MUNICH, Germany -- General Motors is trying to create a business case for at least two small, rear-wheel-drive sporty cars, including the Pontiac Solstice.
Adam Opel AG would sell the second car in Europe.
Hans Demant, an Opel board member, said the automaker is looking at developing a new rwd platform or modifying an existing front-wheel-drive platform to accommodate rwd. Opel also is determining if it has enough capacity to build parts for the new cars, Demant said at a press event here.
The Pontiac Solstice is a two-passenger, rwd concept that was a star at this year's Detroit auto show.
GM Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said the Solstice, if built, would have a base price of around $25,000 and be aimed at young buyers.
Demant said, "When we look at the viability of a new platform, min-imum volume requires the component sets of at least 200,000 to 250,000 units a year."
But such sales volume is unlikely for the Solstice, he said, so other cars would be needed for the project. No details were given.
Mark Reuss, executive director of operations for engineering and specialty vehicles, said GM is looking at whether its fwd Delta platform could be modified for the rwd Solstice.
Reuss added that GM will introduce several small and mid-sized rwd concepts at next year's Detroit auto show that could share a platform. He spoke Thursday, June 20, at a preview for GM's 2003 vehicles in Milan, Mich.
Demant said Opel "is working on design ideas. How would we translate the Opel design language to something like this, and what kind of car could we create out of it? It's all in the 'what if' stage."
Staff Reporter Dave Guilford contributed to this report