• Sep 29, 2006
We import excitement! That just might be the most appropriate new slogan for Pontiac. It's about time they listened to enthusiasts and brought over GM's best from overseas. Although the Monaro-based GTO hasn't been a huge sales success for the division, it's not for lack of performance. The GTO is a real kick to drive and makes wonderful noise with its Corvette-sourced powerplant. Solstice sales are moving at a pretty good clip thanks in no small part to the solid Opel platform the Pontiac roadster rides on. And now we have great news for Commodore fans, too. No, not THE Commodores, the Holden-built sedan from down under.

In an effort to go head-to-head with BMW, GM has decided to bring a version of the Holden Commodore stateside to be badged as a Pontiac. It will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show early next year. Bob Lutz was practically beaming as he made the thinly-veiled announcement encouraging people to go to Chicago, where "all will be revealed." The rear-drive Commodore should not only give Pontiac a real sports sedan offering, but the platform will undoubtedly see numerous permutations in the U.S. One of the candidates to use the platform is the production Chevrolet Camaro that has wowed crowds with its retro pony car styling.

[Source: Sydney Morning Herald]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      jg, it is actually more like 360hp for the V8 models. Plus the Commodore is probably a little bigger than a 5-Series, it doesn't really compete with a 3-Series on anything except price (and that's more like 4-cyl 3-Series price, not the 6-cyl models). The Commodore, being an Australian sedan and not American, actually does handle quite well. Not as well as an M3 or 335i surely, but 90% of consumers wouldn't notice much difference in handling between this and a 540i.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kappa is not an Opel platform just because a rebadged Saturn Sky is sold as an Opel GT. That said, if I get a turbo Sky I'll buy Opel badges for it damn quick (if I have a Kappa based car I don't want it to scream Delta Delta Delta).

      Looks are probably not as relevant for a sedan, so the GTOs slow sales don't doom this car. The issue will be price, they will have to go dollar for dollar against the Charger and the Austrailian dollar is up against ours.

      The Torana concept in the linked article is even more interesting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is GREAT news! Things like this is why GM is on the right track and is in much better shape then Ford. Now, if Ford would get off it's ass and bring over the new Mondeo and Euro Focus.... they too could make some inroads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is exactly the kind of thing they need to do with Pontiac. Hopefully, they can build them here or in Canada, but the platform is perfect. I'd like one with a diesel and a 7-speed manual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bring this car along with the Australian V8 Supercar Series, please!
      • 8 Years Ago
      And I have completely failed at spelling Pontiac! LOL Is there a way to go back and edit a post?-- ED-What's it worth to you? ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      BTW, I can't believe that GM has Holden at its disposal, yet it taps GMC and Suburu for Saab. What's the deal with that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you guys want to see how it'll likely look, check out the sept motor trend. I'm sure GM will "plastic up" the interior a bit though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd give it a chance if they keep the Holden styling. The Pontiac grill would look like crap on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can I get my Torana with the pink/magenta lighting as well! Weeeeeeeeeeee :P


      In all seriousness, im glad GM is finally realizing that Holden is a good brand and has conservative yet a little edgy styling to draw some of those "new job" or "middle management" people into something that is fun and practical and looks good to boot!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree that the torana is more interesting. Ditch the futuristic/asian styling though. Design it with inpiration from an early 70's Alfa GTV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To #45... yes, true and good point. To an extent, the Scions are less of a legit thing to me too, being they are quick knock-offs. I think for me, it depends how much something is changed before I start to think whether it's a copy or not. But regardless of that, my main point was it's just one failure after another with GM. They promise the next one will be the best and all new and all perfect. And then in 2 model years, it's heavily discounted and in 3 years it's discontinued. Empty promises for the last 15 years. I am thinking back to the last GTO, which GM first touted as the next big thing... and it didn't fly here in the end. Because of that and all of the other empty GM promises (Torrent is already sinking in one year, the Montana-thing minivan is discontinued, more recent failures), I have a VERY VERY hard time believing this next Pontiac will be successful. I should have focussed on that as my main point, rather than platform swapping.
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