Iconic company is reportedly keen to produce the Pontiac Solstice
8 October 2009

The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) is reportedly considering taking over production of the Pontiac Solstice.

The Pontiac brand has been ditched by General Motors as part of its restructuring process. DMC has released renderings showing its interpretation of how its production version of the Solstice would look.

DMC's vice president, James Espey, said: “JZD [John Zachary DeLorean] always said that the best memories of his automotive career were at Pontiac, and that connection between JZD and Pontiac is probably one of the better known associations among car enthusiasts.

Espey also said the firm was excited at the prospect of “putting several hundred people back to work” at the Wilmington, Delaware factory where the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky was built.

DMC was most famous for producing the gullwinged DeLorean DMC-12, which appeared in the Back to the Future trilogy of films.

DMC is still operational and repairs DMC-12s, as well as producing a limited number of second-generation models.

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8 October 2009

Great Scott Marty! (Insert obligatory Back to the Future gag below)

8 October 2009

This is excellent news. Let's have some more over-hyped but under-engineered cars in the world...briefly...and then revered forever once the company goes bust through controversial management! Hurrah!

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8 October 2009

It really ought to have a little slide out tray for your Columbian nose powder in memoriam.

8 October 2009

The Pontiac Solstice (and sister car the Saturn Sky) are actually decent little coupes/convertibles. Much in the same vain as the vx220. They drive well, they look ok (nose needs some work though), but the interior desperately needs work. No reason why a motor company couldn't buy the rights and equipment... but DMC? They're only still around because the originals need so many repair parts.

Perhaps they should request money from the UK government for a factory in N.Ireland to make their new car? Sounds awesome...

8 October 2009

[quote theonlydt]Much in the same vain as the vx220[/quote]

Are u mad?

8 October 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]Are u mad?[/quote]

No. Surprisingly.

Are they as good as the vx220 was? Of course not - it was based on a lotus chassis with a couple of lovely powerplants. But don't write off the Sky/Solstice because they are North American - they're actually really decent cars. Shame about the interior though...

How you driven one?

8 October 2009

Sorry, typing error above should read "Have you driven one?"

8 October 2009

[quote theonlydt]

But don't write off the Sky/Solstice because they are North American - they're actually really decent cars. Shame about the interior though...

How you driven one?

[/quote]

I test drove the ragtop Solstice GXP, the direct injected turbo Ecotec 4 had plenty of power, the car handled well enough(had fully independent suspension with Bilstein coil-overs standard), but it was very cramped for anyone over 6 feet (same as the MX5). The car could have done well if they refined it, but I guess we will never know, I doubt DMC has the capital for this venture.

Your right about the interior theonlydt, it was pretty horrific. It was a decent car for the money but as usual GM took shortcuts on the cabin.

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8 October 2009

[quote jackjflash]but it was very cramped for anyone over 6 feet (same as the MX5). The car could have done well if they refined it,[/quote]

You've hit two of the three nails on the head there. The interior was cramped, I got neck pain after 10 minutes (I'm 6' 1"), I have no doubt just a bit of intelligence with the chair runners or platform - a minor change - could have sorted that out.

"Refined" - the car was 90% there. It had all the makings of a great car - a lovely engine, fully independent suspension, weight wasn't too bad. Yet they could have done with some Lotus input on refining the suspension as well, the back would break away far more quickly and with less warning than even an early S2000! It was under-damped and something else made it quite skittish.

[quote jackjflash]Your right about the interior theonlydt, it was pretty horrific[/quote]

The third nail... It had no class, no design, nothing. Appalling.

Apparently reliability wasn't great, but I have no doubt that any company other than DMC taking this over could make a reasonable go at improving the weak areas (cooling seems to be a sticky thermostat issue, the differential was unreliable as well) and re-release this as a decent car. Then again - some of us thought it would happen with the Smart Roadster! (I still maintain it was a shame it didn't)

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