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The Straight Story On The G6 'Vert From C&G

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G6 Not Cancelled; New Pontiac Model Yet To Come


Is it on? Is it off? It was obviously pulled from Pontiacs web-site which was pointed out by C&G member Bimmer325 late last night in a story first reported by C&G (G6 Convertible Canned?). After doing a little bit of research I was able to get in contact with key Pontiac Media Relations Manager Jim Hopson.

Mr. Hopson was able to answer a few questions on the reasons why the G6 has been pulled from Pontiacs web-site, and was also able to keep us stoked heading into this years show scene.

In our roughly 15 minute phone conversation we were able to cover quite a few topics, and Mr. Hopson was happy to point out the success of the GTO in Los Angeles, California which is the GTO’s biggest market. Also pointing out that 45% of GTO sales are that of conquest buyers, or buyers that have traded in or owned a vehicle from a different manufacturer.

Without getting off topic on my initial questions: “Should we be concerned at the removal of the hard-top G6 convertible from Pontiacs mention?” I’m happy to report that the G6 ‘vert is still being planned for production, and that the information was removed so Pontiac could construct a site promoting the launch of the vehicle. Sort of as a way to promote the G6 ‘vert separately from the rest of the G6 line-up.

The G6 ‘vert should see a starting price of roughly $30k for a nicely equipped model, and should come nowhere near $40k for a completely loaded hard-top G6(Note: No pricing is official from Pontiac or General Motors). Pretty impressive in today’s market for a convertible of this nature. Pontiac hopes to have final pricing information as well as performance #’s and the like in 1Q of ‘06. The vehicle is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in the spring ‘06.

One other very important piece to touch on. The news story in which Auto Week (If I recall correctly) that stated supplier Karmann has encountered quality issues was in fact incorrect. The roof system Karmann will be supplying for the G6 actually meets, or exceeds General Motors standards for quality and reliability.

Now, for the last goodie on this late Halloween treat. Expect to see a new production Pontiac on this years auto show scene.

Finally, I'd like to thank Mr. Hopson for taking the time out of his day to speak with us. It's very much appreciated!

Thanks for reading,

Josh E. Oliver
Josh.Oliver@CheersandGears.com
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:CG_all: You rock Josh! :booyah: Thanks for the update on this Auto. Will be exciting year I believe for GM. Rock on General! :cheers:
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Sweet! Thanks for the info Josh. Spring '06 is the perfect time to launch it. Now, who wants to guess the new Pontiac?
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Hope the G6 'vert comes with some updates and refinements... I still don't think people will spend $30K on a car just for its roof. As far as the new Pontiac, could it be a Lambda?
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While I'd prefer something smaller/cheaper, count another vote for a version of the Lambda. IIRC, Pontiac was originally slated for one of the Delta plant products, but lost its spot in the rollout to GMC. Given the impressive differentiation hinted at by the spy pics, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Pontiac finagles some kind of sporty hauler that doesn't overlap with the Enclave or the Arcadia. The timing would also seem to work--call it a late '08 model. Would AWD with a hot 3.9L and 5 seats be a bad Pontiac?
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Now, who wants to guess the new Pontiac?

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Some speculate that the new Australian Zeta Commodore may be exported here as a new large Pontiac. Otherwise, maybe the next generation Pontiac Vibe. Edited by ehaase
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I'm glad to see its not cancelled cause that would of been like throwing in the towel and admitting defeat. That said I think it will be tough to move a lot of G6 verts that are in the 30K range. I don't know how many they think they can sell but I gotta wonder if it will be worth all the development and engineering costs to get it on the road, hope its not another Envoy XUV.
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What a waste if it's a Lambda or new Vibe. I thought Pontiac was the performance/excitement division, guess not.
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What a waste if it's a Lambda or new Vibe.  I thought Pontiac was the performance/excitement division, guess not.

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Nobody said anything of the sorts of those. For all we know, it could be RWD. Until something official is said from GM, or if you read it here first, I'd disregard whatever rumors are out there.

This vehicle will be production, not a concept. First I've heard of it as GM has been very good at keeping this one quiet.
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I am going to guess it isn't anything we don't already know about... perhaps the Solstice GXP or hardtop.
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I am going to guess it isn't anything we don't already know about... perhaps the Solstice GXP or hardtop.

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That's what I'm leaning toward as well.
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It's probably the rebadged cobalt that Canada and Mexico get. WOW! That's a great product. I've never seen anything like it!!!!!!! Seriously though, I can't think of what the new pontiac will be. I'm hoping it's the replacement for the Grand Prix. Good news about the G6 hard-top. Edited by Cadillacfan85
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While I would like to call G8, and it has been hinted at, I am going to say the next Vibe is my bet. I belive that the Camry and its siblings are being redesigned which would lead me to suspect that the current Vibe is living on borrowed time.
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I wonder if the new production Pontiac will be a US version of the G4/Pursuit.
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For BV's sake let it be a Fiero. They should make both rag and hard. It is most likly to be a large sedan to replace the GP or Bonnivile Edited by capriceman
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I hope it's an all new model instead of a rebadge or varient. Edited by nzr
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I'm not sure what the production Pontiac would be, but I'm leaning towards the Vibe. Good news on the G6 'vert, though I really wasn't worried since Lutz himself said it's still on tract a couple months ago.
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Okay... Good news about the G6 'vert. Also good news about the upcoming Pontiac to be released. Although, it's killing me not knowing what it is. Probably something Pontiac doesn't need again... like the Torrent and Montana... But the next Vibe would be my best bet. Atleast it wouldn't be a total disgrace...
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I'd love to think we'll see an all-new model (Vibe, GTO, G8, etc.), but my guess is another Solstice variant (coupe or GXP), or possibly even a GXP model of the Torrent or G6. The term production Pontiac leaves room for several possibilities.
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I'd love to think we'll see an all-new model (Vibe, GTO, G8, etc.), but my guess is another Solstice variant (coupe or GXP), or possibly even a GXP model of the Torrent or G6.  The term production Pontiac leaves room for several possibilities.

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Sure does, but the quote "It's going to be fun" leaves awhole lot more!
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I think its too soon for the Solstice GXP. The regular Solstice already cant keep up with demand. It seems to soon to be a Grand Prix replacement either. The current model is only 3 years old. I hope its not the Pursuit, but most likely thats what it is.
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I "think" the production Pontiac will happen very soon.....possible within the next few months or possibly in January, however I'm not toooooo sure.
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