• Nov 16, 2009
The holidays are coming and everything must go! So says GM's VP of sales Susan Docherty. "All of our efforts will be to sell down our remaining 2009 inventory." Docherty is expecting all the 2009 cars to be cleared out by January, 2010. The big sales, starting this week, each get their own names. Chevy is having a "Red Tag Sale," Buick-GMC are going with "Holiday Event" and tip of the top Caddy is using, "Seasons Best."

As it happens, that's right about the time that Pontiac and Saturn are set to wander off into the sunset -- for good. As of right now, there's only about 10,000 Pontiacs and 8,000 Saturns left on dealer lots. "We're actually winding down those products quicker than we had anticipated," said Docherty. Curiously, there's no mention of what GM will be calling the Pontiac and Saturn sales, though "Get 'Em While They're On Fire!" has a certain ring to it.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req. | Image Source: Scott Olson/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't the point of C4C to get rid of the 09 inventory.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes Aznauto I agree, I'm one of those who refused to trade my piece of crap for another overpriced piece of crap!! : ] & Sea Urchin I guess if people had the money to buy a new car it might of worked, but they keep forgetting most people in the US are in no position right now to purchase a new vehicle....they run scared =0 after looking at the sticker prices!! Even their so called sale prices are a joke! I laughed all the way back to my truck & out of the parking lot before one of the vultures could catch me & try to run that "This car is so YOU" line on me!! LOL They just kill me...I guess it still works with some women? & No that comment was not meant to put women down...been there myself years ago! How I ended up w/ the biggest lemon I have ever owned, a Renault Fuego(s/p?)...voted worst car of the year back then! Yea they got me! but I sure looked good in it driving off the lot...as they laughed their a$$es off!! Ahhh, we live and learn!
      Cindy Skeoch
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, purchasing a Toyota is a much better idea. They just want to KILL people with their inferior product, then try to cover it up instead of making it right. Sounds like Toyota is making a bad product, but, of course, AOL never mentions all of the recalls that foreign auto makers have had. We really never heard about this latest mess from Toyota until people were killed. My daughter has a Sante Fe, and has to replace her head lights every 3 months. Does that seem right? I don't think so. Foreign auto makers are no better that domestic auto makers, most of you people are just lemmings that have bought the hype that anything foreign is better than American.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing this won't affect the '10 models, huh? I'm looking to replace my '06 Tacoma Access Cab with a CUV (first kid is due in March). The wife and I really like the Equinox but we want the best deal we can get. Any pointers?
      tpfilm
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pontic & Saturn:

      The GM Good Luck With the Resale, Service and Parts Pontiac/ Saturn sales event.

      AKA: Thanks Suckers Sale


      PS: I know Pontiac and Saturn parts are interchangeable with other GM brands and that the US government will back the warranties if/ when GM decides not to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @tpfilm
        Can you please tell me what other GM products share parts with a Pontiac Vibe, Pontiac Wave, Saturn Astra, or a Saturn Aura?

        Difficult if all you want is GM brands -- however, the Vibe is a Toyota Matrix, the Wave is a Daewoo Kalos (or Chevy Aveo if you must), the Astra is a... well, an Opel Astra (selling well in Mexico). Only the Aura is problematic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @tpfilm
        @ Rich:

        " ... the Vibe is a Toyota Matrix, the Wave is a Daewoo Kalos (or Chevy Aveo if you must), the Astra is a... well, an Opel Astra (selling well in Mexico). Only the Aura is problematic."

        The Aura and the G6 use the same mechanicals as the Malibu.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @tpfilm
        Can you please tell me what other GM products share parts with a Pontiac Vibe, Pontiac Wave, Saturn Astra, or a Saturn Aura?

        While certain high volume parts like brakes or struts will be available for years to come, getting the obscure and model specific little parts could be a nightmare. Even the aftermarket will be hesitant to supply low volume parts like trim pieces.

        I was under the understanding that auto companies had to provide parts for 7 years after a model is discontinued, but have since found that auto companies aren't legislated to carry parts for any of their cars for any length of time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      everytime gas goes up or the economy gets worse they think of sale event. im surprised they havent run out of names for them. are they still doing employee pricing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes YES!!! We need more cars on the road...hurry before they are all gone!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Red Tag Sale" don't they have one of those every 6 months or so? Big Deal, it'll still depreciate it's ass off almost immediately.
        • 5 Years Ago
        depreciates almost as quickly as a luxury car.

        now that's a marketing slogan
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will buy another GM product when GM is no longer managed and beholden to the Obama administration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pontiac/Saturn "Kill it with Fire!" Sale.



      On now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Camaro prices will finally descend from the stratosphere?

      No?

      Thought not...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it mean their incentives will go even higher?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tag line suggestion for Pontiac and Saturn sales

      "Help us Take Out The Trash",

      or "Kick it To The Curb"

      or "Glad You're Gone, Sorry You Stayed So Long".
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Help us Take Out The Trash"

        -a sad, but nice way to put it
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about "Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out."
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