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Looks like we aren't the only ones with top woes....

Pontiac delays G6 convertible
Retractable hardtop requires some re-engineering

By Robert Sherefkin and Jason Stein
Automotive News / February 28, 2005

DETROIT -- General Motors has delayed the launch of the Pontiac G6 hardtop convertible, and engineering problems appear to be the culprit.

"Initially, it was supposed to start in September," says Pat Sweeney, president of UAW Local 5960 at GM's Orion Township, Mich., assembly plant, where the G6 is built. "But that was pushed back a few months until sometime in January."

Sweeney declined to discuss what caused the delay. A supplier familiar with the project says GM is having trouble building a retractable hardtop on a unibody vehicle.

But GM spokesman Stefan Weinmann insisted that GM had always planned to launch the vehicle in January.

"We announced at the L.A. auto show that we would produce the vehicle in early 2006," Weinmann said. "That is still the case. Nothing has changed."

The G6 must be re-engineered because it was not originally designed to be an open-air vehicle, the supplier says. The convertible needs a stiffened underbody, and the interior must be redesigned to store the hardtop.

These engineering problems led GM to delay the vehicle's launch by 14 weeks, the supplier said.

Karmann USA Inc. of Plymouth, Mich., will supply the hardtops.

Pontiac had planned to bring out the G6 in waves. The sedan debuted last year; a coupe is due this summer, followed by the convertible.

Source: Automotive News
 

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That really sucks for all those people hoping for the convertible G6 to be coming out anytime soon.
 

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The Pontiac brochure handed out at the L. A. Auto Show describes the Convertible being produced in January, 2006. :rolleyes:
 

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But GM spokesman Stefan Weinmann insisted that GM had always planned to launch the vehicle in January.


And in April they'll say GM has always planned to launch the vehicle in April. Who launches a convertible in January, anyway.(see 2005 Super Bowl Mustang ad)
 

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But GM spokesman Stefan Weinmann insisted that GM had always planned to launch the vehicle in January.


And in April they'll say GM has always planned to launch the vehicle in April. Who launches a convertible in January, anyway.(see 2005 Super Bowl Mustang ad)
Chevy did, they brought the new C6 Corvette Convertible out in December I believe it was.
 

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I wonder if the writer of the article really knows a lot about the G6 or Epsilon platform to begin with, or why the car is scheduled for a January release.

First, he says the car had to be reengineered because it wasn't designed to be a convertable. That seems to be an odd thing to say for two reasons. First, there have been rumors and later verification of the hardtop convertable long before the LA auto show, going back to when people were anticipating the G6 platform. So GM has been designing/engineering the car right along. Second, the Epsilon platform already has a convertable version, the Saab 9-3. That car is certainly stiff enough for the convertable. Maybe there were some unforseen issues with the G6's hardtop. However, he makes it sound like GM just got to work on a convertable, when they really have already been selling it as a convertable for a couple years at another division.

One thing seems wierd to me. Why release a convertable in January? That seems a little early. I would think April-June is the ideal launch time for a convertable.
 

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^^^^ I agree, it takes longer than a few months to develope a car. It's not like GM marketting decided they were going to a do a convertible in January, and then the engineers went "What? Oh ok that will be ready tomorrow". Obviously this was planned from the start.
 

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They had a working prototype for the intro. It was shown driving on stage and then the roof was retracted while people watched. Hmm, maybe someone was in the trunk working some cables?
 

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They had a working prototype for the intro. It was shown driving on stage and then the roof was retracted while people watched. Hmm, maybe someone was in the trunk working some cables?
:glol:

<whrrr, psffft, whrrrrr, whrrrr, click-click>
"PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT...."
<whrrrrr, click-whrrr.....>
 

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They had a working prototype for the intro. It was shown driving on stage and then the roof was retracted while people watched. Hmm, maybe someone was in the trunk working some cables?
Ah, we have discovered why they have not shown the Solstice with a top! They arestill trying to figure out how to fit someone in the small trunk to work the top! :glol:
 

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Ah, we have discovered why they have not shown the Solstice with a top! They arestill trying to figure out how to fit someone in the small trunk to work the top! :glol:
They've tried small monkies, but it takes the entire trunk to hold enough monkies to move the roof into place and get out and latch the AFBTS at the same time. :D
 
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