Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pontiac Shake-up?

GMInsideNews is reporting today that GM has canceled development of the next-generation front wheel drive Pontiac G6, which was to be based on the upcoming Epsilon II platform, and will instead be replacing the G6 with a similarly-sized RWD performance car, similar in size and scope to the BMW 3-series (though the 3-series is pretty small; definitely smaller than the current G6).

The other part of the tentative plan is to introduce a RWD compact car called the G4, which would replace the rebadged Chevy Cobalt known as the G5. If produced, the G4 is likely to be available in both sedan and coupe form and may ride on a modified version of the Kappa platform, which underpins the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn SKY roadsters.

Finally, a Pontiac G8 concept, likely based on the Holden VE Commodore (shown), will make its debut at the January NAIAS. This car will likely replace the now-departed Bonneville and the soon-departed Grand Prix.

There's a disclaimer that the above information is all based on rumors, so some or all of it may not come true, but it's still neat to think about.

If a Pontiac sedan based on the VE Commodore was available in the US, and it could get 25 mpg on the highway with a V8, I'd definitely be interested!

1 comment:

mkaresh said...

Somehow the impact of these decisions hasn't sunk in with me yet. I've been wanting someone to offer an affordable RWD compact sedan (and hopefully wagon as well) for years.

With GM, I suppose I want to see the car before I start to really believe it's happening.