• May 23rd 2006 at 2:18PM
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A Pontiac spokesperson admitted Monday that the automaker is considering "slightly boosting" production for the popular roadster. Speaking to Reuters, Jim Hopson said that Solstice demand hiked Pontiac showroom traffic by 20 percent in the first quarter. Perhaps getting a little carried away, Hopson opined that the Solstice "increased the whole 'cool factor' of everything in Pontiac."

Pontiac, tagged by Bob Lutz as one of General Motors' "damaged brands," could certainly use the lift provided by a popular halo car. So far, the Solstice is acting the part, outselling the Mazda MX-5 by 30 percent so far this year. Pontiac could easily sell more than the current 1,800 - 1,900 units a month right now, but the company wants to make sure it doesn't get stuck with inventory when the early rush subsides.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Just remember to change your coolant at the manufacturers recommended intervals
      • 9 Years Ago
      Me thinks P is pissing on my leg and expecting me to think it's rain, give it a break, no need to lie, it's just a car. My money says you're the P-roud Japanese.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gill, you are always wrong.

      Steely Dan is not one person, we get fringe benefits, not French benefits, it’s not the Leaning Tower of Pizza, James Dean was an actor—Jimmy Dean makes sausages, the Saturn Sky is the best looking car in the GM lineup and Saturn has been well fed and is ready for a Cadillac style resurgence
      • 9 Years Ago
      You've been buying Japanese cars all your life, and the styling and specs of the Solstice was that good, that you decided to purchase one... Hummm... If it quacks, it's a duck, if it stinks it's.....
      But I could be wrong and you're telling the truth. ;-)

      At least give GM some credit for recognizing the hike and giving just a "slight boost", instead of flooding the market and having a lot of inventory sitting at the dealerships.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That's good news. I was worried with the impending release of the Sky that Solstice sales would be stagnant. Good to see they're moving units tho.

      If you're interested in the Pontiac Solstice, check out http://www.solsticeforums.com
      • 9 Years Ago
      RE: #7

      Swap out the rear diff for the CTS-V or STS-V Gearing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would just like my Solstice to get out of the shop. This car has more than its fair share of first year kinks especially when you consider that many of the parts that are breaking (I'm looking at you rear differential) are borrowed from other GM vehicles.

      Don't get me wrong I love my car, but I think a lot of us owners, and I include myself in this group, are over looking some major quality issues.

      Coming from Japanese cars all my life, this does not do much to give me confidence in GM's quality.
      • 9 Years Ago
      nice looking car... needs more power ... i wouldn't buy it as is...
      • 9 Years Ago
      What are you guys talking about "impending release of the Sky?". They've been out on the roads for at least a solid month.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I disagree. GM shouldn't consider ramping up production on the Skystice yet. As it stands, stealerships are still marking these cars up $4-$5k. While they don't get too many in, they aren't selling the ones they've got. Our local guys have had the same cars on their showroom floors for months.

      Wait until the Sky and the turbo variants are out, then decide. I bet they'll find that by then, they are producting plenty. Still, it's likely that they'll jump the gun and end up overproducing another badge engineered car, losing any chance to be profitable.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM cannot make enough of this car. 20,000 is not going to cut it. They could easily sell 100,000 of them. The Sky, on the other hand, should never have been made. Saturn is GM's starving little car child. And, like all parents they are required to love it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      RE: #2

      The SKY shouldn't have been made? Are you kidding? The SKY looks better and is better equipped. My bet is that the sky will outsell the solstice in the long run.