Not So Fast: GM Not Sold on Pontiac G8 as a Chevy

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Buzz around the internet the past 24 hours has made it sound like GM had decided to save its Pontiac G8 rear-wheel-drive sport sedan by remaking it as a Chevy and calling it the Caprice.

However, the company says it’s only exploring that as an option, and we’ve confirmed with GM that this is indeed just a possibility, not a definite product plan. In fact, the company had a canned answer ready to go: “As part of its reinvention, General Motors is exploring every opportunity of effectively utilizing its global portfolio of vehicles, facilities and talent. While this exploration includes the possibility of extending imports of Holden vehicles (such as the recent Pontiac G8) to North America, no decision has been made at this time.”

The thinking behind such a move is two-fold: GM would like to have a car it could sell to fleets as police squad cars, and it would also like a larger sedan in its lineup that is more modern than the still strong-selling Impala, which is itself in need of a redesign.

By David Thomas | July 14, 2009 | Comments (9)

GM 72-Hour Sale: 0% for 72 Months

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Maybe GM’s math skills got them into the trouble they’re in. Their just announced 72-hour sale starts today and runs through July 6, which is 144 hours by our count. Maybe they wanted to tie the sale name in with the sale terms, namely 0% financing for 72 months on select models for those buyers who qualify.

Included 2009 and 2010 models in the 0% for 72-months term are: Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra regular, extended and crew cab light-duty pickups; Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs; Chevrolet Impala; and the Pontiac Vibe, G3, G5, G6 and G8.

Other models have separate incentives you can find here.

By David Thomas | July 1, 2009 | Comments (14)

What the End of Pontiac Means To You

Pontiacemblem Today GM announced it would stop producing new Pontiac models by the end of 2010. This is the end of an era for the once-proud performance brand, but it also leaves a lot of questions for car shoppers and Pontiac owners.

We talked to Jim Hopson, Pontiac’s manager of communications, this morning to clarify GM’s statement. He said that Pontiac will continue to operate normally even with today’s announcement. All warranty work will be completed as usual; any new Pontiacs sold will have the same full warranty they did last week, one which has the backing of the U.S. government. The government's backing is to help ensure consumers that its safe to still purchase new GM cars while the company seeks to restructure. Only cars purchased through May get the government-backed warranty.

GM will continue to make parts for Pontiac models indefinitely and most Pontiac dealers also sell the Buick and GMC brands and will continue to operate. The automaker still produces replacement parts for the defunct Oldsmobile, which GM shuttered in 2004.

What Hopson couldn’t say was when certain models would be phased out.

The current Pontiac lineup reads as follows, including how many days of inventory was sitting on lots as of April 1.

  • Pontiac G3: 617 days of inventory
  • Pontiac G5: 443 days of inventory
  • Pontiac G6: 83 days of inventory
  • Pontiac G8: 92 days of inventory
  • Pontiac Solstice: 276 days of inventory
  • Pontiac Vibe: 149 days of inventory
  • Pontiac Torrent: 99 days of inventory

The national average for all brands is 83 days of inventory.

We detail specific information on Pontiac models below.

By David Thomas | April 27, 2009 | Comments (43)

Pontiac, Dodge Extend Cash-Back Offers on G8, Charger

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Last month, we marveled that you could get 400 hp at a discount price, with both the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Pontiac G8 GXP getting healthy incentive deals. Now, Pontiac is extending its $3,000 cash-back offer on the G8, G8 GT and G8 GXP through April 30.

Dodge is now showing $2,500 cash back, versus March’s $3,000, on the Dodge Charger SRT8, with an employee price of $36,845. Unfortunately, Dodge’s site doesn’t list any date for the deal to end.

Earlier this week, GM announced an added Total Confidence assurance plan to any new-car purchase that will cover up to nine months of payments if you lose your job, as well as cover lost equity when you trade in your car for a new GM down the road. Pontiac sold almost 3,000 G8s last month, a record for the model released in March of 2008.

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400 hp for $35,000: Pontiac G8 GXP, Dodge Charger SRT8 Incentives

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By David Thomas | April 2, 2009 | Comments (0)

400 hp for $35,000: Pontiac G8 GXP, Dodge Charger SRT8 Incentives

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If you’re a muscle-car fan or just want a large sedan with a ridiculous amount of horsepower, this may be the perfect month to buy a new car. Two of the most powerful sedans on the market — the Pontiac G8 GXP and the Dodge Charger SRT8, with 415 hp and 425 hp, respectively — have impressive discounts that make them more attractive in tough times.

Granted, the folks buying these cars probably have a solid financial footing, but everyone likes to save money. The 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP was just released, at probably the worst time in history for a car of its type, but its starting price of $37,610 gets $3,000 in cash-back offers or various 0% financing options, depending on where you live, through March 31. However, the company doesn’t include the car’s $1,700 gas-guzzler tax in its pricing. With that, you’re looking at $36,310.

