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GMC and Pontiac Announce Pricing for 2009 Sierra Hybrid and G3

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GMC and Pontiac Announce Pricing for 2009 Sierra Hybrid and G3

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DETROIT GMC and Pontiac today announced pricing for two new models arriving in dealerships in early 2009, further reinforcing the channels reputation for value combined with efficiency and capability. The model introductions and MSRPs (including destination freight charge) include:

The GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck, which combines the fuel efficiency of a midsize sedan with uncompromised full-size truck capability, $39,365 (including $975 DFC) for 2WD models with the 3HA package and $45,500 (including DFC) with the 3HB package

The all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback, $14,995 (including $660 DFC)

GMC Sierra Hybrid

The 2009 Sierra Hybrid joins the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid as the only full-size hybrid pickup trucks on the market. Equipped with GM’s two-mode hybrid system, Sierra Hybrid is offered in the crew cab body style and is also available with 4WD.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2WD models is 21 mpg city and 22 on the highway; 4WD models are estimated at 20 mpg in city and highway driving. That mileage, combined with a 26-gallon (98 L) fuel tank, delivers a cruising range of more than 500 miles with 2WD models and more than 470 miles with 4WD models

Production begins in December of 2008, with delivery to dealers expected in early 2009.

Towing capacity is rated at 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg). A $2,200 federal tax credit is currently available to many customers who purchase the Sierra Hybrid.

A well-equipped pickup

Sierra Hybrid 3HA models include popular equipment such as the heavy-duty trailering package; StabiliTrak electronic stability control; locking rear differential; EZ Lift tailgate and lock; 18-inch wheels; cloth seats; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar. Also included are automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone capability.

Equipment that is specific to the hybrid model includes:

6.0-liter V-8 engine (332 hp / 247 kW)

Low rolling resistance tires

Hybrid ornamentation

Soft tonneau cover

Head curtain side-impact air bags

In addition, a Sierra Hybrid 3HB model is offered. It includes all of the 3HA content as well as leather bucket seats with six-way driver and passenger power; Power Flow navigation with Bose audio and rear-seat controls; rear park assist; power adjustable pedals and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. MSRP is $45,500 (including destination charge).

Pontiac G3

The all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback arrives in dealer showrooms in March 2009 and becomes Pontiac’s fourth vehicle achieving highway fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon or higher.

The G3 combines sporty styling, quick handling and is surprisingly well-equipped, with standard air conditioning, four air bags (two frontal and two side-impact air bags) and the OnStar safety and security system. With an EPA-estimated 34 miles per gallon highway and the lowest starting price of any Pontiac, the G3 emphasizes value without compromising a fun driving experience.

All Pontiac and GMC models are covered by GM’s five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Additionally, Sierra Hybrid models come with an eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty.

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The G3 is now not only the most pointless vehicle on the market, it's also the most overpriced.

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Nooooooo, not the stupid 'H-Y-B-R-I-D' stickers on the truck, too?!

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The G3 is now not only the most pointless vehicle on the market, it's also the most overpriced.

I smell rebates....

For a little more you could just get a Vibe....

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I've seen the Nissan Versa advertised for $9,990, I have a feeling the G3 will be dropped to about that by dealers.

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I smell rebates....

For a little more you could just get a Vibe....

Or for a little less (or same depending on equipment) get a Honda Fit, the hands down best car under $15k.

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The G3 needs to be $14,995 with all the goodies included at that price: automatic, cruise control, ABS, and alloy wheels - in other words "fully loaded" for about $15K.

Now, after all the bail-out hype and re-focus on core brands...it looks like the G3 is a lame duck before it even hits the showrooms. How in the world do you woo "aware" buyers toward a G3 now? Any car on it's way out the door has serious image issues. GM, if you've given up on the Pontiac brand, and it's destined for niche duty, the G3 is a terrible fit. Spare your Pontiac salespeople their dignity and just cancel the G3 program now.

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OK, a few weeks have passed and we hear more chatter regarding Pontiac models which are being eliminated...so will the G3 even make it to US dealer lots at all ??? The G3's existence is such a half-a$$ effort...but at this point, Pontiac dealers may benefit from any additional opportunity to sell something....regardless of the fact the little runts like the G3 would contribute to diminished brand image.

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