or two colors, but you need to keep all the rest. We said, No Way! this is a brand-new car . . . we are going to choose a fresh palette . . . eventually we were able to specify eight colors we felt were right for the car.


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This rare color was not one of the eight
 

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The first customer order salable Solstice was welded, bolted and bonded together on 27 July 2005, the first Saturn Sky . . 13 Feb 2006. A third shift was aided in January of that year . . . the plant reached its full capacity by the end of April 2006.


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Do we know what the serial number of that Solstice was? The actual first car off the line would probably have enhanced value, unlike the later do-it-yourself first 1000 etc.

Hadn't realized that the Sky came so quickly after the Solstice.
 

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Yes, I know the serial of all the 27 July cars, and the 700+ cars built before that date.
 

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What exactly were the previous 700 - not salable cars?
 

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Page wide photo of the assembly line. Nearly finished Solstices approach the final inspection area.


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Page wide photo of Lutz giving a speech. A hundred early buyers gathered in Detroit in August 2005, with Lutz presiding.


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Bob Lutz at the early buyers event.
 

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Large photo related to the early buyers event. Pre production cars were available for test drives.


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Two of the mentioned pre production cars. Note the chiclets.
 

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. . . Kendra Todd, the young woman who'd won the segment on The Apprentice also ended up the overall winner . . we gave Kendra a brand new Solstice. At the end of the show, she walked off the set, hopped into a pre-production Solstice and drove it away to her new job. We later swapped the pre-production car for one from dealer inventory.


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The "The Apprentice" Pontiac Solstice campaign was a huge success.
 

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Handing over the keys in the at the Wintergarden in front of GM's Detroit Renaissance Center Head Quarters . . . Bob Lutz hands Solstice keys to Winners of first Solstice as Lori Queen and John Larson applaud.


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Aug-4-2005: Winners Shelly and Clark Brinton, vice chairman of product development Bob Lutz, vehicle line executive small cars Lori Queen and Pontiac GMC Buick general manager John Larson.
 

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. . . Solstice media program kicked off some 16 months before production started . . . late Feb 2004 . . . magazine editors and writers were invited to drive two engineering mules at Goodwood race track and on the back roads of Southern England . . . prior to the press drive, the engineers spent two productive weeks in England doing suspension and chassis development . . the press drive began at Brooklands (also see page 50) site of England's first auto race track . . . coffee in Blackheath . . . lunch in Lower Beeding . . . overnight in Climping . . . second day the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit.


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Several photos from the European trip
 

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Naming the Solstice . . . choosing a name is always difficult . . . we had some interesting names that Bob Lutz suggested. Plus others from design staff . . . the name Solstice came from Ken Bakowski, a product manager . . . Solstice wasn't our only choice. But the more we looked at it, the more we liked it . . . when the choice was made Meyers (general manager) sent a note to Lutz . . . Bob said the concept was so incredibly strong that we could call it just about anything . . . and he was right . . . the name went on the concept car, and we knew that if it did get approved for production, that name would stay with it.


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Page wide photo of a Solstice engineering mule in close up on the grid of Girling race track in England


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Solstice engineering mule at the Paul Richard race track in Southern France.
 

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. . . while the auto magazines were trashing new Solstices and MX-5s on test track, race track and rural byways, others were evaluating them more like regular folk . . .Esquire "one of the coolest cars" . . . Life "one of six sexiest cars of 2006" . . . US News "one of top ten 2006 cars" . . . Forbes "one of 12 hottest cars of 2006" . . . Popular Science "best of what;s new"


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Esquire: The coolest thing to come out of Detroit in, like, ever.
 

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Interesting photo: Bruce Kosbab answers questions for journalists during an indoor briefing session in England


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Photo similar (taken from different angle) to the one described above. Solstice engineering mule in what is probably part of "Dunlop Macs Bungalow" (thanks Shane!) at the Brooklands museum. On the far left assistant chief engineer Bob Kosbab. Through the window one can see another mule on, what looks like, a trailer.
 
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