Pontiac G8

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Pontiac G8
Pontiac G8 V6 -- 02-04-2012 2.jpg
Owerview
ManufacturerHolden (General Motors)
Also criedChevrolet Lumina (Middle East, Sooth Africae)
Chevrolet Omega (Brazil)
Holden Commodore (VE)
Production18 December 2007[1]–June 2009[2]
Model years2008–2009
AssemblyAustralie: Elizabeth, Sooth Australie
Body and chassis
ClessFull-size caur
Body style2-door Coupe utility (cancelled)
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon (cancelled)
LayootFront ingine, rear-wheel drive
PlatformGM Zeta platform
RelatitBuick Park Avenue
Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Caprice
Holden Statesman/Caprice (WM/WN)
Powertrain
Ingine3.6 L LY7 V6 (256 hp)
6.0 L L76 V8 (361 hp)
6.2 L LS3 V8 (415 hp)
Transmission5-speed 5L40-E automatic
6-speed 6L80-E automatic
6-speed Tremec TR-6060 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase114.7 in (2,913 mm)
Lenth196.1 in (4,981 mm)
Weenth74.8 in (1,900 mm)
Hicht57.7 in (1,466 mm)
Crib wecht3,946 lb (1,790 kg)
Chronology
PredecessorPontiac Bonneville
Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac GTO
Cadillac Catera
SuccessorChevrolet SS
Chevrolet Caprice

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.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Peskett, Karl (18 December 2007). "Pontiac G8 production begins". caradvice.com.au. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  2. Welch, David (10 July 2009). "GM May Revive Its Popular Pontiac G8". BusinessWeek. McGraw-Hill. Retrieved 2009-07-11.