• Apr 22, 2008


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10,000. That's not a sticker price and it's not a production number. It's the number of submissions General Motors received for naming the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck. The contest opened up just a month ago, following Pontiac's unveiling of the concept car-ute at the New York Auto Show.

Granted, many of the names will be duplicates. And many of the names will be completely unusable, whether they're owned by other companies or just plain inappropriate. It'll take Pontiac a good long while to sift through them all, and while the carmaker won't reveal what names were submitted or which of them are being considered, a spokesman for the GM division did confirm El Camino was one of them, although it remains to be seen if GM can or will use a defunct Chevy name on a Pontiac vehicle. Meanwhile, although the public voice will be taken into consideration, Pontiac is safeguarding itself against an Alfa MiTo-type backtracking by noting that, in the end, the company's marketing gurus will have the last say.

[Source: KickingTires]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      How about - The Pontiac "We should have done a wagon instead" ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Poor
        Old
        Nimwit
        Thinks
        Its
        A
        Chevy
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call it the Pontiac Mullet....business in the front, party in the back. also great for the target demographic: Rednecks.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I take it back - if they call it the Mullet, I will buy win.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Official pace car of the Brickyard 400, brought to you by Red Dog Malt Liquor. "Go yeller car!!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      in spirit of El Camino.... El Pontiaco... or maybe El Gato.

      too bad you know marketing geeks will have a dorky focus group pic some real bad name like Aztek.. oh wait..
        • 6 Years Ago
        El Granprixo
        • 6 Years Ago
        not that i know of.. but neither is G8. fyi..not knocking the camino... thats a classic, this i need some time to get used to, but it will probably sell well considering the only other competition i think of is the subie.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pontiaco? Is that even a word?

        At least El Camino (the road) made sense for a vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How 'bout the Mas Puto? That's more accurate
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congratulations on Earth Day to Autobloggreen's staff members on your daily commitment to our Earth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do you think Pontiac is really going to sift through all of the entries submitted? The rules of the contest stated that the winner would be chosen at random and that person would win the contest as long as the name isn't deemed offensive.
      They'll use the winner's name in a few press releases and then Pontiac will market the truck with whatever name they choose.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's going to be priced like the G8 sedan. Though they haven't announced it a V6 model is likely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they will call it G8 ST or simply make the Chevy Lumina (middle eastern variant) front end on it and call it an El Camino.
      • 6 Years Ago
      POS
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about "el huevo negron"? The black testicle. It's terrifying... both aurally and visually.

      Pontiac should give up and start wearing the Holden badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They aren't going to name it G8 El Camino, ultimately GM and their marketing will choose the name they like out of this contest.

      Personally they should just call it G8 ST and that would be fine with me. In fact if the name is really bad most people will just peel it off the back anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I got the perfect name for it, doubt it will be used.


      NO
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