TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Pontiac will ship the first batch of 2006 Pontiac Solstice roadsters to dealers on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Dealers can sell the car as soon as it arrives, said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive director of vehicle architecture, on Monday at the Management Briefing Seminars.
Reuss said that in spite of media reports, there was no delay in shipping the Solstice to dealers.
He added that there were no last-minute problems with the Solstice and that the program will be profitable for GM. There is a waiting list of 10,000 customers for the Solstice, Reuss said.
Production of the Saturn Sky roadster, which shares its chassis with the Solstice, will begin later this summer, Reuss said.
GM will offer a detachable hardtop for the Solstice later this year, which can be bought via dealership parts departments.
Reuss said other variations of the Solstice are being considered for production. They include a high-performance model with a turbocharged engine, and a lightweight coupe with a fixed roof to appeal to club racers.
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