• Oct 23, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT

It looks like things will be getting a lot less exciting at Pontiac, as some reports indicate that the erstwhile performance brand will be losing its best performers. Despite the fact that the G8 sedan has seen nothing but positive press from the media, including your humble scribes here at Autoblog, the realities of fuel economy and the global economy appear set to kill off the rear-wheel drive performance sedan in the prime of its short life. GM will reportedly not renew the G8 after its Holden-sourced chassis architecture is redesigned following a planned five-year run.

The Pontiac Solstice in both coupe and convertible forms is also unlikely to see a second generation. Unfortunately, the Solstice, Saturn Sky and their Opel spin-off don't generate enough sales to support another go-round, which could leave Pontiac with exactly zero vehicles with overtly sporting pretensions. While the G6 may be a decent car, it and a Cobalt derivative in the form of the G5 and a rebadged Aveo known as the G3 do not a BMW competitor make. What does this mean for the future of Pontiac as a brand? We'll see.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the kind of thinking that is hurting the American Automakers - not standing behind their products. Here's a car that has gotten good press and GM is just going to kill it off. Makes a whole lotta sense.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Well I can't say I'm surprised.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This does look like GM will phase out Pontiac. What good is a "performance" brand without any performance cars? Maybe they will replace it with the Dodge Charger & Challenger/Chrysler 300 platform if GM buys Chrysler. What would that mean for the new Camaro though?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the Dodge brand would replace the Pontiac brand. Challenger wouldn't affect Camaro at all. They're radically different cars. Challenger is more comparable to a Buick Riviera than a pony car. Its a true muscle car, a family vehicle with a monster of an engine. The Camaro is a fine tuned affordable V8 sports machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good for GM , start from a clean slate.
      Retain profitable global products and re-build from there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      (DOUBLE POST OMGZ!!!11!)

      I will always argue that this car would've sold more with a bowtie on the hood as an Impala, replacing the horrible FWD Impala. At least that car would deserve the name Impala.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM should quit while they're ahead.
      Seriously-pour all of your money into
      incredible product and then go bankrupt.
      Better than dissapearing anyway with
      less than worthy product.

      Get rid of all Divisions besides
      Pontiac/Holden, Cadillac, and Chevrolet/Opel.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This is depressing news. In person, the car is very nice. Could use a little more work inside but the body is beautiful. If this car is a failure, I really wonder what GM will look like in 10 years. I believe they will still be around but eerily different.

      Also, if this car has to go due to gas mileage, how are other companies going to make due. The mileage on the G8 was not that much worse than many others, particularly a room sedan.

      I am not in the market for a new car, but with 3 kids, I would be very interested in this car as an option. I wish more people looking for a large sedan would just ltake a look.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, they might as well not even bother to bring over the G8 sport truck now. By the time it actually comes out, it'll only have maybe 2 years before it's killed off, along with the regular G8. They won't even generate enough sales to make it worthwhile. Stop throwing good money after bad, GM! Yeesh!
      • 6 Years Ago

      Could this be a sign that they are phasing out the Pontiac division?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd like to think that GM will keep Pontiac around. I've seen one of these on the road and they look very sharp.

        However, in the interest of fuel economy (until GM's entire line of passenger cars is alternative energy) I think RWD on these is a waste. The best selling cars such as Accord, Camry and Altima have FWD, cost less (even loaded) and sell in greater numbers. GM should limit RWD to Cadillacs, Chevy's and Saab's.

        I could be wrong depending upon what market analysis shows but its obvious GM needs to drop some marques and make cutbacks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Flash, the death of Pontiac would be in the name only. GM can still sell these cars under Chevy, that will probably make them more popular.

        The only loser will be G3.....which is AVEO. LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think th're making a mistake.
      they now have a good car that needs very little structural changes for hte next 10 years adn all they'd have to do is bring out a shorter version for a G6 and we have a $25k RWD sedan from Pontiac

      - make AWD available and we have a Subaru competitor

      - the CTS people woudl not even bother to look at Pontiac as they wnt he luxury, so there is no issues here

      of course a small G4 of f hte solstice platform woudl complete the Pontiac line-up.

      that's it, simple 3 cars, from small to medium to large and all they need is to make sure price is low. those of us wnating RWD will take the 1mpg hit anyday to dirve something exciting rather than the camcordtimabu crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think GM has done the right thing. Sports car in American's mind is: has a sporty stance,regardless of FWD or RWD, put in an big old engine to make 0 - 60 time shorter, that's all, they don't know what a handling is and they don't drive to explore the handling of a car, they only know how drive a straight line. so any RWD car for American is a waste. GM has learnt it the hard way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the global RWD platform should be used for Impala as some have suggested above. A range of engines should be provided: the ecotech turbo 4, the DI V6, and V8. A manual should be available with each engine...IMHO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These cars aren't selling well where I am (SF bay area; at least, they're not selling well in the part of it I live in). I've seen one since it was introduced. ONE. If that's the case everywhere to one extent or another, I can see why GM would kill it. BUT. I really, really, really don't believe that that's the solution.

      My opinion is that GM has shot themselves in the foot on this thing. I've seen no TV ads for it, I've heard no radio ads for it, I've seen basically nothing on the internet pushing it. I don't understand this. GM has a car, that according to a number of magazines, can give a 5 series a run for its money in most performance benchmarks, and what do they do? Do they shout from the highest mountains that their $30k sedan will give a BMW costing over $45k a thing or two to think about? Nope. They sit on it. Why, GM? Where is the logic in that?

      And the end result of it is that nobody that I've talked to that's not a car enthusiast even knows that the car exists. If this thing drives as well as it's supposed to, then one test drive ought to be enough to sell a lot of people on it (even if they don't need the car's capabilities, most people in my experience enjoy driving a car that drives well as long as it's comfortable and doesn't beat them up over bumps).

      But to get people into the showroom to test drive it-especially when most of them are sheeple that would normally just go for a Camry or an Accord because that's what everybody else they know drives, and "everybody knows that American cars fall apart"-they need to get their attention. And while GM may have gotten OUR attention with the G8, the vast majority of America, as far as I can tell at least, has no clue that the car even exists. Although on second thought, maybe I shouldn't care so much about that... If nobody knows it exists, I should be able to pick up a 2010 GXP in a few years with some nice discounts on the hood.
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