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When we read in Motor Trend that the Alpha platform would find its way beneath the bow tie instead of the next G6, we were a little disappointed. It didn't make sense that GM would forego the performance-oriented image of Pontiac that Blogger Bob promised us for the more family-friendly, high volume Chevy brand. If you can believe that Maximum Bob returns emails from fanatical Cheers and Gears message board posters (we definitely wouldn't put it past him), then we have nothing to worry about.

In the alleged email, the industry's most outspoken executive cut right to the chase to tell the wide-eyed emailer that Motor Trend's story was "totally untrue." Heck, maybe we'll get the best of both worlds and the General will make a Alpha-based performance Pontiac and a stylish, fun and affordable Chevrolet. We've been denied many of the best overseas platforms for too long, but nothing can make us forgive and forget faster than a couple of world-class RWD sedans that aren't the size of a freighter.

[Source: Cheers and Gears via The GM Source]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Great.

      Now leave enough room to replace the pumpkin with an electric motor. And give us a RWD series hybrid.

      GM hasn't been able to build a decent rear differential lately anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      g8 taking long?

      0.o

      what is the time period between the showcar and the car hitting dealer lots?

      and the volt program is well under way

      why is it that lutz bashers consistently have no clue what they are talking about?
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why would Mr. Lutz bother responding to the story in Motor Trend, unless of course it weren't true. The Alpha could provide a great chassis for several smaller RWD vehicles. GM needs more cars in their lineup to help their CAFE averages. Pontiac and Buick are in immediate need of product and they partner, which means those dealerships are starving for new models.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Not that Motor Trend had much credibility to begin with.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Each division sells about 300,000 units each per year. Pontiac or Buick isn't going anywhere. They both need CPR, ASAP or sales will continue to diminish.
      • 7 Years Ago
      TICK-TOCK, almost time to play "Survivor GM", which division will be the next one voted off the Island? Pontiac or Buick?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lutz is an incontinent old fool. I don't know how this dinosaur found his way to the internet a few years back but no under 40 cares. I can't take anyone that looks like Leslie Nielsen seriously.

      Why is the G8 taking so long? I won't be holding my breath for the Volt either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      never said Buick will not!
      ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some folks on C&G also seem to have predicted Pontiacs demise is right around the corner. I would see that as a very strong possibility given the protfolio has consisted of nothing more than rebadged Chevys and Holdens for years.

      "Tick-tock" as they say.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And the fact that Lexus sports nothin but rebadged Toyotas, and Acura Sports rebadged Accords is no nevermind to anyone. Every automaker out there does it. I just wish people would stop highlighting GM as if they're the only ones that use this technique.

        Holden's for years? Last I checked, the GTO was the first Import.....
      • 7 Years Ago

      Not that Motor Trend had much credibility to begin with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I remember posting on the other thread saying that "Until I hear official news from GM I won't submit to any of these theories."

      Once again, Maximum Bob corroborates my belief (although not personally). So ya'll can relax now. :p
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gee, Bob better be nice to MT or they'll stomp their feet, throw a temper tantrum and take away his COTY award for the CTS.
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