• Jun 8, 2009
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The brand's demise next year will mark the end of the Pontiac G8, but there's a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for the Aussie-built sports sedan. Speaking with Automotive News, Tom Stephens, General Motors' vice chairman of global product development, said "there's still discussions on" resurrecting the G8, "but Chevrolet already has several sedans. How many sedans do you need to cover the waterfront?"

His comments don't imbue us with much hope for the G8's future, particularly after GM CEO Fritz Henderson has clearly stated that no Pontiac models will live on within the "new" GM. Although there's a groundswell of enthusiast support for the General to replace the Impala SS – due to be killed next year – with the G8, or possibly offer the rear-wheel drive sedan as a Buick model, the idea doesn't seem to be gaining traction within the automaker.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I was watching motorweek and they tested the new slp firehawk g8, while i like the gxp version, the firehawk was badass performing and looked awesome.

      I really hope the G8 can be salvaged somehow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car waould make one cool Impala.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM shouldn't waste this thing. It would make an excellent Lucerne/Park Avenue/whatever.

      Slightly larger dimensionally, give it the exterior/interior treatments of new Buicks, the 3.6DI and the 6.0L plus the 6.2L for a Super, and ..... ding!

      And/or keep the G8's size but give it Malibu-like levels of style and quality, plus replace the 3.6L with the 3.6DI, add a cheaper 3.0DI model, 6-speed autos across the board, and again ..... ding!

      And don't forget the possibility of Cadillac's STS/DTS replacement being FWD-based too.
      mka
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, isn't this guy Henderson gone soon as well??? Allan Mulally is gonna have an easy time of this... Sounds like the "New GM" is surprisingly like the "Old GM" just with DRASTICALLY less product. Cutting the legs (wheels?) out from under a good car. If the lights ever go out at Bowling Green, (the Corvette plant) they can just shutter the whole mess. "Chevy Truck" That's an oxymoron all on it's own. They systematically kill off every major nameplate at Pontiac during the past 10 years, mismanaging the brand into obscurity with their Proctor and Gamble MBA's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this could relieve the stranglehold Ford has on the cop car business, it could be viable. Current volume, now that the tooling's done, as an addon to the Holden production as a surviving name brand would be a natural. As a Pontiac, a stake's been driven through its heart.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mr. ed:

        I saw something (probably here), about the G8 being considered as a cop cruiser in the US. They already use it as one elsewhere - and not just Australia.

        The thing is that the G8 is a much more expensive car to produce than the uh... classic (ancient) Panther chassis. Panthers are also cheap and easy to service. I wouldn't be surprised if the Charger (while more expensive than a CVPI), is significantly cheaper than a G8, as well.

        It would be really cool to see G8s in police livery, but Malibus are more than enough for most police work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please:
      Impala RWD;
      Thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car would sell better without the hoodvents and terrible pontiac styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The G8 is a great car, but I actually did something that almost none of the other commenters did... I bought one (a green-blue GT). If that wasn't enough, I bought a black GXP, too. In the end, market demand and line profitability drive product creation and cancellation.

      When you have a car with as low sales volume as a G8, it really comes down to margin. Unfortunately, the margin on the imported G8 (except a few parts) is so low that the thing is a loss leader. A post talked about upping the interior quality (I have never had a complaint about it, though), but that increases the cost. Another post mentioned making it a Buick, but I'm guessing that Buick buyers would probably want a nav system as an available option. That would require a BIG center stack change, since the current configuration can't support a US reg nav system (thought it's fine everywhere else in the world). Again, that's pumping up the cost.

      I hope the G8 lives on in the US (in some form), but it doesn't seem like a very smart business decision. Oddly sales were up last month, while production had already been slashed to nearly nothing... but the volume was still meager.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sean,

        The GT is much more fun if you get a CAI and a tune (fuel maps and torque management). Removing the TM makes a huge difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dump any make/model that is made in canada or aussieland.
      Most of GM quality issues all stem back to both of those low life countries.
      About time they support themselves and quit living off the USA taxpayers.

      Buy American and while at it, screw the riceball and eurosnob nameplates as the junkers they are.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "those low life countries"...

        Normally I don't stop to feed the trolls, but you do realise that America doesn't just import cars from Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe etc, but it exports VAST quantities of goods and services to them as well?

        Those goods and services bring in dollars and provide jobs for countless thousands of Americans.

        If you refuse to buy from other countries they ain't going to be buying from you. And that means more jobs losses for your friends, your family, and maybe even you yourself.

      • 5 Years Ago
      G8 should be continued of course, but without the stupid hood scoops. RWD is something you GM should have in your CAR portfolio if you care about cars anymore, and please give up on over-wrought styling and chrome everything. I gave up on you GM when you doubled-down on trucks and SUVs, but would return with the right car products.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So much for the new and improved GM.

      Sad. It's a really good car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm crossing my finger in hope that GM is doing the right thing here. They shouldn't announce anything until Pontiac is gone, and hopefully sell as many G8s as they can. Who would by from doomed Pontiac if you knew the same car was coming as a Chevrolet?

      Meanwhile they are giving the G8 the attention it deserves, and giving it the Camaro. treatment. Refreshing the interior/exterior with the retro futuristic look of Impalas of yore. While updating engines from the Camaro.

      Then in a year or two we see a concept for a Zeta based Impala blowing people away at autoshows like the Camaro did a few years ago.
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