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Pontiac Solstice is behind schedule, but GM isn't panicking
Dealers have been told to expect delivery in September
By LULADEY B. TADESSE / The News Journal
07/30/2005The summer solstice has come and gone, but there's still no sign of the Pontiac Solstice in dealers' showrooms.

General Motors Corp.'s much-hyped roadster, assembled near Newport, splashed across headlines and TV screens this spring and created a buzz for what GM said would be its summer debut.

Pontiac dealers expected to be selling the car by now.

"What they are telling us now is to look for it in September and October," said Frank Ursomarso Sr., president of Union Park Automotive Group in Wilmington. "This causes problems because everybody is waiting for their car."

The Boxwood Road GM plant is expected to finally start shipping the first 1,000 Solstices next week. Those cars were ordered in 41 minutes following the cars' appearance on the TV show "The Apprentice" in mid-April.

But most dealers will miss the peak convertible-selling season in summer.

Quality control issues related to the roof of the Solstice have delayed release of the vehicle, industry experts said. Company officials would not elaborate, except to say it is not unusual to have such issues with a new product. They said the problems have been resolved.

"There are always quality issues when you launch a new product," Jim Hopson, spokesman for Pontiac, said.

Hopson insisted GM has not missed its target release date for the Solstice. "We have said the vehicle would be available in the summer of 2005. We are starting to ship to dealers in the summer of 2005," he said.

Some analysts said sales may be slower than predicted because GM will not have the Solstice in showrooms for months.

"I don't see the Solstice taking off till April or May of next year," said Guido Vildozo, automotive market analyst at Global Insight in Lexington, Mass.

Vildozo is forecasting GM will sell about 4,000 Solstices this year. So far the company has received nearly 10,000 orders. Projected production for the two-seater next year is about 20,000.

Vildozo and other analysts are optimistic about the Solstice beyond this summer. Its sharp looks, affordability and quality are expected to drive sales and traffic into Pontiac showrooms.

"It's going to be a fairly niche vehicle, not everybody is going to be in the market for that, but they will want to get a look at it in the dealership," said Mike Wall, analyst at CSM Worldwide, an automotive forecast firm in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Solstice is being built exclusively in Delaware. It is built on the new Kappa platform for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. GM plans to use the platform for niche, low-volume vehicles including the Saturn Sky, a sports car due next spring, and an Opel roadster for export to Europe, slotted for the 2007 model year.

The backlog in orders is expected to keep the Newport plant busy. The plant is currently operating two shifts.

"We have a tremendous interest in this product and will continue to ramp up our operations to try to meet this demand," said Dennis Dougherty, plant manager at GM's Boxwood Road site.

Dealers are hoping car enthusiasts excited about owning the new Solstice won't be deterred by cooler temperatures this fall. Some of them already have caught a glimpse of the Solstice on test drives by factory employees and dealers.

"Almost everybody that has placed deposits is very understanding," said Steven Chizik, sales manager at Nucar Motors in Newark, which began accepting $500 deposits for the Solstice nearly nine months ago and has a dozen customers waiting. "They realize there is no timetable as to when they are going to get a vehicle, but they are going to get the vehicle."

Contact Luladey B. Tadesse at 324-2789 or [email protected].
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My car will probably be built in October, but I doubt I'll see it until November.
 

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#9 of 12 - I have assumed that would put me in a November build with delivery in December :yawn:

Sure wouldn't mind if it came sooner :thumbs:
 

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I'm in the Zero Zipper make-up group, which should be produced immediately following the First 1000. I voted October, mostly because of the transportation times, but I sure wouldn't complain if it came in September instead. :thumbs:
 

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The dealership that I ordered from had a first allocation of 4 of which I thought I was 3 or 4 based on what the salesman told me. Reading all of the posts in this forum made me leary about all of the things that are going on out there with some of the dealerships, so I called the dealership that I am going through yesterday and talked to the person that is in charge of the Solstice. I have had bad experiences with the last 2 cars that I bought (VW and Nissan), so I didn't want to talk to the salesman. What I found out is that I am #1 in the first allocation, they will not sell above MSRP and my order was pulled in sometime in June. I think I should get it in either Oct or Nov.
 

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Hoping for Oct, but wouldn't be surprised if it's November. I was #1 in the first allocation at my dealership. Because of the "leather" problem (which apparently isn't a problem...still uncertain about the reality of that...anyway), I was put at #2 in the first allocation at my dealership.

Anyone hear anything recently from gmlinedog? Someone mentioned they are literally making the Solstices by hand at this point...not a good sign...maybe the dog can tell us something.
 

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One thing that I am not happy about is that when they had the press thing in Oregon we head things like the first 1000 will be getting theirs real soon, and the next few weeks and then start on the others in Sept. All these things to give us hope but what I am seeing is that my car is still far off. At the rate they are building them I am not looking to get mine until Oct. and that is very disappointing.

Now before everyone starts pileing on let me say I already know that they said Oct. but I have said this before that they wanted us to believe that we would get the 1K cars in Summer. This may happen for some but not all. And the point is that they have tried to lead us to believe that they are coming sooner than they are. At the rate of production there is no way they can be coming real soon and that things were said in Oregon that should not have been said because I don't call Oct. very soon. I believe they even made some comment that the 1k cars would practley be finished in a few weeks. They have barley made a dent in them.

Now what can be done about it? nothing. Do I want them to just throw them together to get them out? No. But I don't want to be told things like they are just around the corner when it could take ten weeks! Does anyoune else get the same feeling that I got that they once again tried to pretend that they are coming faster that they are?

NOW WHY POST THIS? BECAUSE IT IS GETTING HARDER TO WAIT AS TIME MOVES ON AND I JUST HAD TO BLOW OFF SOME STEAM!!
 
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