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No fond farewell for Pontiac

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July 13, 2009 - 12:01 am ET

Recall that after General Motors gave Oldsmobile the brushoff, at least the vehicles got a classy send-off. The final 500 units of each model sported a special red paint job, embroidered upholstery and a colorful badge.

Pontiac gets bupkis.

"I wish I could say it was otherwise," said Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson. "But given the situation and timing, there literally was not enough time to put together any special-edition packages."

The Pontiac wind-down looks like this: The G3, G5 and G8 already have gone out of production. The Solstice sports coupe and convertible are done this month. The total production run of 1,100 Solstice coupes, Hopson said, will have sequential serial numbers. The Vibe ends production in August.

A final insult to Pontiac: The last G6 models, to be built in September, will be for rental car fleets.

Link: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...373360363921244

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balthazar    1,882

Question remains if any of the Solstice coupes will be withheld until after the G6 sales are done, making them the last Pontiacs sold. Not that I'm holding out any hope, but it's the least that could be done and wouldn't cost GM anything.

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Camino LS6    866
Question remains if any of the Solstice coupes will be withheld until after the G6 sales are done, making them the last Pontiacs sold. Not that I'm holding out any hope, but it's the least that could be done and wouldn't cost GM anything.

It would at least be a gesture of decency.

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ocnblu    733
They kill it because they see no future. They have no vision. I wish I had the means to purchase a Solstice Targa, just to drive a couple thousand miles a year, and keep forever.

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FUTURE_OF_GM    26
I wonder how many US spec G3s were built? I assume the Solstice GXP will be the rarest of the last Pontiacs.

Actually, last I read MOST of the coupes were GXP models which would make the RPO coupe more rare.

The final number (on coupes) was supposed to be around 1100-1000 and 750 of those were supposedly GXP-ed.

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Actually, last I read MOST of the coupes were GXP models which would make the RPO coupe more rare.

The final number (on coupes) was supposed to be around 1100-1000 and 750 of those were supposedly GXP-ed.

Interesting. I have yet to see any Solstice coupes. Though I've seen two G3s in the last few months, though one was a Canadian one. Saw a G2 last month. Now that is Excitement!.

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hyperv6    774

I don't need some cheap emblems or a Viking funeral to mark this.

Just make the last one built a Solstic coupe put it in the collection next to the first Pontiac Coupe and leave it on a high note. Let the last car be what Delorean wanted.

I hate to see the last one be a G6 or Vibe and show what Pontiac died of. At least make the last car a real performance car.

The truth is this happens so fast and there was no money to do anything. If this was planned out and GM was not chapter 11 I am sure they would have done something.

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I realized the other day that the Vibe rental I drove in May is probably the last Pontiac rental I'll ever drive. Previously, I've driven many Grand Ams and a few Grand Prix rentals over the last 14 years..

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hyperv6    774
I realized the other day that the Vibe rental I drove in May is probably the last Pontiac rental I'll ever drive. Previously, I've driven many Grand Ams and a few Grand Prix rentals over the last 14 years..

And that is why they are not building anymore Pontiacs and my GP resale sucks.

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They kill it because they see no future. They have no vision. I wish I had the means to purchase a Solstice Targa, just to drive a couple thousand miles a year, and keep forever.

If your nice, I'll have my daughter take you for a spin one day ... :neenerneener:

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Z-06    493
If your nice, I'll have my daughter take you for a spin one day ... :neenerneener:

Is it a stick or an auto, Borger?

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pow    106
The truth is this happens so fast and there was no money to do anything.

There wasn't any new product in the pipeline. Terrain replaced Torrent, and Solstice and G6 had no replacements coming. This left the G8, and a host of rebadged Daewoolets and a Toyota.

In theory, an Alpha midsizer would have been nice... in reality, however, GM had no new cars planned for Pontiac. G6 replacement never broke ground.

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hyperv6    774
There wasn't any new product in the pipeline. Terrain replaced Torrent, and Solstice and G6 had no replacements coming. This left the G8, and a host of rebadged Daewoolets and a Toyota.

In theory, an Alpha midsizer would have been nice... in reality, however, GM had no new cars planned for Pontiac. G6 replacement never broke ground.

The truth is the niche deal was just going to buy time to close Pontiac a model at a time till the end of the G8. With Rick leaving it just moved up the end.

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SAmadei    224
Well, maybe someday after Henderson gets the axe, we can get Pontiac back.

Unlikely, I know, but it sure would be nice.

Yeah, because then I could buy a new GM product. I have no faith, though. Waiting for the GM liquidation.

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