BREAKING NEWS ALERT: Pontiac will drop the GTO this year

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  1. Original Sin

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    Pontiac will drop the GTO this year
    DETROIT -- General Motors has told Pontiac dealers that it will discontinue the GTO coupe at the end of this model year. GM will make the last deliveries of the vehicle to dealers by the end of September, sources close to Pontiac say.

    GM will produce 10,000 to 12,000 more GTOs before dropping the nameplate, one source close to the situation says. Last year, Pontiac sold 11,590 GTOs compared to 2004 when it sold 13,569. That's a 14.6 percent drop.

    When Pontiac launched the GTO in 2003, it projected 18,000 annual sales. The vehicle was criticized for bland styling, and some fans of the original GTO complained that it lacked nostalgic styling cues.

    "For the remaining life of the car, it simply wasn't worth the engineering expense or effort to re-certify it as an '07 for a very limited run, when we could continue selling them as '06s," says a source close to GM who is familiar with the program.

    The GTO is built on a rear-wheel drive architecture from GM's Holden division in Australia. The present model is going out of production as GM constructs the new Zeta RWD architecture, says the source. There is no replacement coupe planned at this time and because of the strong Australian and weak U.S. dollar, the GTO had to be priced thousands over where GM originally wanted it -- in the mid-twenties, the source says. "It never did as much volume as we had hoped," the source says.

    The GTO suggested retail price starts at $31,990, including shipping. One GM source says, "the 2005 and 2006 were pretty well sold out, and sales were especially strong in areas of GM weakness, like Southern California. It's a shame it has to go -- for now."

    Another source says that GM has indicated that it would like to have another vehicle in that "space" in the future.

    You may e-mail Jamie LaReau at [email protected]
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  2. Josepi

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    Didn't see that one coming :hsugh:
     
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    anjego Invading your economy!

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  5. Josepi

    Josepi HA HA, I CHANGED MY AV

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    It looked like a damned cavalier. :rofl:
     
  6. mucky

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    Its making way for the Camaro rehash (aka Firebird). :o
     
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    i like them :dunno:

    theres a red one, black one, and yellow one running around here :o
     
  8. krott5333

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    good, what a piece of shit
     
  9. m3 bavaria

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    I said this before it was even produced, and GM sackriders said I was full of shit.

    :rofl: to them.
     
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    that revivial didn't last too long
     
  13. Read more...

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    Not like you deserve much credit for predicting a GM failure :rofl:
     
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    Link to a credible source?
     
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    Well, I guess that's the end of that.
     
  18. The Internet

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    Another GM styling failure takes its course? No way.
     
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    Fact: 98% of people that rip on them have never driven one.
     
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    Thanks for the breaking news :ugh:
     
  21. Inti

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    it was only a matter of time
     
  22. TimzSI

    TimzSI The man you hate to love.

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    i dont know why so much hate for this car. I think the Pontiac name scared a lot of people who buy on resale value, and realized that you lose so much as soon as its off the lot. Still, I think it is a really cool package. A lot of speed and potential for a pretty low starting point, new. I like it better than the new mustang, a good car in its own right that just outsells any competition.
     
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    This has been known for over 2 years already :ugh:

    The car will not pass the 2008 NHTSA crash standards, so it will not be continued past 2007 model year at max.
     
  24. Jake!

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    it will only be gone for a year or so
     
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    They got scared away because they saw that GM couldn't sell them new within $10k of MSRP...
     

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