Fritz Henderson takes over from Lutz at GM, says Pontiac G8 may survive

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    Just when we thought we’d heard the final nail being hammered into the Pontiac G8 coffin by General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson along comes his product chief and throws another possible lifeline to the US version of the Holden Commodore.

    Speaking in an interview with US automotive journal Automotive News, General Motors’ vice chairman of global product planning, Tom Stephens, has said the Pontiac G8 sedan might survive under another GM brand.

    Mr Stephens stepped into former GM product boss Bob Lutz’s rather oversized shoes and now has the task of whipping the company’s somewhat reduced inventory of brands into shape.



    As they are saying the US, Pontiac is toast at the end of the 2010 model year, when it will be closed down, or possibly sold off.

    While some Australian media have been putting forward the idea of the US version of the Commodore being badged as a Chevrolet and sold to police forces, Mr Stephens doesn’t seem to strong on that idea.

    “I know there’s still discussions on it,” said Mr Stephens. “But Chevrolet already has several sedans. How many sedans do you need to cover the waterfront?”


    As Automotive News put it, “The G8, engineered and assembled by GM subsidiary Holden in Australia, has been a bright spot for Pontiac.

    “With little advertising support, the sporty, rear-drive sedan, which starts at US$29,000, has sold well. Some versions have the same V-8 engine as the Chevrolet Corvette.”

    Automotive News says some enthusiasts are lobbying GM to turn the G8 into a Chevrolet Impala SS. The current front-drive Impala SS is being phased out at the end of the 2009 model year.

    The reports also suggest the G8 also could morph into a performance sedan for Buick, one of the GM brands that will survive, which has not had a rear-drive performance car since the mid-1980s.

    Its also been reported that GM Holden in Australia has put a business case to Cadillac in the US for rear-drive models based on short- and long-wheelbase versions of the VE Commodore.
     
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    buick g8 lol
     
  3. Pvt. Joker

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    in for a 2010 buick t-type
     
  4. Mitchj

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    i think they're mad if they think it will sell as a Cadillac

    it will just dilute the brand image.
     
  5. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    Old people wont buy a Buick that goes fast...

    Its not like they are flying off the lots now
     
  6. Mitchj

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    it just needs to be a chevrolet

    the end
     
  7. Mitchj

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    ive never even bothered looking at what buick make

    they build 3 cars that are all shit
     
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    It would work as the new Impala.
     
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    KILL THE CURRENT IMPALA

    BRING THIS FUCKING THING BACK AS AN IMPALA...THE GXP BEING THE SS

    /THREAD

    if they had just listened to that in the first place...
     
  10. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    Whats the big push to save this car, it never was sucessful, just another car with a big V8 that didnt sell?
     
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    uhhh it has a v6 model as well

    and if i recall correctly it has been selling fairly decent considering the shitty times we're in
     
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    it hasnt had a chance...
     
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    You should really make more threads about this chassis.
     
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    I think the new Caddy SRX gets a 300hp turbo 2.8L V6. It's based on that 'global V6' family(and developed by Holden, we know Mitchtj), which also goes up to 3.6L. A turbo 3.6L would make a great T-Type. :naughty:
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    holden will be dead in a few years time (well the australian manufacturing side of it anyway) without a export program
     
  17. Srdjan

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    Just put Pontiac production on hold until the economy eases up. Sales will pick up because everybody recognizes the brand. Why is that so hard?
     
  18. Mitchj

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    :ugh:

    pontiac is gone bro
     
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    this.

    Throwing a LSX in an buick does NOT make it a modern t-type.
     
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    no its not...
     
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    Selling quite well considering the overall market and that the brand is being discontinued.
     
  22. inline4

    inline4 turn that frown upside down

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    shit, the car, theres hella scrapes
    what happened to lutz?
     
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    Good. It deserves to live on.
     
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    Preach on. :h5:

    An LSX will give the car the performance of a T-Type, more or less. The spirit, however, just won't be there.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    only place I ever see a G8 is maybe 1 a week and when I drive by a Pontiac dealer they have a ton of em
     

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