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Official GM [LINK].

Looks like we're going to get some more official pics/info of the Solstice soon.
The GTO Concept sounds impressive too. Sounds like what it really needs to stand out.

FOR RELEASE: 2004-08-11

GM Powered Vehicles Descend on 10th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

DETROIT - General Motors will display more than 125 GM Powered classic, production, race and concept vehicles at the 10th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 19-21 in the Detroit area.

GM vehicles and events will be centered at the Birmingham Triangle, where Woodward and Old Woodward meet in Birmingham; Memorial Park, just north of 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak; and Athens Coney Island, south of 14 Mile Road.

"Woodward Avenue has a special spot in the history of General Motors, and our Corvettes, GTOs, Camaros, Firebirds, Cadillacs, among others, have left an indelible mark on the soul of Woodward," said Bill O'Neill, executive director, GM communications. "This is a celebration of the cars, the enthusiasts and the people who helped design, engineer and build these cars and trucks. I can't imagine it taking place in any other city, or without major GM involvement."

This year, vehicles as old as a 1905 Buick Model C and 1941 GMC Stake Truck and as new as the 2005 6.0-liter Chevy SSR and the 2006 Pontiac Solstice will be part of the GM exhibit. In addition, the GM Performance Division will have new concept versions of the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Colorado pickup on display.

On Friday, Aug. 20, at 3:00 p.m., Chevy will unveil the new 2005 6.0-liter, 6-speed manual SSR to the media, to be followed at approximately 3:45 p.m. by a police-escorted SSR parade that will run from the Renaissance Center up Woodward to Athens Coney Island. The parade will feature production, pace car and Signature Series SRR models. A private "VIN Gets You In" party will take place at Athens for SSR owners from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Here's a look at what Cruise attendees will see from GM on Saturday, Aug. 21:

Athens Coney Island (on Woodward south of 14 Mile Road) will serve as a venue for GM's corporate display, highlighting GM performance vehicles. Some of these include the 2006 Pontiac Solstice, the 2004 Chevy Nomad, and Bonneville Salt Flat record vehicles.

Athens also will feature two new GM Performance Division vehicles: a modified Pontiac GTO and Chevy Colorado pickup.

The GTO concept has a 6.3-liter V-8 engine with 500 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 500 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm. It also has a six-speed manual transmission, modified brakes, bigger wheels and tires and new exhaust. The bright orange exterior features a new hood, fender, quarter panel, spoiler, front and rear fascia and rockers.

The Chevy Colorado concept has a 6.2-liter engine that makes 420 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. The wheels and tires, brakes, suspension and exhaust systems have been modified, and the exterior has new front fascias, front and rear wheel flares, hood, modified rockers and custom side mirrors.

The modified GTO and Colorado are "Employee Enthusiasm" vehicles, an internal volunteer program that gives younger GM engineers the opportunity to manage a concept car from start to finish. The first public showing for the vehicles will be at a Woodward Dream Cruise press conference at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Pioneer Park in Royal Oak. They will then be on display at Athens Coney Island throughout the Cruise.

At Memorial Park North (at the corner of 13 Mile and Woodward), GM Powertrain will feature a display marking the 50th anniversary of the small-block engine, an enduring benchmark for performance. In addition, 25 employee vehicles will be showcased as part of GM's fourth annual classic car contest for employees, called "Passion for the Vehicle."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan will have a booth at Memorial Park North and will be selling raffle tickets to raise funds. Prizes include an Aruba get-away and a 1967 classic Corvette convertible. Visitors can learn more about the group's work to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

At Memorial Park South (at the corner of 13 Mile and Woodward), Pontiac, GMC and Buick will feature family entertainment including clowns, balloon animals, face painting, roaming magicians and mimes from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The festivities also include live music, with free concerts from noon until 8:00 p.m. by the Teen Angels and Three Men and a Tenor.

Throughout the GM area, historic, current production and privately owned Pontiac, Buick and GMC vehicles will be on display. Models include key historic Pontiacs, such as several classic GTOs, a rare 1969 Custom S, a 1971 T-37, one of only 223 WS-6-equipped 1998 Formula Firebirds, and a 1962 Catalina, among others. Classic GMC trucks will be represented by a 1941 Stake Truck and a 1956 pickup.

In celebration of Buick's 100-year history, a 1905 Model C will be on display, as well as a 1936 Century convertible, 1953 Skylark, 1955 Century, 1970 GSX, and a 1987 GNX.

As in past years, Chevy will be stationed at The Triangle, located in Birmingham where Old Woodward and New Woodward meet. Chevy's display focuses on heritage, power and performance and integrates the American Revolution ad campaign. It will feature Chevy racing, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar and new and vintage merchandise displays. Chevrolet's 10 new vehicles will be on display, as well as vintage and current race cars and classic cars from Chevrolet club members. The classics include a 1960 Corvette, 1963 Corvette split-window coupe, a 1969 Camaro Copo, a 1967 Nova, a 1959 Impala, a 1970 Chevelle and more. Several classics owned by Chevrolet employees also will be on display, including a 1935 street rod, 1955 Bel Air Pro Street, a 1957 Bel Air and various muscle cars.

