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General Motors' announcement last week to build the Camaro and other rear-wheel-drive product at its soon-revamped Oshawa facility is a perfect ignition source for all sorts of RWD product rumors, so let's get things started with talk about the Pontiac G8. The cancellation of the Bonneville has left the Poncho brand without a full-size vehicle, and the end of the GTO's run means that a combination of RWD and a V8 can no longer be found at a Pontiac dealer. So much for being the "excitement" division, huh?

Well, that may quickly change, as Pontiac wants to build a full-size RWD vehicle on the Camaro's Zeta platform. This would provide a flagship vehicle for the faltering brand, and would likely be the sportiest RWD GM sedan this side of Cadillac's V-series (Buick and Chevrolet are also likely to be receiving Zeta-based four-doors). Such a vehicle would likely follow the Camaro's showroom appearance in late 2008.

To us, this seems like a no-brainer. SUV buyers seem to be looking to migrate to a car without giving up much in the way of size or performance, and of course vehicles like the Chrysler 300C are doing well because of this market trend. Such a vehicle would give GM a way to flex its V8 powertrain prowess, would help Pontiac live up to its billing, and should be a strong contender in that oh-so-densely-packed $35-40K near-luxury segment.

[Source: Chicago Tribune]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      As long as they bring it over and make it LOOK like a Pontiac, I'd be interested. That "all-new HSV E-Series" is laughably boring and looks like a previous-gen model from the front. The back is pretty damn sharp, though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nothing on my radar screens from Pontiac, but I do have a couple Zeta Buicks on the horizon."

      Interesting, Dave. It seems to me that Pontiac is going to be in huge trouble if they don't figure out how to pull off a Zeta sedan, as well as a more practical Kappa variant.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nothing on my radar screens from Pontiac, but I do have a couple Zeta Buicks on the horizon. Too far away to know if they are just chaff or a real target, though.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The G8 is being worked on at this very second. It will probably show up NAIAS this year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd be in the market at about that time. If they do it OK, and keep the costs reasonable, I would seriously consider one.

      I have a real soft spot for GM, and Pontiac in particular, having been a big fan growing up in the 60s, which is why that last 30 years or so have been so disappointing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new Bonnevile is already here, all it needs is to change the badges from Holden to Pontiac. Here's a preview:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/08/22/holden-hsv-e-series-lineup-unveiled/
      • 8 Years Ago
      No argument from me, actually. It would make sense that they'd put out a Pontiac Zeta, and the story of a Holden LH drive Post-GTO Pontiac makes a lot of sense. I just don't see it as being a Firebird rebadge of the Camaro. Definitely under the hood and in the suspension, electrical, etc, there will be the common Zeta flavour of shared parts (a new discipline being worked at GM), but I expect more than a badge change from the Camaro. It still might be only a badge change from a Holden model, though. (and moving the wheel to the other side, of course!)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with scott. but to add the 300 fighter should be a buick (named roadmaster) and the the charger fighter should be a slightly smaller four door pontiac.

      But geez I dislike the G# nomanclature. Why not call it Firebird? Having the camaro and firebird in direct competetion has always been a mistake. Ford figured that old long ago and stopped making the cougar a slightly dressy mustang. Why cant the firebird be a somewhat retro(ala charger) sport sedan? This seems all too obvious to me. Hell come out with a limited (ala charger daytone)t/a version with t-tops and a screaming chicken on the hood.

      Theres 40-something gm fans all over this country that want that car, why not build it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would count on a Camaro rebadge to Firebird / TransAm to be announced soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Holden's more conservative designs would maybe make a good fit a Buick, but for Pontiac and Chevy they need new metal, the GTO underselling proves that. It's unfortunate that redoing the exteriors is taking so long because of financial troubles.

      They have previewed a Nomad on the Kappa (Solstice/Sky) platform. I would buy that in a second as a commuter car but it seems that GM has a lot of other stuff to do first.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sensing a pattern here:

      Holden, aka Pontiac in the US
      Opel, aka Saturn in the US
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone mentioned bringing a real retro firebird sedan back, t-tops? big bird? a decent V8? no Firebird actually, just bring out a car actually called Firebird Trans Am, sounds sexy, make it all big upfront and a skinny rear end, kinda like the ever so popular 1971-1981's.
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