2010 Pontiac Solstice Targa Coupe
Updated September 19, 2012
The Solstice was a massive redemption for Pontiac. They had just come reeling off the horrible failure otherwise known as the Aztek. It was 2005 and Pontiac dropped the veil on the Solstice and received an overwhelmingly positive response. The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada crowned the Pontiac Solstice with both Car of the Year and Design of the Year. The car officially went into production in 2006 and 7000 units were sold in the first ten days of availability. Pontiac couldn’t make the car fast enough. They were constantly behind on the cars first year of production, issuing letters to confirmed buyers for the delay. The response was far greater than they had ever expected.
And the car only evolved from there. Pontiac had to make little if any changes at all to the design of the car over the next few years. The lines were classic and smooth. And then 2008 happened. The financial world crumbled thanks to a bunch of boobs down on Wall Street. And ultimately the Solstice became a victim of that crisis. The government stepped in with bailouts and put pressure on General Motors to downsize and fold the Pontiac brand. General Motors seemed to fight this a little. They bought enough time to push production of the car at least another year and in 2009 the 2010 Pontiac Solstice Targa Coupe actually managed to see production of 1266 units. The Targa fastback hard top was a more muscular looking direction for the Solstice. It gave the car a more aggressive and masculine appearance. The Targa was an instant hit as well, among critics and enthusiasts alike. They’re still out there, those Targa models. There are even a few for sale if you look hard enough. They’re rare and demand pretty much the same price as they’re original tag, but worth every penny. The 2010 Pontiac Solstice Targa Coupe will become, if it hasn’t already, a collectors car. Even car enthusiast Jay Leno has affection for them. He wrote an article for Popular Mechanics as a goodbye to Pontiac where he mentions that he had hopes the Solstice would be saved somehow. Leno suggested perhaps it could be resurrected through the Chevrolet line. We can only hope. And it would make perfect sense that General Motors would make this car based on the success of the Solstice and the 2010 Pontiac Solstice Targa Coupe. But as of now there is no word on this happening.
But perhaps, at some later date, General Motors will feel it is safe to produce another roadster. And we can only hope it captures all the same spirit and direction as the Pontiac Solstice in both the convertible and the Targa versions.
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