25 April 2009
Pontiac really going the way of Oldsmobile?
Pontiac is the #3 selling GM brand, behind Chevy and GMC. GM markets Pontiac as the "excitement" brand. i think the Solstice is not a bad looking car, especially the coupe (the first time i saw one on the road, i thought it was a Lotus [well, it *was* from a distance]).
Saab sold 21k vehicles last year, and Hummer just a few more. I couldn't even name a Buick model. Regal? do they even still make those? (for their sake, I hope not).
i've never owned a Pontiac, and never really intended to, but i think this is a mistake. what does GM have left that captures imaginations? Corvette and Hummer come to mind, but nothing else does. that's 2 models across 8 brands. pathetic.
i hear rumor that GM may keep Pontiac for niche models; maybe that's not a bad idea. the Dodge Challenger and, errr, the other one that starts with a C, seem to be popular updated versions. perhaps Pontiac should do a proper GTO. not the Buick-like one they did a couple years ago, but a proper job.