• May 7, 2006
The Tribune Chronicle reports that the upcoming Pontiac G5 coupe made its first public debut last week. The coupe, based on the Chevrolet Cobalt, was displayed during the Beatitude House of the Ursuline Sisters fundraiser for disadvantaged women and children. The reaction was reportedly quite positive.
The displayed G5 is a pilot vehicle that General Motors will use to work out any kinks in the new model before it goes on to production next month at the automaker's Lordstown, Ohio plant. The coupe is slotted as an entry-level car for the brand below the G6.

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[Source: Tribune Chronicle]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The linked article makes a big deal about the car being a pilot car. Why's GM even building a pilot car? To make sure the G5 badge doesn't fall off? It can't be to make sure the Pontiac badge falls off since they've been building the Pursuit for some time now. Even if the Cobalt hadn't been previously badge engineered for the Canadian market, all that's different is the nose and the tail, right? Honestly, GM, with the Torrent and the G5, what are you trying to prove? That no two execs are on the same page?
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's nothing wrong with sharing platforms and engineering. XLR and Corvette are totally different on the exterior and interior. That's good.

      But the Cobalt and this G5, this is badge engineering, where the exterior and interior are identical, with a few color changes and different grille.
      On the plus side, you could think of it as a "special edition". It would probably be more acceptable if they named it the "Chevrolet Cobalt G5".
      • 8 Years Ago
      "new view",
      Any car will sell. There are just enough people like you and Actual 6 owner out there that know and care little about cars to buy them.
      The vast majority will see and care and NNOT buy either Chevy or Pontiac again.
      It has happened before.
      People DID buy the rebadges of the 80s and 90s. MORE people DID NOT BUY them.
      Those are the ones you should worry about.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "aside from the corvette, is there any car that doesnt share its engineering with some other GM stablemate?"

      Cadillac XLR, meet Chevrolet Corvette.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I didn't think Lucerne was badgineered.

      But this.... this is obvious badgineering. Not anymore upscale (e.g. Camry -> Lexus ES), and it's hard to imagine it being more of a performance-oriented car than the Cobalt SS. I mean, at least swap out the Cobalt's ugly front head lights to something more GTO-esque. Looks like they cleared the Cobalt headlights, swapped the grille and called it a day.

      Actual G6 owner: I feel bad for you, I really do. Living in a world of stupid's not a great place to be. There's a not-so-small difference between sharing a platform and swapping out plastic parts as in the G5. But if you think G35 and FX35 look identical, then there's no hope for you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll have to agree with #13, too bad this is a blatant act of the dreaded "badge engineering". A big part of this problem of Pontiac getting leftover capacity is that Pontiac is not really in GM's mind right now, neither is Buick. The only divisions GM is worried about is Cadillac (to fight the Germans), Chevy (which accounts for a little over 50% of total GM sales), and Saturn (I can't figure out why).

      It's a shame really, because in the 1960's GM had all the right answers. But now that means nothing and GM is relearning everything the hard way--trial and error. I think the G5 will do well. I like the look of the G5 better than the Cobalt coupe, and so long as the numbers look good on paper it will sell. *note on the design: I think the Chevy looks a little feminine, where the Pontiac looks more neutral gender.

      In the end all we here in the blogosphere is see what happens. The GTO came out with a bang only to be left to rot on the dealer floor. The Solstice came out going 100mph, and never looked back. We'll just have to see.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure. the pontiac delers did sell quite a lot of things. Unfortunately everything they used to sel was rubbish (what with all the plastic cladding and all).
      Now, Pontiac has a ghetto racer stigma over its head (how many Pontiacs have you seen next to a meth lab or in the ghetto?).
      It is NOT a growth brand anymore.

      "Filler" or not, badge engineering always cheapens a brand--period.
      GM has done without cars in a lineup before. They can do it again. Let the current G6 stew till 2008--it's hardly any different to this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it!! I love the Cobalt ss supercharged. Better than Corolla and Sentra!!
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      and who said that the americans were not smart enough to run a major corporation and compete against the more intelligent asians...

      oh yeah, I did.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Utter stupidity on GM's part. Mirrors the dull-witted GM fans who mindlessly post their dribble on these boards."

      Awww, you hurt my little witty feelings!!

      Aki,
      If you're as bright as you think you are, you would have know that GM already gave a reason for the G5. They were defending this application before it was even built. So instead of trying to question the logic of others, use your own limited grey matter and find out the answers yourself. I already know, but I can already tell, explaining it to you would amount to me talking to my stapler.
      It's amazing, all this knowledge on how GM should work... Aki, are you president, CEO...etc, of a major automaker, hummmm... No right?? So until I see a Autoblog, praising your accomplishment within the auto industry, spare me the ill-informed garbage you call an opinion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Boy, platform-sharing is NOT badge engineering. However, clowns like you seem to have re-infiltrated GM just as it seemed to be turning its back on one of its worst traits."

      I didn't say platform sharing and badge engineering were the same..... CLOWN!!
      Think about it!!! Look at GM, all of their brands, the total amount of vehicles produced, you were a FOOL to believe Lutz when he made that statement.
      Why make a joke of Lutz statement, but then comment on how they were moving away from, as you put it, their "worst trait"... Stay consistent or shut up.

      "Now, Pontiac has a ghetto racer stigma over its head (how many Pontiacs have you seen next to a meth lab or in the ghetto?)."

      John, I'm not even sure how to reply to this, it has to be on the top stupidest things ever said list!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Cavalier/Cobalt/G5, I wonder what they will call it next?"

      Sunfire!
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