WOMC will be broadcasting live from Athens Coney Island on Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and from The Triangle on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company's corporate website at www.gm.com.
 

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That will be great! Probably answer some of the speculation and create more no doubt, but another sneak peak always helps. :smile
 

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Hopefully they won't just roll out the same pre-production car we've been looking at for months! Maybe they will put the top up. Oh please Oh please oh please!
 

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:agree

I really hope it's not the prototype.
Maybe if they're outside, and it rains, they'll have to put the roof up :D
 

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I would almost guarantee it will be the '06 Prototype that they have been throwing around, and I doubt you will see the top up. They are not producing them yet, and I doubt GM would make a second prototype to show around since they already have one that runs. If it rains, I bet the car will be under a tent!

Still it sounds like a really cool event! Not just because of the Solstice but for all the iron that will be there!!
 

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Four days til the cruise sure hope someone will be there and get some more pics.
 

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Especially since this as an open event I believe. Hopefully we can get some shots from angles we haven't seen before.
 

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I wish I was a little closer and I would stop by too. Not just because of the Solstice, but to see all the great iron that will be there! But its a bit of a ride for me. I did make the trip in January to the Detroit Auto Show to see the Solstice, 'Vette, Mustang, Ford GT and all the other cool sports cars they had this year! That was certainly fun too!
 

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Well, it's the 19th so the 10th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise should be starting today. Hurry, someone run down with a camera and get some pictures :D
 

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Dreamcruise

Just got back from the Dreamcrusie and yes she was there.
Next to Athens Coney Island near 13 mile and Woodward at the
GM exhibit. It was parked @ the back. The top was down. They
would not let me sit in it to take a picture. They would not open
the trunk or hood so I couldn't see the top. Car had power window
buttons, radio and cruise controls buttons on the steering wheel.
The small round gauge between the tach and speedometer is the
gas gauge. Got to look underneath the car and was surprised to see
what looked like a transfer case and CV joints @ the back of the car
similar to a front wheel drive vehicle? Did not see a drive shaft and the
rest of the undercarriage was covered with some kind of sheet material.
I did see where the muffler pipe went up to the exhaust manifold @ the
front of the car. I was trying to find a motorhead standing around in the
spectator crowd to explain this to me, but no luck.
They also had the Nomad concept and it is a real nice looking vehicle.
My wife really liked it too. The Solstice concept car was parked at the
other GM exhibit @ 13 mile road. Next to it they were handing out free
large posters of the Solstice on one side and the GTO on the other side.
I took four thankyou.
It was just a great day in the neighborhood !
 

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You were seeing the rear differential and independent rear suspension. The axles are attached to the diff with CV joints Corvette style. Solstice is rear drive so it has driveline components at the back of the car.

Man I wish i was back in MI to see the Cruise, I haven't mised one until this year when i moved to Georgia. :nonod
 

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Pictures????????? :cryin
 

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Pictures

None of the pictures I took are as good as any of the pictures already available in the photo gallery. The pictures I took that are special to me are the one's with me standing next to it and my wife standing next to it.
I can't believe I was able to get this close to the car and take these pictures.
My wife couldn't find any evidence of cupholders and we couldn't see where the rear speakers are, if any.
I spoke to a GM employee standing there and he said the Solstice body was intended to be made of a composite material (fibreglass) but they got beat out in price by the hydro formed sheet metal.
The general reaction of the crowd was real sharp vehicle and they couldn't believe it was only $20,000 and it would kick Miata's butt.
 

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Congrats on seeing the Solstice! It is imperssive! I would imagine they will work cupholders of some sort into the car, and they will have a good audio system. Remember the interior is probably not the finished product, although it probably is a good representation.

The driiveshaft runs through a tunnel in the car that is covered on the bottom to add strength to the structure (as the Corvette is) so you won't be able to see it by looking underneath, but its in there! :lol

You should have hopped behind the wheel while the GM reps were not looking!! :cheers
 

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If ther was a center console maybe cupholders fold inside.
 

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Dreamcruise Solstice

I am sure it was the same vehicle we have been looking at.
A GM guy fired up the SSR truck that was next to the Solstice
and I asked him to start the Solstice too but he begged off saying
he was a Chevrolet guy and teh Solstice wasn't in his jurisdiciton.
There were several GM guys watching me so I would have really had
to jump in and out quick. They especially were watching closely when
I got underneath with my camera to take a picture of the rear differential and drive shafts.
My wife and I also speculated there could be cup holders in the center console or if the compartment in the back folds down with cup holders.
Sure looks like a front licence plate holder is going to be a problem.
The seat material looks of good quality and the side bolsters adequate.
Don't know where the rear speakers will go. I don't know how they could
put a retractable rear window in like my Del Sol but I hope it at least has a
zip out rear window. I don't know if they can do that with glass. The retractable rear window in my Del Sol is the best driving characteristic I like.
Plenty of air movement without a lot of wind noise and wife's hair getting messed up!
 

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GreatWhiteNorth said:
They especially were watching closely when
I got underneath with my camera to take a picture of the rear differential and drive shafts.
Got any pictures we can see? :cheers
 
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