DETROIT - Production problems have delayed the introduction of Chevrolet's SSR pickup roadster, but General Motors says it will begin shipping vehicles to dealers soon.
The SSR - a halo vehicle with a $41,995 base price, including destination - had been scheduled for mid-summer sales, according to statements from GM executives this year.
An industry source says GM has struggled with two novel aspects of the SSR: the retractable hardtop and flared fenders.
"There's been a six- to eight-week delay," the source says.
GM spokesman Dan Flores says 344 preproduction models have been built for internal testing. He says the automaker expects to give approval for dealer shipments soon.
Sources say GM senior executives have been extremely careful to avoid shipping vehicles with defects.