Lori Queen said:By Lori Queen
GM Vehicle Line Executive - Small Cars
First, let me just say wow! I can feel the excitement and pent-up demand for the Solstice. Second, let me give you my heartfelt thanks for your candor. Your reservations about whether we’ll come through for all of you –- and for GM –- clearly came across as well as your strong hope that we’ll exceed everyone’s expectations. I’m confident we will –- or least I’ll go down trying!
Let me respond to some common themes:
I saw lots of questions regarding powertrains and the desire for extra horses. As many of you probably know, the Ecotec is a great powertrain, with lots of family members, and it’s perfect for this car. Solstice drivers will have 177 hp and 166 ft. lb of torque. Combine that with an Aisin five-speed manual transmission and, well, you have a fun roadster to throw around the curves. I know because I’ve been driving my Solstice around Detroit. (You can imagine the looks I’m getting! My three teenagers agree –- it’s really cool.). For those of you who are asking for an automatic transmission – look for one next spring.
As far as the product development cycle -– it will be complete in a record 27 months. A typical ground-up, all-new design and build process can take much longer. Part of our new process requires stringent testing and a lot of driving of very early non-saleable cars. The first cars that are the result of our tested, validated and perfected process will be those first
We will be sure to let you know when we are in production. I'm glad nearly all of you agreed with us that quality is an over-riding goal.
Hope that helps. Keep sending us what you think. We love hearing from you. More again later.
You are in Florida! You can cruise 11 months out of the year!dori-san said:Note: she stated that their goal is to get the first 1000 delivered by OCTOBER! I sure hope they can speed that up, because I'm definitely not one of the thousand and I'm really hoping I'll have mine around the time of my birthday (Sept. 15). So if they're not giving out any of the others until all first 1000 are out, and that doesn't happen until Oct. that means it'll be December-ish until they get around to mine probably. Certainly not the proper time to get a convertible. I sure hope they can be quicker than that or I'm going to be quite irked. Godspeed GM, Godspeed!