Pontiac Solstice

This is perhaps the sharpest looking car to come from Pontiac in a long time, if not ever. The Pontiac Solstice is a roadster from the Pontiac division of General Motors that was introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. Production of the Solstice began in Wilmington, Delaware in mid-2005 for the 2006 model year. It was given a great introduction to the American audience via the hit show, The Apprentice. It was featured in a challenge on the third season of the show, and also, winner Kendra Todd also won a Solstice as part of her victory. The Pontiac Solstice challenge asked that the contestants produce a sales brochure for the upcoming sports car. Kendra Todd developed the winning brochure for her team by using emotions as descriptors for the car. This was pretty impressive as Pontiac ended up using the emotions to name the colors of the car. Further, the Solstice was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award and Design of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada in 2006. It has been nothing short of a fleeing hit for Pontiac. In fact, there were 7,000 orders in the first 10 days of availability and 6,000 more orders before winter. Now compare that with the fact that first-year production was planned to only be 7,000. Thus, GM apologized to customers for delays and increased production, in which they delivered 10,000 units by March 1. The base price was as a result adjusted upwards to $20,490 in mid-December, but many buyers have said they paid $5,000 or more over the sticker price to get their hands on a Solstice. The exterior styling of the production Solstice is similar to that of the 2002 Solstice concept, which seemed to be a good place to start. The Solstice uses the GM Kappa platform, which also is used on the Saturn Sky and the Opel GT.