The 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8 may be a few years old in development time, but it still packs a big punch for $38,970. Dodge does include the gas-guzzler tax, along with a $750 destination charge, in its Employee Pricing sale price, bringing the original MSRP of $41,120 down to $37,516 before cash-back offers. In most areas, there’s a $2,000 cash-back bonus, plus another $1,000 cash back if you finance through Chrysler Financial. Yes, that’s $34,516 for 425 hp. Chrysler’s Employee Pricing sale has been extended through March 31.

Make sure to check the manufacturers’ websites to find deals for your region, as offers do vary, sometimes by county. Also check Cars.com’s own incentives page here.

By David Thomas | March 5, 2009 | Comments (46)

2010 Pontiac G8 ST Likely DOA

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PickupTrucks.com is reporting that Pontiac’s planned sport truck, the G8 ST, based on the G8 sedan, has been killed; it will not go on sale this year as originally planned, and it seems unlikely it will ever go on sale in the U.S.

An enthusiast and journalist favorite, it’s likely the ST would sell less than the sedan version, which isn’t exactly a top-seller. Last month, the G8 sedan sold 1,479 units. That’s more than the new Hyundai Genesis’ 1,040, but far less than the Dodge Charger’s 5,414 units, which was down 51% from the same month in 2007.

We’re still waiting on official confirmation from GM, but Mike Levine, editor of PickupTrucks.com, is reporting the news from reliable sources.

More on the Pontiac G8

By David Thomas | January 6, 2009 | Comments (7)

Pontiac G8 GXP Priced Under $40K

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The 402-hp 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP finally has a price tag, and it’s going to give established performance sedans a run for their money. At $37,610, the GXP is more than $1,000 cheaper than a comparable Dodge Charger SRT8. It will go on sale in February 2009.

That money will buy you the most powerful Pontiac ever, with a 402-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 and 402 pounds-feet of torque. The car comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, but it’s also available with a six-speed manual for an additional $695.

If you think the 361-hp, $31,555 G8 GT already packs enough ponies under the hood, remember there’s more to the GXP than added horsepower. Underneath the unimposing exterior lies a track-tuned suspension and steering, massive Brembo brakes, and a unique interior.

If you plop down the dough for this Poncho, you’ll also have to cough up $1,700 in gas-guzzler taxes. Add in destination and you’ll still pay less than 40 grand for the GXP, but just barely: $39,995.

Some people have called the GXP a BMW M5 killer, and while we have yet to test that claim, the GXP is such a bargain you could buy a GXP for you and a friend and still pay less than you would for one M5.

By Colin Bird | December 18, 2008 | Comments (5)

Reader Review of the Week: 2009 Pontiac G8

Reader Review "Grand Prix No More" from Maryland explains how the 2009 Pontiac G8 allowed him to get over his love for the retired Grand Prix. Although he points out a few minor gripes, he maintains that the Pontiac G8 was a pleasantly surprising purchase and a lot of fun to take out on the road. Read his full review after the jump, and if you have your own review, submit it here.

By Stephen Markley | October 10, 2008 | Comments (2)

Pontiac G8 GXP Finds More Power

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Since last season’s auto shows, actual power ratings have been released for the new Corvette ZR1 and Cadillac CTS-V, revealing more power than GM’s own conservative estimates. The same has now happened for the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP. Originally shown at the 2008

New York auto show with an estimated 402 hp and 402 pounds-feet of torque, the car now has received a certified rating of 415 hp and 415 pounds-feet of torque, which is 3% more power than was initially quoted. Enthusiasts everywhere will likely be excited when it goes on sale later this year, but we wonder if the slow-selling G8 will see any halo effect from this high-powered version entering the lineup.

Via GM Inside News  

By Colin Bird | September 8, 2008 | Comments (4)

GMC, Pontiac, Buick Employee Pricing Discounts

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Next up in our series of GM employee pricing sale posts are GMC, Pontiac and Buick. As usual, the biggest savings are available on trucks and SUVs, including deals like nearly $10,000 discounts on Sierra models, or the nearly $5,000 that’s available on the popular GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave three-row crossovers.

Even though the discount isn’t as big, the all-new 2009 Pontiac Vibe gets almost 10% off, which should definitely give it a leg up in the competitive hatchback segment. Mike Hanley recently reviewed the new Vibe here. Pontiac’s all-new G8 sedan is also getting healthy discounts, as it hasn’t sold nearly as well as expected.

See below for a list of deals. They represent only a tiny sampling of the trim levels available at GM’s site, so be sure to visit it for the exact trim level and zip code you need.

By Eamonn Brennan | August 20, 2008 | Comments (5)

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