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Bob's blog today on Solstice. Some details emerge...

The Promise of Solstice

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General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz drives the Pontiac Solstice Roadster Concept vehicle on stage at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

By Bob Lutz
GM Vice Chairman

Doing a great roadster for $35,000-$45,OOO is a feat mastered by several automobile companies. In fact, it's relatively routine. It's doing that desirable, high-content roadster for under $2O,OOO that challenges an automobile company.

That’s what we promised we would do with the Pontiac Solstice when we announced we would put it into production, and that’s what I’m officially announcing today, here on GM FastLane, for the first time.

When Solstice goes on sale this summer, it will, officially, be priced at $19,995 — and that includes the $575 destination charge. You heard it here first.

That’s not for a stripped down model, either. That sub-$20,000 price gets you 177 horsepower mated to a five-speed manual transmission, 18-inch wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, glass rear window, and a CD-player as standard equipment.

So there you have it. A roadster inspired by the European classics of yesterday, styled very much like the concept car of a few years ago, priced under $20,000 as promised today. Solstice is a true driver’s car, and it will be in Pontiac showrooms this summer. We look forward to your reactions...

Posted by Lutz at February 14, 2005 02:19 PM
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Lutz Blog on Solstice Promise
 

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nice, but he makes no mention of a top, not even that it's a convertible, MAYBE the tops an option :D roadster for $19,995, convertible for $21,9995.
 

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The CD changer base, along with the destination charge as part of the base is really damn nice. Now everyone remember that when you go to buy your Solstice. Print up Bob's own blog entry and bring it with you. If they try to charge you destination fee tell them Bob Lutz himself told you it was part of the base fee, and hand them the print out.
 

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Posted on February 14th. Be my Valentine, Bob!

:lol:
 

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The top is going to cost us 5K extra!
Bob was also heard to mention in a low voice that "early buyers would also receive as part of the base price the "Special" Solstice unbrella for those wet days." :lol:
 

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The top is going to cost us 5K extra!
Bob was also heard to mention in a low voice that "early buyers would also receive as part of the base price the "Special" Solstice unbrella for those wet days." :lol:
Only an umbrella? I was hoping for a full rain coat color keyed to the car! :glol
 

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Funny have you read some of the comments to Bob's Solstice blog. People are pounding him about the potential dealer markups. Interesting to see if he replies to that (hey he wanted a blog to speak to the public, right ;) ). Here's a few snippets...

Just tell me that your not gonna allow dealers to put a $5,000 dealer markup on it when it's actually released.
Don't let the dealers gouge the customers by adding thousands in dealer mark-ups.
Like others have said, make the dealers leave the MSRP alone! We don't need them ruining the car with ADM's!
When the '04 GTO arrived, all the dealers agreed to add "market adjustments" of $5,000-10,000. The prices eventually came down to below MSRP at the end of the year since, suprise surprise, they couldn't sell many $32,000 coupes for $42,000. Now the price gouging is back on the '05s.
Mr. Lutz, I beseech you to get your dealers under control before making such a price promise -- they are the primary reason for underperformance of the GTO and they will do the same to the Solstice if you are not careful.
 

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Wow, tons of concern over dealer gouging, and rightfully so! Unfortunately, there really isn’t much GM can do about it. Not directly anyway.
 

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Wow, tons of concern over dealer gouging, and rightfully so! Unfortunately, there really isn’t much GM can do about it. Not directly anyway.
It is really up to the consumer to stop that from happening, but as long as there are people willing to honor that practice a lot of the dealers use to make extra money, it will not stop.
 

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It is really up to the consumer to stop that from happening, but as long as there are people willing to honor that practice a lot of the dealers use to make extra money, it will not stop.
True - True! Everyone go buy a hold-me-over, that way, we'll drive the Sol supply up, and demand down, gouging will turn into large discounts, and we'll all have good priced solstices and BIGGER smiles on our face!

RODEO
 
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