• Apr 14th 2009 at 12:59PM
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2009 Pontiac G3 - Click above for a high-res gallery

In news that will doubtlessly result in a chorus of "We told you so" forehead-slaps from critics who noted the arrival of the Pontiac G3 with disdain, word is that General Motors has a bumper crop of the Korean-built subcompacts sitting on its lots.

How many? According to The Wall Street Journal, nearly a two-year supply at current sales rates. In the course of doing some research, writer Neal Boudette discovered that GM has 3,479 unsold G3 units clogging up its dealers and vacant lots. Combined with the knowledge that dealers sold just 141 units of the car in March (or one unit for every 19 of GM's 2,700 Pontiac stores), that means that GM has a supply of these Chevrolet Aveo5 twins that will last them 617 days, meaning that if the automaker stopped building new units, they would still have a supply that would last them until December 16, 2010.

In all fairness, the G3 just came to market in February, and it often takes some time for a new model to take hold. It could well be that GM is planning a big marketing push for the car, but we've seen no evidence of this thus far, and in these cash-strapped days, it would appear that the General probably has bigger-margin fish to fry.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      I totally agree with MM

      GM - stop listening to your dealers. They obviously don't know what the hell they are doing....

      • 6 Years Ago
      In my city, London, Ontario, Canada, the owner of the Pontiac/Buick/GMC store just bought the Hyundai franchise. What does that tell you?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa I totally forgot this abomination existed. I've yet to see one on the road.

      GM needs to stop listening to its stupid dealerships. They also need to stop badge-engineering for sake of badge-engineering. With crap like this you can see why they're in the financial gutter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I'm telling you, we just change the bumper and the badge, call it a Pontiac and these idiot Americans with blind pride will buy them up!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a revolting little car... Is this the same Pontiac that has the G8?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "It could well be that GM is planning a big marketing push for the car"

      Calling it a 'car' is being overly charitable.

      That said, why anyone would pick this over a Vibe in the next aisle over is completely beyond me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A four year old Vibe would cost the same or a little less, and still be a far better choice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac should kill everything in its lineup except G8 and Solstice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure the Pontiac Vibe can stay.. I prefer the Vibe's styling over Matrix's bland design. But then, it doesn't fit within the 'niche' image. Maybe reintroduce it as a Chevy, perhaps?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It serves GM right for not learning a lesson from its extensive history of rampant badge-engineering.

      I'm not saying they'd do any better if they were Chevy Aveos, but I am saying that all this vehicle does is dilute the Pontiac brand. Sports-car fanatics who see Pontiac as sporty cars are not going to want a Pontiac "sport" econobox, and people who want an econobox aren't going to want or care if their vehicle is a Pontiac.

      If all Pontiac had on its lots were G8s and Solstices, it wouldn't sell any more cars, but at least it would have a recognizable brand image. As it currently is, Pontiac dealers aren't able to sell these cars *and* new vehicles like this will confuse most buyers even more as to what a Pontiac car is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        jgp is right...based on appearance alone the Corsa is light years ahead of the cheap looking G3. If we can see that, why can't GM?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen Luigiian. Just when I though American car companies might be starting to come to their senses, they go and pull another badge happy maneuver.

        Badge engineering is the #1 car company sin in my opinion. It's okay to take a car we don't have here and re-badge it as an American car ala the G8 but I think the G6 and G3 are downright insulting. Either they think no one will notice or no one will care, both options rely on the assumption that consumers are cattle.

        You wanna share platforms? Fine! Do it! But for F sake, change the body! They've been pulling this same bull**** move since I before I was born and while the rest of the world adapts, they continue to falter. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to muster the courage to buy an American car. They've been a joke for too long.

        Ok, maybe I'll buy a Ford Mondeo..... If Ford ever wakes up and lets me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Platform sharing is good. (Lambdas, GMT900's, Epsilon, etc)

      BUT BADGE ENGINEERING IS TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR. Serves GM right. Learn your damn lesson. This is a shame. Aren't you the only company that still does this? Now if you badge engineer a Firebird, you can be forgiven.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But, but I don't understand. The Pontiac Dealers were crying for this car last summer... told GM they needed it, and their customers demanded it!

      Honestly, its the GM Dealer network that is KILLING GM! I hope the New GM tells it's dealers how its going to be like Honda and Toyota does with their dealers.

      • 6 Years Ago
      If gas gets crazy again maybe they'll sell?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Friend has a an Aveo. It is a POS! I told him next time you buy a car you better call me or I'm cutting up your license.
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