GM’s in a world of hurt, right now, with their bonds being rated as “junk” and oodles of other problems. So while they need a breakout model, given their past history, they’re not going to be pushing the envelope too radically. The head of GM, Jack Wagner, pretty much doesn’t know a damn thing about the car business, and because of the (mis)management structure at GM, those who do, are left to twist in the wind. (Jack, if you’re reading this, give me a call. We’ll do lunch, and I’ll show you how to save the company without spending billions in the process to do it. Heck, I’ll even let you take credit for it. Just pay me a decent salary.)
BTW, it should be pointed out that the Solstice and the Sky were built by one of the car guys working at GM. Lutz was looking for something to spice up GM’s car line and wanted to find someone in the company who could pull it off. When Lutz heard about one of the engineers who spent his off hours converting Cavaliers to rear wheel drive and racing them, Lutz knew he had his man.
It also should be pointed out that the Solstice concept was built in just about a year, which is INSANE for building a concept. It’s normally a two-year turnaround from design to the first concept, but they built the Solstice largely from off-the-shelf GM parts.
The Sky has a very Euro look, especially in that front end.
Chevy’s cars for '06 look better than past ones, especially the new Impala. The Monte Carlo SS looks a lot more like the race car now, which is good. The big problem is that no one wants the Cobalt, Malibu MAXX or Aveo, and they don’t have the Camaro any more.
Yeah, one of the reasons Lutz chose the guy was because he was fast, and because he had so much experience reworking GM parts to new applications. That’s how cars should be designed and built: By people who know WTF they’re doing, and not by beancounters.