In Demand - Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky Sold Out Into Next Year

Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by TriShield, May 17, 2006.

  1. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,754
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    GM considers adding production capacity for Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice

    [​IMG]

    By JAMIE LAREAU | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS
    Published 05/16/06, 2:33 pm et

    DETROIT -- With orders backed up for several months, General Motors may build more Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters.

    "It's become clear that we need considerably more capacity," says Robert Lutz, GM vice chairman and global vice president of product development. "We are certainly studying a capacity increase."

    Lutz would not commit on when GM would make a decision but said he wants the capacity boost "as soon as possible."

    Adding labor and tooling and making other assembly upgrades to the Wilmington, Del., plant could cost tens of millions of dollars. GM builds the Solstice, Sky and Opel GT at the Wilmington plant. Opel has not yet launched the GT.

    Demand for the Pontiac Solstice is at 35,000 units a year, Lutz said in an interview with Automotive News. The Sky roadster is sold out through the end of the year and in some regions well into next year, Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's general manager, said at a recent press event in San Francisco.

    The plant is tooled to build 20,000 to 40,000 vehicles a year. Pontiac plans to build 20,000 Solstices. Saturn will likely get 10,000 Skys annually.

    "With two-seat cars, you have to be very careful how you plan capacity," Lutz says. "Once everybody on the block has one, demand sort of tapers off.

    "It continues, but it continues at a lower level, so you don't want to have the added capacity come on just when you're over that first peak."

    Lutz says the Wilmington plant can handle "way more" than 40,000 units a year.

    GM is going through the complex process of determining the cost of the additional labor, supplier capability, tooling and plant adjustments needed to increase production.

    Wilmington is a three-shift plant, so it could not offer overtime other than on weekends, says a GM source who asked to not be identified.

    The plant currently builds 6.5 vehicles an hour or about 155 a day.

    "To increase production, we'd have to increase line speed, and that typically requires more manpower," the source says. "There could be bottlenecks in the system -- let's say the paint shop, for example, can only paint seven vehicles per hour -- so it would require tweaking the whole system.

    "Is it possible? Yes, but it would likely cost something."

    The cost to increase line speed by two to three vehicles per hour can be nominal, but a source says more extensive plant upgrade could cost "tens of millions of dollars."

    [​IMG]
     
  2. herpes

    herpes OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2005
    Messages:
    135,075
    Likes Received:
    186
    Location:
    dfw
    werd.. i want one..
     
  3. kamikaze

    kamikaze Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2005
    Messages:
    33,629
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Barrie Ontario
    i want a Solstice GXP :drool:
     
  4. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,754
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    Get in line guys. :o
     
  5. 8BaLL

    8BaLL New Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    23,033
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    727 FL
    damn :hs:
     
  6. Mystery Guest

    Mystery Guest New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Messages:
    11,332
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Antonio TX & South Fla
    I have seen a total of one Solstice on the road, how in the hell is it sold out?
     
  7. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2002
    Messages:
    71,429
    Likes Received:
    109
    Location:
    Houston
    they know what they're doing. This BS about "ooooh, we didn't know it was going to sell so well" is all marketing strategy... and its working. :)

    Only if they can do that w/ the Camaro and make that successful also, they'll be back in the black in a few hundred years.
     
  8. Tk

    Tk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2001
    Messages:
    23,086
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    nw iowa
    i just saw a black solstice while i was out running around....


    :greddy:
     
  9. aznboi320

    aznboi320 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2002
    Messages:
    31,183
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    On a kayak
    dealer mark ups ftl
     
  10. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2003
    Messages:
    19,991
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I have a seen a couple now and they look good in person.
     
  11. zatar

    zatar New Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2002
    Messages:
    17,129
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South of Graceland
    I saw a sky last night. I see a solstice almost daily now.
     
  12. 2DR Vette

    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2001
    Messages:
    64,635
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Eastern Seaboard Fission Authority
    Supposedly the C6 Z06s are sold out well into 2007 as well. :cool:
     
  13. xrocket21

    xrocket21 STi Crew

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,642
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New England
    It would make me happy to see US auto manufacturing come back to power. Really output some good stuff people want to buy. The solstice is a good start!
     
  14. tqpolo

    tqpolo ***** Platinum Member OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2003
    Messages:
    4,678
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ATL
    I can't believe mediocre 2-seater can actually be in-demand.
     
  15. orie

    orie social assassin

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2001
    Messages:
    90,733
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Prestigious Loudoun County
    I bet Inferior_Light snatched them all up :mamoru:
     
  16. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,754
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    They will be the next huge GM hit and they will get that car right. Everything is falling into place for it.
     
  17. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,754
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    The global allotments of Corvettes are sold out as well, even the Japanese snapped up all 400 they get in record time. The new ZO6 is especially exotic outside of North America. :eek3:
     
  18. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,754
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    The Saturn Sky is going to be exported to Asia, Australia, and Europe next. GM is going to be working overtime to produce enough of them. :cool:
     
  19. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,754
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    The GM hit parade continues.
     
  20. CJPA

    CJPA New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    114,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    AZ, USA
    Why spend 10 Million on plant upgrades?

    Let the current production capacity stay as it is, keep demand high...
     
  21. 97venge

    97venge New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Messages:
    10,995
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    home:atlanta, school:kentucky
    they should be making 15k skys and 15k solstices instead of 10k and 20k
     
  22. cASe SenSiTive

    cASe SenSiTive Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2001
    Messages:
    66,335
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Dangerously close to Detroit
    :werd: :coold:
     
  23. 396Hawk

    396Hawk Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,284
    Likes Received:
    0
    I guess it depends on your definition of mediocre.
     
  24. cASe SenSiTive

    cASe SenSiTive Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2001
    Messages:
    66,335
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Dangerously close to Detroit

    :hsugh:
     

Share This Page