Pontiac's recently-introduced halo car, the GTO, has displayed sluggish sales so far in its short lifespan, with only slightly less than 2,500 units moved so far this year. A number of factors have apparently contributed to the low numbers: it was released during the winter, when high hp rear wheel drive sports cars can be downright dangerous to drive, few sales incentives are being offered to offset the car's relatively high sticker price of $33,495, and many are calling the GTO's styling too conservative. Blame it on the Aussies, perhaps, as this blandness is actually derivative in this case—the GTO is largely based on the Holden Monaro, an Australia-only model.

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