Goodbye Pontiac: Answering Your Questions and Comments

April 27th, 2009 at 5:19pm

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John McElroy and Jeff Gilbert of WWJ Newsradio 950 answer some of the questions and comments that have been flooding into Twitter since GM announced Pontiac would be no more. They discuss why Pontiac was targeted, if the G8 could be revived as a Chevy and what this means for the Pontiac heritage.

12 Comments to “Goodbye Pontiac: Answering Your Questions and Comments”

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    [...] General Motors confirmed today it is killing off the Pontiac brand by the end of next year. It is also going to cut 2,800 dealers it has in the U.S. market, a 42 percent reduction. It will get rid of another 7,000 to 8,000 hourly employees. This is all on top of the plan GM submitted to the government on February 17, and the company claims it will now be at a break-even basis if the U.S. car market only reaches 10 million units. And let’s hope it gets up to that level. BONUS: John and Jeff Gilbert of WWJ Answer Questions and Comments on the Death of Pontiac. [...]

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  3. michael gregg Says:

    what about the soltice and the sky? Saturn is going away too, No?

    couldn’t these cars be re-badged as Chevys?

  4. Sean Walsh Says:

    Jeff forgot about “Rocket 88″ by Ike Turner (with a cover version by Bill Haley) and “455 Rocket” by Kathy Mattea!

  5. Dave E. Says:

    The Soltice coup would make a great corvette stingray. Pontiac will be missed.

  6. Cameron Morgan Says:

    Pontiac was a great source of exports for us here in Australia…and something that Holden was proud to be a part of. As I am sure Pontiac will be sorely missed in the States, it will also be missed by many Australians as well.

  7. Mike Says:

    Hey Jeff,

    When you were talking about songs on brands, for Oldsmobile one of the big 50′s songs was Rocket 88. While we don’t want to keep brands for their classic song content, we should be keeping brands for their passion that they evoke. And when it came to performance, no other brand evoked that especially during the 60′s than the “Wide-Track” “Geeto Tiger” Pontiacs. I will miss it too.

  8. Bill Rowland Says:

    I don’t understand how GM can claim that they make money on Buick and not on Pontiac. They sell over 288 thousand Pontiacs a year oand only about 137 thousand Buicks. Can they make so much more per car on Buick and why? The only exciting car GM will have left is the Corvette. The rest of their lineup is just plain DULL.

  9. Eric Soto Says:

    Hi John

  10. Eric Soto Says:

    Hi John, I heard from GM inside news that rebadge G8 into a chevy and use them as police cars, is that true and if so, couldnt Buick re name the solstice to the sports car Opel that was used in the 70s? 5/1/09

  11. Zieke Says:

    Seems to me that GM should also get rid of Chevy trucks if they are keeping GMC. They are the same truck anyway.

  12. LYNN A SANTOS Says:

    HOW PONTIAC COULD SELL 288,000 CARS AND STILL NOT BE PROFITABLE SPEAKS VOLUMES OF HOW UNREALISTICALLY BLOATED AND INEFFICIENT GM HAS BECOME.

    GM CLAIMS IT’S JUST PERCEPTION THAT PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM GOING BACK TO GM.

    I DON’T THINK SO

    ELSE THEY WOULD HAVE OFFERED THE SAME KIND OF DEAL THAT BMW GIVES. FREE MAINTENANCE FOR THE FIRST 4 YEARS OR 50,000 MILES WHICHEVER COMES FIRST EXCLUDING TIRES.

    LIKEWISE IF FORD HAS GONE INTO ALL OVERHEAD CAM ENGINES, WHY DOES GM STICK TO 1949 TECHNOLOGY?