• Jan 16, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of what would have been the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST

Remember when the Pontiac G8 ST had just been announced for production and General Motors had not yet chosen a name for its new not-a-camino? A contest was held, a winner was chosen and the Poncho sport truck got the ST suffix officially added to its base G8-derived name. Joseph Warren, the winner of the naming contest, was granted a G8 ST as his prize for picking the right (and seemingly rather obvious) name, but since that particular piece of sport-truckery has now officially been scrapped, he had to pick something else. His choice? A fresh new Pontiac Torrent GXP. Really, we're not making that up. His only direction was that it had to be priced equal to or less than what the ST would have sold for. He could be parking a desirable G8 GT in his driveway, but perhaps the Torrent's CUV bodystyle is a better fit for Mr. Warren's life. Your mileage may vary.


[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 23 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      why is everybody giving this guy such a hard time. he won the contest, the gets to choose a replacement. so he chose a torrent gxp? big deal. how many of you have actually driven one? it's not the worst thing out there. would i have picked it? no, but then again i didn't win, so it doesn't really matter what i would have chosen, no does.

      everybody just needs to shut it and let this guy enjoy his new ride.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would have gotten a good lawyer and ended up with a G8 ST concept sitting in my driveway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The company that was running the contest for Pontiac RANDOMLY chose the winner. It didn't matter if you picked the winning name or not. I knew this going in and still submitted around 60 names. My personal favorite name would have been the "Sphinx"

      I am PISSED that Pontiac killed the ST. I have been waiting forever for GM to bring the Ute to the US from Holden Australia. I have been contacting GM and Pontiac literally every 6 months since I started driving, to beg them to make them available here. GM already makes this vehicle, why won't they sell them here? I guess I'll have to smuggle one in.

      Anyway, to any ad executives reading this, if you run a contest to name something, at least pick the first person to submit the winning name, not some random guy who might as well have submitted "El Camino"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a theory - since he choose the name GM originally did, he's a non existant person. He "chose" the Torrent to boost it's image...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe he really wanted a wagon or something with more utility like that.

      I thought it was stupid for Pontiac to sell this vehicle, give it to Chevy or GMC, not Pontiac. They should have brought over the wagon of this model, I understand it would not sell in high numbers like the sedan (which hasn't really moved either) but it would have fit better in the Pontiac lineup. I don't remember Pontiac selling a pickup in its history but I do remember them selling a Wagon (I think it was called the 6000 something).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac is done..........the G8 is a total flop.........decent car but nobody is buying it......the Torrent is cancelled.....poor sales............G5, G3, G6, what do we need all these for.Montana is gone........Holy crap.......how do these guys still have jobs.......when I get to be president things will be different, I could fix it yet today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      What else do you expect from a guy who'd rather call a ElCamino an ST?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What an idiot, wasn't this supposed to be the same price as a G8?
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's funny because when I read the title I said really? Then the next line down they said really we're not making this up. I guess I'm not the only one who thinks this is not a great idea...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't you mean Solstice GXP...oh wait...whatever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Torrent GXP is a piece of crap...but hey the G8 ST wasn't much to write home about either so....enjoy that Pontiac while you can.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He should have told GM to import the Commodore VE Ute SS.
    • Load More Comments