• Nov 15th 2006 at 11:51AM
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Rumors abound within the hallowed halls of General Motors as it prepares to go through a major transformation that will include products designed to make the world take notice. For a brand that was once deemed "damaged" by car guy Bob Lutz, Pontiac is destined to make a huge splash at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

An interesting rumor is that the next G6 replacement will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle on a yet-to-be determined platform. Could this be a viable contender to the 3-series?

Yet another possibility is a rear-drive compact car replacing the current badge-engineered G5 under the G4 name. Speculation has this vehicle riding on the Kappa platform that underpins the Solstice and being available in both coupe and sedan models. GM has been mulling a second Kappa car for a while, and it sounds like it still is.

Last but not least, there has been talk of a Grand Prix replacement called the G8 that will be built on the Zeta platform. From what we hear this car will definitely appear at the Chicago Auto Show in February, if not sooner at the Detroit show in January Aren't rumors great?

[Source: GM Inside News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have heard rumors around the net that it's possible that Pontiac will be moving to an all RWD lineup in the near future. This lends some credibility to that idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the g6 will be the holden commodore

      you heard it here first
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugh. The Grand Prix, GTO, Firebird, Grand-Am, Le Mans, and Bonneville names were all de-valued by decades of poor-quality GM products. It's time to move on. Bring back the GTO name on a non-Holden coupe and that's it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10 -
      Steven, I never said the Camry Solara sucked. I just said the Pontiac was better. The paint on the Solara had a lot of eggshell and the Pontiac did not. The body gaps were more even on the Pontiac. The Pontiac had a better stereo system and the Pontiac felt more solid and had much less cowl shake than the Toyota when the tops were down.

      The Camry far from sucked. It was a nice car. I just thought the Pontiac had an edge. Again, not to knock the Camry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, if this trickles up to the next-Gen Saab 9-3, and the interior gets a boost upscale (haha), maybe that could be a legit contender in the battle for the 3-Series' crown.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know that I am a fervent backer of the domestics. However, the jarring THUD from the lack of GTO sales should give the numbers guys ammo in their perpetual battle with the car guys. With margins non-existent, even I would pause before introducing such a niche car as a rear-drive G6. Enthusiasts don't buy a new car every 24 months. If the buzz before the Holden/GTO intro translated to sales, the car would be selling in the 100k+ annually, instead of languishing the way it is currently. Too bad, as my own personal test drive revealed that while it is heavy, it's still a damn fine car for the transaction prices.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have the G6 Convertible and it's actually a pretty nice ride. With the 3.9L engine,it has enough power for what I use it for, handles reasonably well for a touring car, and with the retractable hard top, is quiet, warm, and dry when the top is up, and a fun to drive 'vert when the top is down.

      Build quality is actually better than the Camry Solara Convertible's I test drove and a whole bunch better than the Mazda MX-5's I test drove.

      Not up to BMW 3 status, but at over 10K difference in price, and the BMW does not have the hard top option, and over 20K less than the Mercedes, it's still a great bang for the buck car.

      I've had no troubles with mine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This will be sweet. Now add real-time nav system and better interior plastic, and I'll be writing the check.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Duhhhhh G Spot, and 6 stads for a G spot on a six pound Puzzzaaaaayyy
      • 8 Years Ago
      To get a good sense of what Jeff is talking about, all you have to do is find a Solara convertible in a showroom and open and shut a door. There hasn't been a car less solid since the 1980s domestic chop top convertibles. I haven't driven one, but based on the time I drove a Celica convertible Toyota has a long history of underengineering the things.

      As for Tim #1, a 252-horsepower DOHC V6 is hardly underpowered, and since no hatch is offered and the curb weight is 3,500+ pounds I'd hesitate to call the G6 an econobox.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Could this be a viable contender to the 3-series?"

      Uh, no. The Ponitac simply can't provide the driver with the same feeling of pompous superiority and wealth as the Bimmer, and therefore will never challenge the 3-series.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to see some mid 60's retro...


      All nice cars.

      I pray that will the introduction of the Rear Wheel Drive Impala... and now 'rumors' of Rear Wheel Drive Pontiacs... that they will have a model for 'Tall' people being that basically everything on the showroom floors these days have hood that give the 'BaseBall Cap' effect... you know, where it's like you are wearing a Baseball cap and have to alter your head to see 'up'.

      Also: Regarding the 'Impala' for 09.. again, a 60's retro would be much better than another bubble of gum.

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