Next-Gen GM Kappa Architecture Shelved?

GM Inside News reports that the vehicle architecture being developed to support the next-generation Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice, and a host of other similar GM two-seat compact roadsters sold worldwide has been shelved. "Kappa II Platform Axed From R&D," read the headline on the GMI's website last night. We'll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming months as GM's product plans seem to be in a constant state of change. But for now we'll have to hold out hope that GM finds another way to keep its popular line of roadsters alive.

It is no secret by now that General Motors has been shaking up its product programs left and right. We first heard of the slashing of the Buick Zeta car, apparent death of the Cadillac Zeta car, and the impending death of a couple GMC product programs. Now GMI is hearing that the Kappa II program, successor to the current lineup of Kappa roadsters, has been pulled from the product plans. The reasons for all of these changes are obvious: uncertain gas prices, an uneasy economy, poor financial situation within the company and an overall product shake up are just a few reasons. There has been speculation throughout the last year that Kappa II would be a more usable platform, supposedly loosely based off of the quite-mainstream Zeta that underpins the new Camaro. Speculation has also arisen in recent years that the next-generation Kappa products would [have been] built at GM's new plant in Mexico to help offset the staggering loss it has taken with Kappa. Apparently such plans have been scrapped as market conditions have since changed and Kappa II is off the table. As always, we want to add that product plans, particularly in today's world at GM, change constantly. As of late last week though, the Kappa II program was shelved. That does not mean that GM may not open it up tomorrow, next month or a year from now. However, we suspect that unless the financial situation at GM changes dramatically soon, the Kappa II program will likely maintain its "shelved" status.

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