Pontiac will ship the first batch of 2006 Pontiac Solstice roadsters to dealers on Wednesday. Dealers can sell the car as soon as it arrives, said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive director of vehicle architecture and GM Performance Division, at the Management Briefing Seminars.
Reuss said that in spite of media reports, there was no delay in shipping the Solstice to dealers.
He said that there were no last-minute problems with the Solstice and that the program will be profitable for GM.
Reuss said that there is a waiting list of 10,000 customers for the Solstice.
CLOSE TIES -- Is Nissan Motor Co. sweating over its newest North American powertrain supplier? Nothing to fret about, said Yoshimasa Yamamoto, general manager of Nissans Powertrain Production Engineering Division. Weve done collaborative work with them before. You may have heard of the supplier -- Toyota Motor Corp. Nissans otherwise archrival will supply a hybrid power system to the Nissan Altima, built in Smyrna, Tenn. But Yamamoto said there will be no special scrutiny of the new suppliers manufacturing capability. He explained: Weve already had a chance to check out their operations.
DURA SHAKES THINGS UP -- Dura Automotive Systems Inc. has come to expect the worst from drivers. As part of its testing process for new gearshifts, the Rochester Hills, Mich., company intentionally dumps a can of cola over the system, said Tim Stephens, general manager of Duras shifter systems and cable operations in North America. It tests any resulting problems from the gunk in hot and cold weather. He said the tests are designed to make sure the sticky substance wont hurt the gears or graphic elements on the units.