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Now that the Solstice is here and things are quiet again at the Pontiac pavilion, it's time to focus on the next big thing from GM's "excitement" division. That car will be the Grand Prix replacement, assumed to be called the G8 based on Pontiac's current naming scheme. The G8 will return the Grand Prix to its rear-wheel drive roots thanks to the platform underpinning the Aussie-built Holden Commodore VE sedan. The G8 will be platform mates with the Commodore, likely along with a Chevy and Buick variant, though it will not share any sheetmetal or interior design with its counterpart from down under. These are the first spy pics of the Pontiac G8, and while they don't reveal much in terms of design, at least they indicate the project is underway and progressing.
[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      One thing the world needs to learn:

      BADGE ENGINEERING HARDLY MATTERS WHEN THE CARS ARE WORLD-BEATING. IF GM MADE WORLD-BEATERS, EVERYONE WOULD PRAISE THEIR 'ECONOMIES OF SCALE' AS THEY DID FOR 60 YEARS IN THE LAST CENTURY. PERIOD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car is a Holden Commodore with different bumpers to compensate for that crappy Pontiac grille. Everything else is the same and it is BUILT IN AUSTRALIA... why can't Amercians just accept that someone else can make a car better than they can!? Even Daewoos are better than American cars and they're GMs as well!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this over there, turning heads the way it has here. GM needed these cars over in the US ages ago. Are these going to Canada also?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I agree with puffy. The ES is nothing more than a Camry in (expensive) drag and yet no one complains. And that's just one example. Look at the Acura lineup. Its simply a bunch of Hondas with leather trim and chrome buttons."

      Sid got a point, the Acura CSX, a Canada-only model http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acura_CSX is a Civic with a Acura badge!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. Paul is always on the internet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am not opposed to the G8 being a rebadged Holden. I don't look at Holdens being this great Aussie sport sedans like some people, but they are an improvement over what's been coming from Pontiac for thirty years. I was hoping to see GM stop the rebadge nonsense, but the G5 proved that to be a false hope. Nevertheless, a rear-wheel-drive Pontiac sport sedan with a good V-8 is something to look forward to. The GTO wasn't so bad--it just needed to be cheaper. (Like the SSR.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reliability is in the.... driving habits... of the beholder. People beat up their cars then get mad when something goes wrong. Its like this, I hear someone yacking about how happy they are with their new Tank..er, SUV because they can run over the speed bumps without slowing down. But I bet when their shocks go early, they'll blame it on the company.

      They'll drive heavily on the pedal right out of the lot, and wont think twice about "breaking the engine in." Then when they have oil leaks because they beat up their engine for the first critical miles at 25,000 miles... But hey, its not my fault. I should be able to put my engine at high stress as much as I want, get to a speeding start from the light when it turns green to get ahead of everybody... Thats the point. But I shouldn't have to pay for my bad habits..

      They hug the corners like their in a race, and the bearings go at 50,000 miles. No, it can't possibly be their fault.

      I see so many people drive their cars like this. Honda's, Toyota's, GM, etc etc etc. I know a few and it doesnt matter what they own, they have problems. But seldom does it occur to them that they could be the cause of their own problems.

      What, when you fail your history exam, is it the text books fault? The professor? Or maybe history didn't work out the way it was supposed to, but you're the only one that knows, right?

      Most people know who's fault it is when they fail that exam. But when something goes wrong with their car, its not something they want to own up to. Because after all, they know they've got bad habits behind the wheel, and it makes them feel guilty to own up to it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most cars are starting to look alike, its hard to tell just by its looks what brand these new cars are.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well stated, Puffy C.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Although there is only one image here - take a look at http://www.holden.com.au/www-holden/action/modeloverview?modelid=8000 to get a strong idea of what it may look like - G8 or not its a looker.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unlikely this is a leftover prototype - too complete and too different a styling job from both VE and WM Holdens. It is also left-hand drive and so far the LHD VEs going to the Middle East are all pure Commodore. However, it does appear to be a clever amalgam of VE and WM panels, with WM rear quarters, lights and decklid, complete with the recess for the chrome strip between the lights. The rear doors are likely VE lowers with shortened WM uppers, to fit with the quarter light in the D pillar. The rest looks to be VE, with an extended crease from A pillar to headlight on the front wing. Another spy pic not published here shows a rejigged VE centre console.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15
      off topic
      I'm a fan of saab but since the early 900s they are GMs.
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