• May 11, 2009
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General Motors' acting CEO Fritz Henderson has said the Wilmington, DE plant that currently produces the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky could be sold if a buyer was interested in producing the two roadsters. "If someone were to approach [us] with a proposal that made good sense for our people, we'd be open to it," Henderson told Autoweek. The move would ape Chrysler's plan for the Dodge Viper's production facilities, allowing another automaker to take control and continue building the niche model.

The Delaware plant also produces the Opel GT, a rebadged variant of the U.S. market Solstice and Sky, for GM's German arm, and it's obvious that as the General rushes to restructure before its June 1 deadline the automaker is looking to cut loose any and all extraneous operations. With Pontiac's future sealed, Saturn's all but assured and all three models returning little (if any) profits, the decision to nix the roadsters was obvious. Now it's time to see if someone is willing to take the reigns.



[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Now what's the chance of the same thing happening to the G8? PRETTY PLEASE?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not simply move the SkySolstice over to Chevy and continue selling them in small numbers as a niche vehicles?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? How about because when you sell cars you should try to make a profit on each one?

        The Kappas have to be build on an independent production line because of their design, which means the Del plant could never make a dime of profit at the Solstice/Sky price points.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? How about because when you sell cars you should try to make a profit on each one?

        The Kappas have to be build on an independent production line because of their design, which means the Del plant could never make a dime of profit at the Solstice/Sky price points.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The sky is one of the best looking roadsters out there, to bad its dying off. I hope someone buys it and makes it a niche brand with turbo 4 and v8 engines. they could really make a killing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would make a great Chevrolet Monza.
      • 5 Years Ago
      you don't need to get out of the car to put the top down. only up, and it's only because you have to shut the trunk when putting it up. Frankly, someone should just make a power conversion kit instead of board fan boy re-engineering the car.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      If bugs were cars......
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I detest GM in general, these cars dying does make me a little sad. They are honestly pretty capable cars, and as others have already said, give them a decent trunk and a non-Rube-Goldberg soft-top and it'd be every bit as good as a Miata/MX-5...assuming they are built as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe who ever buys the right to build it can put a v8 and a decent trunk in it, and make it a car worth buying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow I never knew.
      What a nice Daewoo!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another fantasy in the ongoing saga of the ailing Detroit giants.

      Kinda like the Pontiac dealer who offered to buy the brand and resurrect it.

      Or when the Vipor brand/plant/stampings were for sale. Whatever came of that?

      These GM drop tops might be good cars, but are sold at such small volumes that no one could make any money at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who owns the MG marque? Instant MGB and MGB GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow,
      GM catch a clue, use the SKY as a starting point ( i think it is the better looking model). Then make it the Chevy Something or baby Vette. Oh unless you can come up with something as inventive as the SSR Veritcal folding top, leave the roadster a Soft top.
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