The Solstice Coupe, premortem, at the New York Auto Show in April. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Ford has scrapped plans to offer a diesel version of its F-150 pickup truck. Blame the LOW cost of gas.
Roger Penske is rumored to be looking at buying Saturn. This man has 149 dealerships (40 brands), a successful track record of corporate and racing success, and apparently the start of another "plan."
April sales figures show no manufacturer with increases, year-to-year, for the first four months of 2009. Closest were Subaru and Hyundai, down 0.8 and 3.7 percent, respectively. Chrysler (-46.2), GM (-45.0) and Ford (-41.5) are still struggling as are Toyota (-38.4), Honda (-31.9), and Mazda (-31.1).
Pontiac’s phase-out means that less than 1,000 Solstice Coupes will be built. Savvy collectors likely will snap them up as special-interest cars, the last in the line for this still-proud marque.
Actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) will be a guest on SPEED this Sunday (May 10) at 9 p.m. with Dave Despain. Dempsey will chat about his love of racing, his experiences in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, and his goal of competing with Team Seattle in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
And, as a regular parting note, this repeat reminder that the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles no longer is sending out driver’s license renewal notices. Check yours and don’t compound a minor traffic stop with a "driving without a license" citation.
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