Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Pontiac Solstice Sighting

I'd been meaning to blog this for a while. Back on July 6, I got off the Merrit Parkway in Westport, CT and saw something I was completely unprepared for: a 2006 Pontiac Solstice.
It was a gorgeous, bright, arrest-me red. I had seen both the Solstice concept and, later, the production Solstice at the last couple of New York International Auto Shows. It's not the same as seeing one on the road. Cars on elevated rotating platforms never give you a real sense of what they look like on ground level.

The Solstice will not be available to the public until this fall, so the car I saw was a completely finished preproduction model. The Michigan manufacturer tags confirmed that. I had read about the preproduction Solstices being driven by GM engineers in this post on the GM Fastlane Blog back on May 24. I never thought I'd actually see one of them, though.

The Solstice is going to be a huge success, giving GM (and especially the Pontiac division) a much-needed aspirational car to go along with the Corvette. The nice thing about Solstice is that with its $20,000 base price, it's going to be in reach for a lot of people. It is a worthy adversary to the all-new 3rd-Gen Mazda MX-5 (a.k.a. Miata).