Saturday, 25 October 2008

GM Pontiac axes RWD G8 (U.S)

After acknowledging that there will be no replacement for the Solstice roadster, Pontiac looks like it will lose a little more excitement when the rear wheel drive G8 sedan goes out of production in about five years' time.

According to sources, Pontiac will not get a version of the next rear drive platform that underpins the Australian Holden Commodore. This move is indicative of a fundamental switch in direction for Pontiac, the General Motors division that just a few years ago was envisioned by Bob Lutz to be the American BMW. The deaths of the Solstice and the eventual discontinuation of the next-generation G8 will leave Pontiac with zero rear wheel drive vehicles.

Pontiac already sells the G5, a Chevrolet Cobalt with the excitement treatment and soon will begin selling a version of the supermini Chevrolet Aveo called the G3.

Limited corporate resources and fear of rising fuel economy standards look to be the prime drivers in the return of Pontiac to the badge-engineering days. Those limited funds might also explain why the midsize G6 sedan won't be substantially updated (to match the level of refinement of the recently revamped Chevy Malibu) for about another five years


Joern said...

Horrible scenario. The Aveo as a Pontiac G3 - funny. The G6 for five more years with no real changes - frightening. No RWD for any Pontiac - horible.

What´s the use of Pontiac, then? Why not be courageous enough to kill the brand right here and now? I guess there is no need for another badge engineered car brand in the US. Oh wait: anywhere around the world. It´s a sad story.

Laguna said...

I was thinking on similar lines aswell. Whats the point of Pontiac unless, it is brought into Europe with fresh car designs...?

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