The Pontiac G8 is a rear-wheel drive sedan that wis produced bi Holden, the Australian General Motors (GM) subsidiary. The G8 wis released in 2008 in the Unitit States, an in 2008 for the 2009 model year in Canadae. Production stopped in mid-2009, following the GM decision tae suspend the Pontiac brand. While available, the G8 took the place in the Pontiac lineup o both the Pontiac Bonneville, which ceased production efter the 2005 model year, an the Pontiac Grand Prix, which ceased production efter the 2008 model year. The G8 wis Pontiac's first full-size car since the Bonneville an the GTO coupe last sold in 2006. The G8 wis a captive import o the Australien Holden VE Commodore.
By December 2008, the rear-drive G8 haed na become the expected sales replacement for the previous front-drive models, with 11,000 unsold G8s in the inventory an juist 13,000 sold. During the 2009 global economic downturn, market prices haed dropped bi $3000–5000 below GM's sticker price for the caur. Bi Julie 2009, there wur anerlie 5,000 unsold G8's in inventory, with almost 30,700 sold.
With the imminent demise o the Pontiac brand, a result o GM's Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the 2009 model year marks the end o all Pontiacs, includin the G8. However, in Julie 2009, Bob Lutz made an off-hand comment during a press review that the G8 woud be revived as the Chevrolet Caprice. Subsequently, Lutz retracted this statement, citin market conditions.
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