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When Bob Lutz drove the Pontiac Solstice roadster on stage and into the spotlight at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, his triumph was manifest: By creating a production-ready prototype of an inexpensive, low-volume two-seater, the former Marine had done what no one thought possible. At least no one within General Motors, where just a few years back selling 200,000 vehicles per year wasn't enough to sustain Oldsmobile, and where business cases for new vehicle programs typically demand hundreds of thousands of anticipated sales to get the green light.

ON SALE: Fall 2005
BASE PRICE: $19,995
POWERTRAIN: 2.4-liter, 170-hp, 170-lb-ft I4; rwd, five-speed manual
CURB WEIGHT: 2860 pounds
0-60 MPH: 7.2.0 seconds (mfr.) 
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