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2009.5 Pontiac G6

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2009.5 PONTIAC G6

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Thanks for posting them. Or I was going to do it... I already save all of them off the Wieck Site! I really like how it looks. a G6 base coupe speaks to me, and no I don't like the new Malibu as much. After all I am a Pontiac guy.

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Well, they fixed my major gripes with the interior, although the car really could use an overhaul in a year or two (relax, I know it's not happening).

I'm sick of the ultra shiny wheels on GM's cars though.

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Well, they fixed my major gripes with the interior, although the car really could use an overhaul in a year or two (relax, I know it's not happening).

I'm sick of the ultra shiny wheels covers on GM's cars though.

Fixed.

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Not as bad as I thought at first...

It's a pretty good looking car.

I do think the new nose makes it look more like a Chevrolet though (Think Cobalt LS)

I like the more aggressive nose with the foglights, but with just the black vents it looks a little cheap IMO. (Of course, cheep looking seems to sell with the import brands)

Maybe it's the new wheels, but the coupe looks like it's been dropped a bit. In fact, I think an upper trim coupe would be pretty damn sexy in an aggressive (effeminate, liberal guys wouldn't understand) kind of way.

Here's hoping for a kick ass GXP that brings just that. (I know it probably won't happen, but I can wish) Pontiac could make HUGE gains on the credibility side and even gains on the sales side if they executed the G6 GXP right.

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"Cheap" is the word that comes to mind. It just looks bargain-basement, and the sedan is really starting to show its age.

The wheel designs only make matters worse.

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Pontiac G6 Enhancements at a Glance

* Availability of four-cylinder, 33 mpg G6 coupe; E85-capable V6 available

Awesome... Hopefully something that will be played up in marketing

“As the most complete family of mid-size vehicles available in the marketplace,

This should also be a BIG selling point for Pontiac.

All G6 models, including sedans, coupes and convertibles, receive the interior upgrades. The uniquely styled G6 GXP models will not be affected by the exterior or powertrain changes.

***** Sigh........... ******

Another missed opportunity.

The optional 222-horsepower 3.9L V6 for the G6 convertible remains unchanged, as does the standard 252-horsepower 3.6L V6 in all GXP models.

The 3.9L needs to leave IMO.

Inspired by the sporty front end styling of the new G8 performance sedan, the new G6 front fascia features chrome surrounds for the signature Pontiac dual port honeycomb grille. This same grille pattern is carried to an updated lower air dam.

Wonder if the grille insert is still metal.

Also new are a revised headlight design with clear park/turn lenses and amber lamps, body color mirrors and painted rockers on the sedan and coupe.

Would explain why I thought it had been lowered a bit.

A special value-priced G6 base sedan with a standard equipment package will start at $19,945.

That explains the ROI problem at Pontiac.

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The previous one hasn't been selling well lately, this won't change anything. The Malibu also gets 33 mpg and is a much better car, so the G6 doesn't win any consumers with that. I bet the "special value" $19,000 version still needs a rebate to get it off the showroom floor, unless they can offload those on Avis.

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Has GM ever done a "1/2" year model before? I can't ever recall one. There must be more changes in line for the 2010 model, though it seems the 2009.5 model should have been released as a 2009 model.

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The previous one hasn't been selling well lately, this won't change anything. The Malibu also gets 33 mpg and is a much better car, so the G6 doesn't win any consumers with that. I bet the "special value" $19,000 version still needs a rebate to get it off the showroom floor, unless they can offload those on Avis.

Actually, I think G6 sales have been up since the fuel crisis. (Save for last month)

Has GM ever done a "1/2" year model before? I can't ever recall one. There must be more changes in line for the 2010 model, though it seems the 2009.5 model should have been released as a 2009 model.

They did a 70.5 Camaro.

I was a little perplexed by that as well... Why not just make it an 2009 or 2010 model?

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I was a little perplexed by that as well... Why not just make it an 2009 or 2010 model?

Probably it was intended as 2009 MCE (makes sense anyways, 2009 is midway between 2005 and 2013), but the parts weren't ready or they had a surplus of 2008 parts. The 2009 is completely identical to the 2008.

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In my haste to add this to the LA show forum, I didn't realise there were two posts (one pics, one press release).

Upon trying to merge them, I screwed up the comments order.

I sincerely apologize. :duh:

EDIT: Should be ok now.

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People should really give these cars a look...the ones that I have rented have been solid, wonderful performers. If not for my hatred of all things FWD, I would enjoy owning one of these. The ONLY FWD car I will ever buy for myself would have been built many decades ago by a guy named Cord.

Relax, GM, I am still buying a Camaro soon. And a new Tahoe. And a new car for the wife.

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I still don't like the sedan. It just doesn't seem worthy of Pontiac. It doesn't look sporty or exciting at all. It actually looks like something that should be assigned to a value division (which is definitely NOT my perception of what Pontiac should be).

The overall shape of the coupe and coupe-cabrio is fine and brand appropriate for Pontiac, but the styling of the front end doesn't fit with the swoopy and sporty styling of the rest of the car. It almost seems like the front end was designed by someone who worked independently of the person who designed the rest of the car.

I think the Opel Insignia sedan would have made a nice replacement for the G6 sedan. A Pontiac twin nostril grille would fit nicely in the opening where the Opel grille resides and the overall styling of the sedan would fit in better with Pontiac's sporty image. Since GM doesn't have the funds or interest in developing an Insignia coupe or coupe-cabrio, the existing G6 coupe and coupe-cabrio could be given a similar front/rear restyling to fit in with the new Insignia based G6 sedan (To me, the G6 coupe and coupe-cabrio have an overall shape that appears to be more similar to the Insignia than the current G6 sedan).

PCS: Before you submit it, I already know: "It's not going to happen!"

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...the ones that I have rented have been solid.

Exactly.

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I think the subtle changes make a big difference, at least to me. It could have been better, but given the current news of events, I think GM did well here.

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Buick released a 1997.5 Regal and the 97.5 Malibu based Cutlass was another late intro.

One reason for x.5 years is to count towards the CAFE fleet MPG #'s for a certain Model Year. GM probably needs some smaller car #'s to add into '09.

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I like the refresh, but the center stack remains! Why not just carry-over the new Malibu dash into the G6? Replace the wood with the alumi-plastic, and feature the red backlighting and the new guage cluster, and BAM. It may not scream "Pontiac" but it sure as hell would sell better.

I mean, c'mon...I was still in high school when this was released:

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Like the Mustang dash, which was refined for 2010 but still keeps its signature upper pad shape that recalls the first Mustangs, the Malibu dash is signature Chevrolet, with its dual cowl arrangement, recalling 60's Corvettes. I don't agree with sticking the Malibu dash into the G6. The '09.5 G6 has a new instrument cluster and a new set of radio and HVAC controls. I see nothing wong wif it.
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Where did my comment go? <_<

I'll say it again: lipstick on a pig.

The sedan is ok, I can't stand the ungainly proportions of the coupe and convertible. Non of them hold a candle to the concept.

That interior remains still, it reeks of cheap. At least when Ford updated the triplets it actually did more to the interiors than swap out the square radio.

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We'll see what it looks like in the flesh but from the vantage point of my computer the new Ford's look better.

Chris

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