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Saturn Sky

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
General Motors is busy developing new vehicles from its Kappa architecture -- and the first two convertibles from the new platform, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, are due out in the next two years. But GM is anxious to develop more vehicles from the same components, insiders say, and a third convertible and coupe spun from the same pieces could end up in Saab dealers. The Solstice/Sky roadsters, priced from about $20,000, would be joined by a two-door successor to the old Saab Sonett coupes of the 1970s, but with the addition of a roadster model. The Pontiac Solstice version, however, will be the first to emerge, entering production this year with an on-sale date of late fall expected.
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  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    I have somewhat conflicting emotions on the Solstice/Sky pairing.

     

    My original hope had been that the Saturn Kappa car would be a coupe. More a cousin than a sibling to the Solstice, if you will.

     

    I really like the Sky styling however. Having Saturn carry a model may force the Pontiac dealers to keep markups fair. My real concern is that a lot of Solstices will not move off the lots this Summer unless the buyers are willing to pay over MSRP.

     

    Saturn cannot do that with the Sky, owing to their no dicker sticker policy.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    At NAIAS 2004, though, the Saturn coupe concept didn't get nearly as much attention as the Chevy Nomad shooting brake and the Pontiac Solistice next to it.

     

    Here's my pic from this year's show:

     

    http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2132269877&amp- ;idx=10

     

    The Solistice is a little cleaner, simpler. The Sky gets a lot of Opel cues, and matches the Aura nicely, though.

     

    -juice
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I'm looking forward to the new Sky and Aura.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I heard $25k, actually. And Saturn sells at list price.

     

    -juice
  • nhsjrnhsjr Posts: 15
    Read some articles abt SKY in some of the car mags. The SKY looks cool, better than the Pontiac. Sort of like a mini Corvette Conv. Will be interesting to see how much of it survives all the way to production, including its catchy name.
  • This car would DOMINATE!

    MUCH sexier than Solstice.

    What mag has a preview? Here in Florida the mags come 2 weeks later.

    DrFill
  • nhsjrnhsjr Posts: 15
    On the cover Feb.7 Autoweek. Blurbs etc in March issues of Road&Track, Automobile, and Motor Trend.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check out the new euro Zafira, it would look good next to the Sky in showrooms.

    -juice
  • What kind of top will it have? Removeable hard?..
    I love the Sky/Solstice by the way... I would own one in a second.

    Thanks.
  • outsane1outsane1 Posts: 1
    Well I went to the auto show to day and took a good look at the Sky and it looks even better in person than in the pictures. I also went and put my money down to get one of the first ones out. To my the best of my understanding I am the 5th person in MN to reserve one. So now I just need to sit and wait to see what the options will be. I cant wait.
  • duguiderduguider Posts: 1
    If you put your money down on the car, maybe they gave you some ballpark pricing information?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Pontiac already has 1000 deposits for Solstices? I wonder how many Skys (Skies?) have already been ordered.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    People love them. I love them. I want a Sky, and from what I gather it will be an '07, just a year before it's time for me to get a new toy! I mean, car.... :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Solistice is delayed, they say October now instead of summer. Production glitches with the fit of the top.

    -juice
  • BTW, this is another good reason to get the Sky later on, as the Solstice will DEFINITELY demo the ltest in GM product glitches.

    The Sky will benefit from the Solstice test run, with stronger, more polished style as a bonus!

    Early next year birthday present:

    Tacoma V6 6-spd
    Cooper S
    Or Saturn Sky?

    Decisions. Decisions.

    DrFill
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    I'd say Sky. I dunno why, but it has a lot more appeal to me than a Mini, and I think that the Cooper is one of the cutest little boxes to hit pavement in years.

    Anyway, is there a chance that GM will make a high performance version of the Sky and Solstice? Because that 2.4L is the same one in the Cobalt LT and there's a 200+ hp 2.4 in the SS Cobalt. I think that a supercharged Sky would make a great gift. I think I like the Saturn more than the Solstice, just because the Solstice looks too swoopy I just love two seat roadsters, and I'm glad they're coming back at less-than-Z4 pricing.
  • averagemanaverageman Posts: 1
    I hope for General Motors that the Solstice does not have too many glitches. The Solstice and Saturn Sky are not designed to be moneymakers for their respective companies. They're designed to be a "wow factor" vehicle that will get people talking about and into the showrooms of Pontiac and Saturn. If either one of these vehicles has a significant number of glitches and/or "fit and finish issues", that will be more bad news for General Motors. With the significant amount of financial losses and market share losses that this company is suffering, this company should be desperate to improve their reputation and product quality. I'm sure hoping that they succeed.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You can bet there will be hotter models a bit after launch.

    -juice
  • jhend924jhend924 Posts: 1
    unfortunately there is no supercharged 2.4 in the cobalt or ion...its a 2.0 liter supercharged engine built by a foreign company in germany...however a sporty version would be awesome
  • timotheestimothees Posts: 1
    NEXT YEAR'S ION IS GOING TO HAVE THE 2.4 LITER ENGINE IN IT.
  • callmedrfillcallmedrfill Posts: 729
    If they put a HEMI in it! It's still a sled :P !

    DrFill
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's just all wrong, they need a clean sheet. Cobalt is a lot nicer...
  • pipefitterpipefitter Posts: 27
    Black Onyx, Polor White, Silver Graphite, Silver Pearl, Bluestone, Midnight Blue,
    Forest Green, Sunburst Yellow, and Chili Pepper Red.
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    I'll take my in Midnight blue then :)
  • lady300zlady300z Posts: 1
    Ok, I have been a Nissan 300ZX owner since 1991, but if the Sky drives and performs as good as it looks, I'm sold. I drove the 350Z, not the same as the 300Z. In love with the looks of the Sky. :P
  • pipefitterpipefitter Posts: 27
    The Sky/Solstice does NOT have a spare tire or run flat tires. Only a tire sealant and inflator kit, how dum is that! :confuse:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Nowadays. The 2006 MX-5 won't have a spare either.

    These are not the type of car you drive across the country.

    Sunburst Yellow? You sure? That's *exactly* what Mazda calls their yellow. Wild.

    First MX-5 rolled off the production line, let's see when GM gets their act together.

    -juice
  • pipefitterpipefitter Posts: 27
    The names of the Sky exterior colors were e-mailed to me from Saturn.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ok, that's just odd, though. :confuse:

    On one side you might say they are copying Mazda a little too much.

    On the other, they might be aiming directly at Mazda with a take-no-prisoners approach.

    -juice
  • callmedrfillcallmedrfill Posts: 729
    The MX-5! I don't know what Mazda was doing. Like they ran out of money of something.

    I might get a used Integra to hold me over.

    Silver is my color. Sexiest thing GM has even THOUGHT about making! It could have 3-cylinders!

    DrFill
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