• Aug 19, 2009
The ill-fated Pontiac G8 ST - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's sad enough that the dizzying, platform-sharing, don't-call-it-rebadging upcoming product extravaganza General Motors unveiled to the Twitterati and media last week did not include the terms Zeta, Pontiac, G8, or any derivative thereof, but if a new report out of Australia is accurate, Holden is about to pour salt in America's wound – with an iodine chaser. Carsales.com.au claims to have an internal Holden memo stating that our friends Down Under will not only be able to purchase a Pontiac G8 SS-V sedan, but Wagon and Ute variants as well. (SS-V is the equivalent trim level to the U.S.-market G8 GT.)

These final Pontiac G8s will reportedly be offered through Holden dealerships (natch) as special limited-edition models. The reason? Simple: a final run of G8s made specifically for the Aussies will allow Holden to clean out some of the remaining Pontiac G8 part stock it currently has sitting around with nowhere to go. Dealer sources told Carsales.com.au that they expect the total run to be in the neighborhood of 1,500 cars, with the breakdown split fairly evenly among the three body styles.

Pontiac G8: the car that didn't deserve to die, that no one wants to see die, and that, so far, refuses to die quietly. Thanks to Stephen for the tip.



[Source: Carsales.com.au]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd still pay full sticker price for a Pontiac G8 ST (or the Chevy, Buick, GMC or Caddy equivalent if they ever produced the vehicle). Something about a modern-day El Camino resonates well with me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is totally stupid for letting this car die. There is very little cost involved in selling this car as a Chevy and the demand is there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Only thing that bugs me is the huge, non-navigation screen

        Why?!"

        The position/angle of the screen does not meet US regulatory requirements. There are aftermarket components that allow the screen to be used to play video, show a feed form a backup camera, and add GPS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If all the G8 lovers on the internet spoke with their pockets in 2008 instead of their keyboards, then the G8 would probably have lived on. As it is, the G8 is selling only at fire sale prices.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, think of it this way - they're refusing to keep the import program going because it's unprofitable (I which I could underline this 20 times, it may have been bailed out and all but it's STILL a business) - so instead they're using the extra parts they had to make money with it. I'm personally happier with them wanting to bring in cash to pay us back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My friend's 09 G8 GT, black exterior with black leather and red accents is a beautiful car. Incredible acceleration, unstoppable power, well-appointed interior and a gorgeous car.

        Only thing that bugs me is the huge, non-navigation screen.

        Why?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fire sale prices? You sure? Because there are already a couple on the used market over here, and they barely depreciated. I'm talking about 30-40K+ here, which is about what they retail for. :| The base V6 presently retails for 24K excluding delivery and taxes.

        I guess it became desirable?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think one of the Pontiac g8 major problems was the credit market crash... My coworker try to buy a 2008 G8 in sept 08 and was turn down for a loan by 7 banks. He has a score of 710 and was going to put 3000 down with rebates as well. He been at the same job for 12 years and was turn down. I would like to know how many pontiac g8 could had been sold had it came out in 2005 and not 08 .. I would had not bought it myself but I do believe the g8 had a market but was stuck in a no credit crunh and 4 dollar gas prices..

















        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it did come out at the perfectly wrong time. This car is an instant classic. Buy one, keep the miles low, and wait for this to be a collector.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is so sad to see how a once great brand of vehicles is just fading away piece by piece. I hate to see Pontiac it end like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is insult to injury!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there are more people who like this car than were willing to buy it.

      Makes a good marketing study of what happens when you try to sell a premium car under a non-premium brand. At the end of the day, when you're done de-featuring the car to meet a price point and the brand is questionable to begin with, who is the the customer? Folks to trading in their BMWs & Audis or folks stepping up from their G3s?
      • 5 Years Ago
      And how are they selling LHD cars to the RHD market?

      Or are they just using up the last of the badges and front fascias?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Australian law demands that all vehicles sold be RHD, so I'm not sure what exactly is happening.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And how are they selling LHD cars to the RHD market?"

        Australia is the only RHD country which demands that only RHD vehicles be used on public highways. In all others, LHD cars can be legally sold and driven, although it can affect insurance premiums and almost always accelerates depreciation rates.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's going to be a badge/fascia deal for sure. So easy for them to do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "My beef with the article was that they wrote it like the left over G8's will be sold locally - which is not really true. Its just the bumpers/hoods and the pontiac badges will be applied to some Commodores so they don't have to junk the built up stock."

        Which is all the G8 ever was. So I don't see your "beef".
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Timboj I realize that. I was at the plant in Elizabeth, the port in Adelaide, and drove some HSV cars at the proving grounds in Lang Lang.

        My beef with the article was that they wrote it like the left over G8's will be sold locally - which is not really true. Its just the bumpers/hoods and the pontiac badges will be applied to some Commodores so they don't have to junk the built up stock.

        And I've been in a LHD Buick (China) in Melbourne, of course it had a "LHD Test Vehicle" sticker on the back bumper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, they didn't really go into enough detail, but open to interpretation, I spose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Guys, guys. They're manufactured as RHD cars. That's what a Commodore is. You guys were getting the special, LHDs for the G8s manufactured here and then shipped over to the States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just thought the article should have pointed that out more. Its more about using up a warehouse full of G8 bumpers and hoods than anything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What are you guys retarded?!
      The Holden Commodore (Pontiac G8) was developed, built and made FOR AUSTRALIANS, then re-badged and made uglier (for some stupid reason) for you Americans. OF COURSE ITS AVAILABLE HERE. And there is a ute version because Australia is the birthplace of the ute and there is a wagon version because there has always been a wagon version of the commodore here.
      GM is RETARDED for killing off the import to america (for another stupid reason) because the Holden is A LOT better than most of the crap you guys have to put up with over there. We're even getting some new Direct Injection V6's from the Cadillac CTS here soon. A 3.0ltr and a 3.6ltr version, with ~200kW/300Nm (3.0) and ~225kW/370Nm (3.6) with 6 speed gearboxes AS STANDARD across the range.
      This has been announced from holden and will arrive late this year with a face-lift model coming in Q1/2 2010.
      I really hope GM america changes its mind and keeps the commodore in whatever badging for you guys to enjoy
      • 5 Years Ago
      They did the same thing with the Monaro, Holdend used the remaining Pontiac GTO bumpers and bonnets and other bits on the Australian car so they didn't waste any parts that wouldn't be sold otherwise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That should be "Holden" not "Holdend"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      why would they even import a Pontiac G8 to Australia anyways? Isn't it basically a Holden? We already have them over here in Australia. Is GM stupid? no wonder why they are bankrupt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No GM isn't stupid. They wont be importing them since the Pontiac GTO and the G8 were built in South Australia. The same with the Export Chevy and Vauxhall versions. They have a sh*t load of extra bumpers for a car that's not being made anymore - that fit on a car that is still being produced. Instead of throwing them away - its a "special edition".
      • 5 Years Ago
      [bursts out sobbing]
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