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GM Extends Idling Of Wilmington Assembly

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AP

GM extends shutdown of Delaware assembly plant

Friday October 24, 4:38 pm ET

By Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

GM extends shutdown of Delaware assembly plant due to sagging demand for 2-seat roadsters

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/081024/gm_factory.html?.v=2

I guess the niche is full for now in Europe and the Pan-Asian Pac-Rim sites that Daewoo serves.

Good grief.

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Yep..they are going to be lucky if they make it to the end of their cycle.....

I'm thinking not...and that sucks.....

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Isn't the Solstice one of the "real" Pontiacs that is supposed to keep enthusiasts coming in? Hey, look, there is something on that wall over there, appears to be some sort of writing, I think I'm going to go check it out.....

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Sadly, there are not much enthusiasm nor many enthusiasts left in Pontiac. It's sad for whoever likes American cars, but life goes on.

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I fear for the Wilmington plant, they are only making 50 cars a day there now. The only thing that will save them is the Federal loan money that is supposed to be used to retool older plants.

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Isn't the Solstice one of the "real" Pontiacs that is supposed to keep enthusiasts coming in? Hey, look, there is something on that wall over there, appears to be some sort of writing, I think I'm going to go check it out.....

It is...

And it did...

But the key to reviving Pontiac is a full line up of cars like the Solstice. Not everyone (The majority) needs a 2 seat roadster.

I'd buy a Solstice in a heartbeat if only I could fit in one.

Anyone who thought the Solstice alone would save Pontiac is delusional. So delusional in fact that they should be a part of the GM board... Great minds think alike, after all.

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But the key to reviving Pontiac is a full line up of cars like the Solstice.

Aren't you the one who said that Pontiac didn't need a full line up, that they could survive as a niche producer of RWD cars? :smilewide:

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I fear for the Wilmington plant, they are only making 50 cars a day there now. The only thing that will save them is the Federal loan money that is supposed to be used to retool older plants.

:yes:

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Yep..they are going to be lucky if they make it to the end of their cycle.....

I'm thinking not...and that sucks.....

The speculation on-the-job amounts to just running it through the end of the model year and then merely 'quitting-it'. No Bowling Green.

I think that Wilmington's going to be closing before next August. Just my opinion.

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The speculation on-the-job amounts to just running it through the end of the model year and then merely 'quitting-it'. No Bowling Green.

I think that Wilmington's going to be closing before next August. Just my opinion.

That just depends on how bad things get...

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That just depends on how bad things get...

Things have already surpassed any circumstance I've lived through. Coming out of the recession of '80-'82 which was sparked by the 2nd Oil-Shock of 1979 was fairly close to what we're seeing now, but the scope of this dwarfs the involvement of the rest of the globe circa 1980. I simply don't know what to expect and I've been trying to prepare myself for various scenarios short of Earth being invaded by flesh-eating robots. :mind-blowing:/ :scratchchin:

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Shows that 'halo cars', 'enthusiast cars', and RWD alone cannot save GM. Solstice was another trendy car that the gearheads think is only thing that can save sales. But forget that 70-90% of buyers do not care about 'enthusiasm', they just want a good daily driver!

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If people dont have jobs they cant afford to have play cars. They have to make sure that they have a good daily driver. Solstice doesnt really fit that bill.

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Maybe they'll put the Daewoo/GME-developed Gamma platform DTS and Caprice production at Wilmington.
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All the $$ spent on Solst. could have been spent to bring out better G6, a full line up of G5 or an Epsilon II Grand Prix.

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Isn't the Solstice one of the "real" Pontiacs that is supposed to keep enthusiasts coming in? Hey, look, there is something on that wall over there, appears to be some sort of writing, I think I'm going to go check it out.....

So now you too subscribe to PCS's theory of Pontiac being useless?

Great.

I left Reg's "time to bash Chrysler" thread where

you were enthusiastically ripping the LX cars

apart, despite them being one of the greatest

affordable products for enthusiasts available in

the past few decades!

Last time I checked the all-mighty Toyopet is

giving out rebates and (UNHEARD OF!) 0%

financing.

All the newspapers are proclaiming headlines of a

world depression the likes of which crippled the

economies of the mightiest nations & became the

catalyst for WWII.

But somehow this turns into the "Solstice Sux"

and "Pontiac is irrelevant"

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All the $$ spent on Solst. could have been spent to bring out better G6, a full line up of G5 or an Epsilon II Grand Prix.

You may get to see something like this. I think Wilmington assembly, and thus Solstice and it's siblings, is very near the end of the line.

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Maybe they'll put the Daewoo/GME-developed Gamma platform DTS and Caprice production at Wilmington.

O.B. Stop being stupid... we all know the Cadillac variant will be

called "Seville Utilizing Korean Structure" or SUKS for short.

The Caprice you speak of has been renamed by GM-E, it will now

be called Malibu-Barbie. Along with the exciting 1.2 liter four

cylinder motor there will be a 1.5 liter SS variant. This will include

a quick-shifting 6-speed AUTOMATIC for extra "sporty factor"

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Numbers dont lie. I'd rather see an all FWD boring GM that will still be around in 20 years than a bunch of "enthusiast" stuff that hasn't helped Pontiac (Solstice, GTO, G8) or Chrysler. Know what I see out of Toyota that I dont see out of the allmighty GM? Profits.

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I'd rather see GM die than sell a bunch of pathetic garbage and tarnish

great names like Pontiac, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick.

Your love of the Prius betrays you as an "armchair" enthusiast at best.

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Numbers dont lie. I'd rather see an all FWD boring GM that will still be around in 20 years than a bunch of "enthusiast" stuff that hasn't helped Pontiac (Solstice, GTO, G8) or Chrysler. Know what I see out of Toyota that I dont see out of the allmighty GM? Profits.

Well, GM has been doing 90% FWD mediocrity for the last 25 years and where has it gotten them? Nowhere...

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They've been doing a piss poor job of it. The only thing GM has done well over the last 20 years is trucks, and those sales cannot carry them anymore.

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I'd rather see GM die than sell a bunch of pathetic garbage and tarnish

great names like Pontiac, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick.

Its 2008, people dont buy new cars in 2008 because of a car they had in 1973, they buy a new car in 2008 because they need a new car in 2008 and will compare it against other new vehicles available in 2008. GM hasn't learned that consumers have adopted a "what have you done for me lately?" mentality.

Your love of the Prius betrays you as an "armchair" enthusiast at best.

And your lack of new car purchases (both historically and in the future) makes you inconsequential to GM and all other automakers. So I'd say we're even.

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The Kappas easily outsell their primary competition. There is no good reason why they should be killed. The Solstice Targa is coming... one of the MOST beautiful cars EVER out of GM. They need to give it a chance, for crying out loud, this is getting STUPID!
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Your love of the Prius betrays you as an "armchair" enthusiast at best.

This statement brings up an interesting question; what makes one an automotive enthusiast? Is it the person with the most powerful car or is the person it who most appreciates the most modest of cars?

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