It seemed like a good idea at the time, and it was, but nobody knew that time was running out on Pontiac.
The Solstice, with eyes on the Mazda Miata (MX-5), hit the showrooms in 2005, (https://youtu.be/ZqJkZh886Qo?t=1m26s) and despite some design flaws (https://youtu.be/ZqJkZh886Qo?t=2m38s, https://youtu.be/ZqJkZh886Qo?t=3m46s) it was a sales success. In 2008 GM dumped the Pontiac brand and with it the Solstice, 2010 being the last model year.
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(The segment originally aired on Motoring TV 2006 Episode #4)