The Pontiac Solstice is the last of a dying breed

For those who know their American car history, they would know that the name ‘Pontiac’ is synonymous to ‘American original’.

For over 80 years, Pontiac has been responsible for producing some of the most iconic vehicles in the US, responsible for the likes of the Bonneville, the GTO, the Grand-Am, and the Firebird. But while Pontiac has enjoyed a remarkable run, spanning generations of Americans, the road has finally come to an end for Pontiac.

And as soon as the last production Pontiac vehicle - thePontiac Solstice – rolls out of the plant, Pontiac’s doors will now forever be closed.

As some of you may have heard, the Solstice’s run in production ended up being short-lived, mainly because of the economic crisis that has gripped the US auto industry. As a result, the new targa-top Solstice, effectively the last of the Pontiacs, will not only become a collector’s item, but - barring a miraculous comeback by Pontiac – will also go down in the history as the last production Pontiac ever to be built.

Once the beacon of strength among US car makers, Pontiac’s dramatic fall from grace came as a result of the brand’s inability to keep up with the ever-evolving nature of the auto industry. While General Motors – Pontiac’s parent company – exhausted any and all efforts to revitalize the brand, the shifting preferences of American car consumers ultimately spelled doom for the once proud franchise.

But while Pontiac is on its way to the history books, it’s doing so the only way it knows how: in grand style.

The last line of Solstice’s produced by Pontiac, which according to Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson would be around 1,100 when the plant ends production in July, would be given sequential ID numbers so that whoever gets their hands on one would know which of the 1,100 Solstice’s they’d have.

And while the current tag on these cars goes at about $31,000, it’s safe to say that it’s sentimental – and historical – value would be so much more.
After all, when a car brand was around when the Great Depression of 1928 happened, it’s safe to say that it has a mountain of history on its side. And as the final curtain of this history goes down, wouldn’t you want to say that you had the final chapter sitting on your garage?


5 comments:

So what happens to the Saturn Sky? Does Penske get to keep making them?

T o get a good promotion nowadays is the best way to save and to buy more these days would mean good for the economy. There are great offers this summer despite the recession as this is the mandate of the govt to excite the rather lukewarm car market. There is just one thing that you have to consider---choose wisely as there will be plenty of option and to get the right offer is the best way to do and to take advantage of your money’s worth!

I know a forced-induction Solstice is already being developed, and I’m sure Mazda has already started developing a Mazdaspeed version as well. Hopefully, the Solstice will push Mazda to release it sooner. It’ll be interesting to see the two compete, and we, the consumers, will benefit from it. The Solstice’s low price has already forced Mazda to lower the new MX-5’s price, and perhaps the MX-5’s standard equipment (AC, power windows/mirrors, side airbags, ABS with EBD; all of which are optional on Solstice) will force Pontiac to offer more standard equipment for the price. And if we are all lucky, perhaps Pontiac will find a way to increase the 1.4 cubic feet of cargo space when the top is down (MX-5 has 5.3 cubic feet, top up or down). I guess the only question here is will you want yourself to become one of the 1100 possible owners of the Solstice or remain loyal to Miata?

I have absolutely no idea how anyone can call producing the Solstice a bad idea.

It’s a great little car and will sell enough to be profitable.

People bash GM for thinking like they own 35% of the market but when they produce a "limited" production car they get bashed because it is for a niche market? What exactly are they supposed to do?

The sky which is commonly known as the Solstice became the last production car of Pontiac after GM management faced bankruptcy this year, and teh final curtian means-an instant classic despite the demise of the line up. Of course Pontiac left a great deal on American car history and so the remaining 1100 cars will signify the end in the production line and the beginning of seing this car in the Smithsonian.

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