• Jun 2, 2008
Looks like badge engineering is alive and well at General Motors. After decades of the practice damaging its brands, GM may sell the Pontiac G3 in the U.S. The G3 is nothing more than a rebadged version of what we know as the Chevy Aveo that's sold in Canada as the Wave. It's rebadged and sold elsewhere in the world under various brands, but we don't see those here in the U.S. The new subcompact would supposedly bolster the offerings at combined Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealers by adding a new fuel-efficient vehicle to the mix. Oddly enough, however, the G3 only achieves marginally better fuel economy than the already-available Pontiac Vibe, itself a slightly redesigned version of the Toyota Matrix, thanks to its diminutive four-banger and old-school four speed automatic tranny. Curiously enough, you can already EPA numbers for the G3 sedan and hatchback at the government's fuel economy website, which could be further support for the notion that it will be sold in the U.S. soon, or may indicate that it's sold in a U.S. territory like Puerto Rico.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac has fallen so far... from riding high on the Pontiac Trans Am has their "Gotta have" car to importing and re badging Aussie cars as their prime sellers...

      Then having their Cobalt variant have no super charger or turbo charger to even give the idea that they make performance cars...Sorry, Chevy can have its SS and Pontiac takes a back seat.

      now this...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah I agree:

      Reminds me of T1000

      and GM does need to kill off GMC, Saturn & Pontiac but include Buick
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought GM was going to stop rebadging cars.

      LIARS!!!

      I'm glad I'm not loyal foolish buyer of GM products.

      What waste.


      GO HONDA!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i will not deny the aveo has the looks of the hunchback of notre dame and often beats a turtle in quarter mile, but the car sells pretty well. Chevy sells aveo's as many as toyota sells its yaris', so why not add pontiac version and hope it boosts the sales?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because that is the logic that has made the Pontiac brand the automotive equvilant to Conferderate dollars.

        Brand equity>Short term profit
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is why CAFE sucks everybody.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a sign that GM still has one too many brands. First the G5, now this. I am an American car fan, but this goes to show you how short sighted US Automakers were when it came to diversifying their product portfolios. Lets just hope this isn't true.

      I agree on the CAFE bit, but I would think that Buick is in just as bad of shape.

        • 6 Years Ago
        All you really have to do is apply Mazda's Ranger (B-Series pickup) logic to this vehicle to understand why it will exist.

        It's both to satisfy the dealers and GM's bottom end, because if Pontiac doesn't have a fuel efficient (EPA numbers aren't looking good on it, but they're easily surpassed, even with the 07 powertrain) small-car, buyers will look elsewhere. And whatever brings buyers into a showroom in the first place is good.

        As much as I despise the concept...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice A-pillar vent.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That vent totally functional!
        It cools the mirrors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats the AC
      • 6 Years Ago
      can they at least make it a sporty aveo?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a Vauxhall Corsa, instead? Let Pontiac sell the VXR version with 197 hp. That would build some excitement...

      http://tinyurl.com/5ecyhj
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Corsa is coming here as a Saturn.

        And WTF the VXR have to do with this? This is an economy car, not a guzzler.

        Premium gas is $4.50 AT THE CHEAP PLACES where I live, there will be a big demand for economical cars. This is a play for that, not a play to make a smaller fast car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course, the Aveo is no longer the most-efficient car in GM's stable -- that title now goes to the Chevy Cobalt XFE (and I wonder if an XFE version of the Pontiac G5 will be coming). Well, it's manual-only for the transmission, but it shows what remapping the ECU, adding low-rolling-resistance tires, and other small tweaks can do.

      Now if the Aveo was properly engineered, I'm sure it could beat the Cobalt XFE in fuel economy. We'll see if that happens or not...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Living in Canada, I can at least confirm that the Pontiac version, however redundant and illogical, are much better looking than the Chevy counterparts. If I were in the market for the Aveo, I'd buy the Pontiac just because it looks better (that the only difference between the two anyway).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry about the bad grammer. I meant "versions".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pathetic.

      Once again, PONTIAC = Peel Off NameTag It's A Chevy.

      Pontiac is no longer the Performance Division. They no longer build Excitement or Fuel for the Soul. It's all about CAR (Chevy, Again, Renamed).

      Then again, after Pontiac dealer #2 (the one with the highest CSI in the area) worked on my second '04 GTO (first one = lemon law buyback because the dealership screwed it up) just before the warranty expired, I've had no fewer than 5 parts that they touched come apart or fall off (seat track, steering wheel spokes and cover, seat adjustment lever, back seat separating from the chassis).

      Pontiac dealers reap what they sow... just sell me the friggin' car without a warranty and I'll be happy (if I want a larger RWD sedan for 30-35k, what are my options other than a G8? Used 5-series?)
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