Americans always says that Canadians are “just like us.” They talk (almost) the same, look slightly paler, and they just happen to use those funny little kilometers per hour instead of the proper miles per hour. After much thought though, it’s the Australians that are most like Americans– especially when it comes down to the shared passion of muscle cars.
The Holden Commodore last made its appearance on our shores in 2009 as the Pontiac G8. It was a big, full-size, four door sedan, complete with an equally big Corvette-sourced V8 engine. What’s not to love about it?
Unfortunately for us, the G8 left our market with the demise of Pontiac in 2010 and we’ve been without our fair share of Australian cars since then. But alas some good news: according to GM Inside News, the Holden Commodore has been confirmed to return to the United States as a 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan.
Even better news follows. GM Inside News also reports that General Motors is considering bringing the Holden Commodore Ute and Commodore SportWagon to our shores as well, as the Chevy El Camino and SportWagon. If these rumors hold any water, we’d expect to see the El Camino the same time we see the SS Sedan and the Sport Wagon released soon thereafter.
For the record, this isn’t the first time these rumors have popped up. Some of you may even remember that we were supposed to get the Commodore Ute back in 2009 as the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck before the economy tanked and it was cancelled. Also in July of the same year, Bob Lutz said that the G8 would be saved and become the Chevrolet Caprice. That also turned out to be untrue although the Commodore’s big brother, the Statesman went on to become the new Caprice PPV.
While there is hope for these awesome Aussies on our shores, we’ll have to wait to believe it when we see it.
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.
Goodbye, Pontiac. ‘Twas nice meeting you.
Pontiac will shut down as soon as the calendar turns to 2010 so if you’re the sentimental type and would hate to see Pontiac ride off into the sunset, now’s the time to buy your own Pontiac before stocks run out.
According to Pontiac’s Twitter page, the car brand has a little over 3,600 units left in the US with the Pontiac G8 GXP having the most limited of supplies with only 16 remaining. Stocks of the Pontiac Solstice are also running low with only 139 of the base model still remaining and 160 of the higher-end Solstice GXP coupes available.
We normally wouldn’t advise anyone to purchase a car, but if you’re a Pontiac fan, now’s your last chance to buy your favorite car before, well, supplies go kapoot.
Maybe now Bob Lutz has learned a lesson about making promises he can’t keep. It wasn’t that long ago when the high-ranking GM official talked to Automobile Magazine and all but guaranteed that the Pontiac G8 would be spared from the chopping blocks and be re-christened as the Chevrolet Caprice.
Lutz’ declaration was met with raised eyebrows, especially those coming from GM CEO Fritz Henderson who previously said that the G8 – and all subsequent Pontiac models – would cease to exist by the end of the year. Turns out that Lutz may have bitten off more than he could chew and in a recent entry on GM’s blog took back his proclamations and said that upon further review, the supposed G8-turned-Caprice wouldn’t make too much sense given the unstable state of the US auto industry.
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The sad demise of Pontiac is a true American tragedy, not just because the brand is associated with everything that is American, but because it could’ve been salvaged if it’s parent company, General Motors, was in a strong financial position.
Unfortunately, the economic crisis laid waste to the auto industry and obviously, there were some casualties, with Pontiac being one of them. It’s a pity because the brand was on the verge of coming out with a number of vehicles that could’ve easily been successful if there was just enough support given to them. One of the vehicles that Pontiac launched amid much fanfare was the G8 Sports Truck, which was unveiled at the 2008 New York Auto Show.
Pontiac had stirred up excitement with a marketing program that asked consumers to name the future the Americanized version of the popular Holden Ute from GM Australia. The doomed automaker had a few fun offerings in the works, but just couldn’t get them into showrooms fast enough. What could have been had General Motors had more time and financial resources?
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For those who know their American car history, they would know that the name ‘Pontiac’ is synonymous to ‘American original’.
For over 80 years, Pontiac has been responsible for producing some of the most iconic vehicles in the US, responsible for the likes of the Bonneville, the GTO, the Grand-Am, and the Firebird. But while Pontiac has enjoyed a remarkable run, spanning generations of Americans, the road has finally come to an end for Pontiac.
And as soon as the last production Pontiac vehicle - thePontiac Solstice – rolls out of the plant, Pontiac’s doors will now forever be closed.
As the end draws near for one of America’s most iconic cars, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance is doing its part to ensure that Pontiac does not ride off into the sunset in relative anonymity. As such, the organization is arranging a two-day extravaganza to celebrate the irrepressible legacy of the car that has captured the imagination of America in its 83-year run.
The two-day event will be held on September 12 and 13 at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Westport, Connecticut. The main thrust of the event is to pay homage to the Pontiac Brand through a wide-ranging display of the most significant and iconic Pontiac models in history.
RIP Pontiac. General Motors announced today that Pontiac will not live to see its 85th birthday.
GM’s original plans for Pontiac were for it to become a niche brand under its new viability plan. Now the cuts have gone deeper, and Pontiac is completely cut off. All fans of GM’s performance division can do now is hope for a revival sometime in the future.
This will be a quick death. GM announced “The Pontiac brand will be phased out by the end of 2010”, which is the equivalent of a fire sale in the automotive world. But Pontiac is not the only one to be hurried out the door. The revised plan moves up the “resolution” of Saab, Saturn, and Hummer to the end of 2009, “at the latest”.
There is no word about if any of Pontiac’s car will be absorbed into other lines. The only cars that are unique to Pontiac in the U.S. are the G8 and Vibe. Disposing of the G8 should be as easy a stopping the boats from Australia, but the Vibe, which is joint venture with Toyota, may be harder to untangle.
Motor Trend seems to have blown it.
MT gleefully and with much pizzaz reported that it had scooped everyone, and that Chevrolet – NOT PONTIAC – would be getting the rear wheel drive alpha platform car, the proverbial BMW-fighter.
The Motor Trend report has been shot down by none other that Mr. Lutz, as in Robert Lutz, as in the top man at GM’s product side.
A member of the CheersandGears.com website e-mailed Lutz after the report came out, asking him of it were true that Chevy and (...)
Earlier this week, TopSpeed.com was graciously invited by GM to attend a press event on their famous Detroit test track ’Milford Proving Ground’. In the morning, we completed the safe driving program and test drove several GM vehicles. Later on, we met up for dinner with several other car bloggers and GM’s general manager, Edward J. Peper. Below are the highlights of the event.
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One is losing ground in the market while the other is gaining.
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Solstice sales are down 19% in the first half of this year. On the other hand, dealers are scrambling to get the Sky, GM has only a month’s supply in stock, and customers are having to wait to get one.
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