One kicked things off with a bang; the other faded into obscurity with barely a whimper.
A few weeks after Kia celebrated its first-ever US-built vehicle, Pontiac rolled off its last US-built vehicle – a white G6 sedan – in its assembly plant in Lake Orion, Michigan. And no, there weren’t any screams of delight or champagne bottles opening, but rather a simple and eerily quiet ceremony that painted a clear picture of the what it all meant: the end for Pontiac has come.
There was a stark difference from what we saw a few weeks ago with Kia. This time, a group of employees simply took out their phones to take photos of the G6 as it was rolled out of the assembly line.
No speeches, no cheers, no hugs; just a simple send-off to one of the most iconic car brands in US auto history.
The American muscle car tuner Hurst is preparing a High Output version of the Pontiac G8 and a G6 convertible. The special edition edition GM cars will be limited to a total of 52 units, each one being built by hand.
The H.O. Pontiacs will each recieve their own numbered identification and will feature Hurst’s iconic white/gold and black/gold paint scheme along with a set of forged alloy Hurst wheels, a supercharged engine, high performance suspension mods, a specially trimmed interior and of course a Hurst shifter.
The aftermarket manufacturer will also commemorate Gerorge Hurst’s partner, the Doc, by recreating a modern interpritation of his famous Pace Cars. Only ten HURST/Pontiac G6 convertibles will be built and used as parade and special event vehicles, we couldn’t think of any better duty for a HURST modified muscle car.
The whirlwind of activity surrounding General Motors these days appears to be far from over. The latest piece of news we’ve heard is that GM is discontinuing the Pontiac Vibe , two weeks after it said that it had plans of continuing the car through next year.
It wasn’t that long ago when GM said that of all the Pontiac cars earmarked for 2010 releases, only the Vibe and the G6 would be rolled out with the G6 specifically earmarked only to fleet customers.
Now, it appears that the Vibe won’t even make to September as GM has just confirmed that production of the Vibe will finish this August, with poor sales – down 35% through May – being largely attributed as the culprit regarding the Vibe’s untimely demise.
Pontiac announced today updates for the 2009 G6 family: coupe, sedan and convertible. The Coupe version will be priced at $22,890 (GT coupe starting at $25,280); the convertible at $32,970 and the sedan version from $24,125.
The G6 coupe will be available with GM’s fuel sipping, 164-horsepower 2.4L four-cylinder Ecotec engine with a fuel consumption of 33mpg. The engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Pontiac will also offer: a E85 ethanol-based fuel, a FlexFuel version of the 219-horsepower 3.5L V6 will be available as a no-cost alternative to the standard 3.5L engine on all body styles. E85 ethanol-based fuel is readily available, a FlexFuel version of the 219-horsepower 3.5L V6 will be available as a no-cost alternative to the standard 3.5L engine on all body styles.
The new G6 features a new front fascia, revised headlight design with clear park/turn lenses and amber lamps, body color mirrors and painted rockers on the sedan and coupe. An updated spoiler is available for base model sedans and is standard on the GT models. On the interior there will be a revised center stack featuring the all new HVAC controls and an updated AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with auxiliary audio input jack.
Starting the second half of 2009, Pontiac will offer a new ECOTEC 2.4L VVT four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic standard for the G6 Coupe model.
The engine will produce 164 HP and 156 lb.-ft. of torque.
The G6 will also get a revised front fascia to better match it with its newer brothers; the G8 and Vibe. The driver information center is no longer on the radio; new gauges have been installed with a traditional DIC location.
The 2008 Pontiac G6 portfolio provides an exhilarating family of distinctive, midsize cars that offers something for every driver looking for a powerful and responsive vehicle. The line up includes the base G6 sedan, with its zippy, fuel-efficient Ecotec 2.4L engine; the GT sedan, coupe and convertible – with its top-down styling; and the all-new GXP sedan and coupe, with their aggressive design and output.
Pontiac is going rear wheel drive. Pontiac is currently introducing the new G8, built on the GM Zeta platform which will also be used by the upcoming Chevrolet Impala. But Pontiac’s real big news is the next generation rear wheel drive G6, expected in 2010. It will be built on the Alpha platform, a less expensive variant of Zeta which incorporates elements of the Kappa platform created for the Pontiac Solstice . In fact, Alpha may be GM’s future. It’s expected to support a new generation (...) More
Pontiac G6 sedans are being investigated by U.S. safety regulators because of complaints of a loss of power steering, Bloomberg News reported today. A number of 176.968 vehicles from 2005 and 2006 models are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because of some electronic power steering problems. NHTS received 19 complaints, including two accidents and one injury. The investigation is the Washington-based agency’s first step in its safety review process. (...) More
Pontiac unveiled the GXP.R racecar, which will compete in the GT class of the 2007 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. The GXP.R hits the track running later this month at the famed Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race in Florida.
Pontiac announced new 2008 G6 GXP model at the North American International Auto Show. These high-performance variants join the popular Grand Prix GXP and Solstice GXP models, affirming Pontiac ’s commitment to progressive design and balanced performance.