FROM SOLSTICE SISTER SITE
Didn't catch the teleconference this morning, but Automotive News is reporting that CEO Fritz Henderson was asked about Wilmington and the Solstice/Sky and provided a direct and interesting reply:
Originally Posted by Automotive News
GM would accept offers for Del. sports car plant, Henderson says
Richard Truett Automotive News | May 11, 2009 - 11:15 am EST
DETROIT -- Chrysler LLC’s Viper plant isn’t the only American sports car factory on the market.
General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson said today the company will listen to offers for the Wilmington, Del., plant that builds the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice sports cars.
The Solstice and Sky have been America’s top-selling budget sports cars -- outselling the Mazda Miata on a combined basis -- every year they’ve been on the market since 2007.
Pontiac just now is launching a coupe version of the Solstice, but only around 1,000 are expected to be built before production ends when the Pontiac division dies.
In 2008, Pontiac sold 10,739 Solstices while Saturn sold 9,162 Sky roadsters. Mazda sold 10,977 Miatas. Those figures were down from 2007 when GM sold 16,779 Solstices and 11,263 Saturn Skys while Mazda sold 15,075 Miatas.
The plant also builds a low-volume version of the roadster for Europe called the Opel GT.
But those cars could live on if GM receives an acceptable offer for the plant, the vehicles and the production equipment.
During a question-and-answer session with reporters today, Henderson said: “If someone were to approach us with a proposal that made good sense for our people, we would be open. We are not out actively trying to market a plant, per se. But if a party were interested, we’d be very open to this and would encourage it. We haven’t had any inbounds on the subject at this point.”
Chrysler has not had any viable offers on the Viper sports car and plant. Current plans call for production to end in December.