• Aug 1st 2008 at 3:59PM
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Despite the fact that Canadian Pontiac dealers are already selling the new Pontiac G3 and that the U.S. EPA has certified the model for sale in the U.S., GM is not currently planning on bringing the model over the border. The G3 is basically a badge-engineered version of the Chevy Aveo, itself a relatively new design in five-door trim. While the front-end and grille of the Poncho may actually be a bit nicer looking than the in-yer-face gaping maw of the Chevy, it still features those unfortunate and ungainly fake side vents. Yuck.

Considering that the G3 would be rated at a relatively good 25/34 with the auto and 27/34 with the standard five-speed stick, we wouldn't be surprised if the G3 did eventually make it into U.S. showrooms nationwide. The G3 could be a fuel efficient, entry-level stepping stone into more expensive options at combined Buick/Pontiac/GMC dealerships.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Count yourselves lucky if it's not coming. This, and the Aveo, put the sh*t in sh*tbox! Truly the worst cars available on the market today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      PONTIAC NEEDS TO STOP MAKING CARS. They make the absolute ugliest cars ever. I really wish they went out of business so i wont have to put up with seeing their slothlike mutant creations ever again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM: Wrong answer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Eric, I hope you'll stick around and contribute more. Your comment postings already seem more erudite and considered than most. Have you met iQuack-?

        Lawrence
        • 7 Years Ago
        Eric Elinow...all your points are valid and legitimate. I, for one, have no issue with them. What many here object to, however, is the marketing "think" part and parcel of this post -- that badge engineering of this sort somehow has benefits for sales. Now, if you and others want to say badge engineering is UNFORTUNATELY unavoidable given the structure of GM's dealer network and shared engineering platforms, fine. But these are still weaknesses for GM -- perhaps fatal ones.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know it's their signature, but I am so tired of Pontiac's corporate grille and plastic honeycomb design. Can't they come up with something a little more exciting than that?

      Try mesh, Pontiac. Try chicken wire. Just try something NEW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How about electrically charged barbed wire and a laser gun hidden under the Pontiac logo?

        P.S.: As you might have figured, I'm dying to get out of the office right now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude if you work for GM, get out. Seriously, that company won't be around long. DROP THE PATRIOTISM and get realistic. The company is making stupid decisions like this one every day that is helping North America falling into the pit faster...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pontiac needs to stop w/ the number names.
      • 7 Years Ago
      G3, Mazda 3, 3 Series, we need more 3-centric names and we need them now!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't forget more alphanumerics starting with 'G'

        And quickly!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pathetic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing makes Hyundais look like BMWs. Who would buy this over an Accent?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are the side gills really the worst thing you can find about the car? The whole thing is one big wart.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you guys make it sound like theyre selling that thing in the US already....
      • 7 Years Ago
      More ugly rebadges from GM. This "g3" looks like a re-hashed design from the 1980's. The pontiac grill is butt ugly now just as in the 80's.

      Buh-bye GM. They are so asleep at the wheel.

      Didn't Bob Lutz say GM wasn't going to do any badge engineering anymore? I think he said that a few years ago and lookee what we got here y'all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cladding was introduced with the 1985 Pontiac Grand Am.

        In any case, this doesn't look like an 80s/90s Pontiac. That's a very specific-looking cheap piece of crap. This just looks like a generic piece of crap.
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