Perhaps that redesign is the reason that Franz Von Holzenhausen who designed the Solstice was recruited by Mazda. How close to the looks of the Solstice do you think the next MX-5 will be?ntouched said:Let's face it. The makers of Miata are shaking in there boots right now. The Solstice is going to hit them like an unexpected rock chip hitting your windshield on the freeway. The chip starts out small, but unattended, becomes a long crack throughout the windshield. I guarantee you, they will redesign the Miata again within 18 months. :leaving:
We know Mazda hired away the guy that first penned the Solstice. If they aren't already working on a (incredibly costly) replacement for the Miata, they will come out with a new RX in developmentally short order, I'll wager. The last RX was such a beauty, but I hear too expensive. Mazda needs something that has some type of visual appeal to replace the NB Miata.ntouched said:Let's face it. The makers of Miata are shaking in there boots right now. The Solstice is going to hit them like an unexpected rock chip hitting your windshield on the freeway. The chip starts out small, but unattended, becomes a long crack throughout the windshield. I guarantee you, they will redesign the Miata again within 18 months. :leaving:
In 20 years I hope I don't have grand kids!Ex-Miata Man said:My Miata is fun, and I chose it because it was about the only two seater I could find with a reasonable price tag. I can't wait for my Solstice. I know there will be quirks with the car, it's never been manufactured before. I also know that next year there will be changes that I wish I had in this year's car. It doesn't matter. The Solstice is revolutionary for GM. Not since the early days of Corvette did we see such innovation. The Corvette went from concept to production in very short order. The use of fiberglass for the body was because the dies for metal couldn't be produced in the time frame they wanted. The fiberglas was a hit and is still around. Look at the specs on the first 'vettes, they were dogs with respect to performance, but that all changed. I think we are looking at a very exciting time for GM. A totally new concept in a flooded market, and it already has the competition concerned. In twenty years, we'll look back when we are watching "Cars" on television with our grandkids and say "I owned one of the first Solstices produced," and we'll say it with pride. I just hope GM can keep it's head above water long enough to make it all work.
IMHO,people who think the solstice is just a pretty face are going to be surprised at how well the solstice drives. the Kappa platform was concieved from the ground up as roadster platform. with the hydroformed frame rails and box section center tunnel it actually reminds me of a lotus chassis. the 50/50/weight distribution and the minimal overhangs (wheels pushed to the corners) bodes well for a balanced feel in a solstice.brentil said:What makes you say that?
In spite of the fact that GM is facing some difficulties, they aren't in any danger of folding. If worse came to worse, does anyone honestly think the federal government would allow GM to fold? If they bailed out Chrysler, you can be absolutely certain they would bail out GM. GM's impact on our country's economy is too vast for them to do anything else. They also play a part in defense, so GM's not going anyplace. And you can be sure that GM isn't anywhere close to being in critical trouble. They have billions in cash reserves. The biggest question for the immediate future is whether or not they will maintain their place as the largest auto manufacturer, not whether they can keep their head above water. And I think they are making some moves that will help them maintain their lead.I just hope GM can keep it's head above water long enough to make it all work