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Pontiac Solstice

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A sports car produced by Pontiac from 2006-2010.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Pontiac Solstice page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Pontiac Solstice is a sports car that was produced by Pontiac. Introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the Solstice roadster began production in Wilmington, Delaware,[1] starting in mid-2005 for the 2006 model year. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4 L I4 engine, producing 177 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque[2]. The exterior styling of the production Solstice is similar to that of the 2002 Solstice concept[3] that preceded it. Production of the Solstice was to be running before summer 2005, but delays at the Wilmington plant pushed volume production to the fourth quarter.[4] The new hardtop targa top 2009 model was announced in mid-2008.[5] The Solstice uses the GM Kappa platform, which also underpins the Saturn Sky, Opel GT, and Daewoo G2X. It was the brand's first two-seater since the Pontiac Fiero was discontinued in 1988.

The Solstice was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award and Design of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) for 2006. It was a runaway hit for Pontiac, with 7,000 orders in the first 10 days of availability and 6,000 more orders before winter. Although first-year production was planned at 7,000, General Motors apologized to customers for delays and increased production, delivering 10,000 by March 1.

Following the 2008 economic recession, GM discontinued the Pontiac Division. Production ended with the closure of the Wilmington Assembly plant in July 2009.


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2012 Mecum Fall Premier Auction: 2006 Pontiac Solstice
October 26, 2012
Duration: 1:50
Video ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($14,500 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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Download 2012 Mecum Fall Premier Auction: 2006 Pontiac Solstice at The Internet Archive


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2002 Pontiac Solstice Concept 2002 Concept
Photo ©2002 Heidi Walczak
2002 Chicago Auto Show
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2004 Chicago Auto Show
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2004 Chicago Auto Show
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2004 Chicago Auto Show
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
5 July 20062006 Pontiac Solstice Cruises Down The RoadShane Morgay
24 August 2007Solstice, Sky: Different But SimilarAnthony Fontanelle


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
17 October 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2007 Pontiac Solstice 2-Door Convertible
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast 2 Pack - kidconnection 15080-1601Pontiac Firebird/2006 Pontiac SolsticeSmall scale, red Firebird & dark blue Solstice


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