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2010 Pontiac G8 ST Sport Truck Cancelled

12 March 2009 by: Adam Major 4 Comments

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The death of the new El Camino..

The birth of the new Chevrolet El Camino has recently been taken away by Pontiac. This means that the next generation of El Camino will never be.  The El Camino was a coupe utility / muscle car produced by Chevrolet in 1959.

Through vehicle reviews GM decided to junk the plans for the ST sport truck version of the G8, since the current focus is on smaller cars and more economical cars.

“With Pontiac being more focused on sporty, fun-to-drive cars, we took a long look at the ST and it didn’t fit with what our future vision of Pontiac would be,” Pontiac spokesperson Jim Hopson said in the Automotive News story. Apparently, GM decided the ST sport truck wasn’t sporty enough.

Russ Clark, who heads product marketing for Pontiac, says in the story that Pontiac will be reducing its number of models from the present six and, in the future, will have less nameplates in the range. All this will be in accordance with GM’s “niche” intentions for the brand. He also said that they killed the ST sport truck because it was a “low-volume niche product”. Okay, we get it now. We get why GM is in such trouble.

 

 

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  • BuyaRiceBurner.com » 2010 Pontiac G8 ST Sport Truck Cancelled | 360 BLOG said:

    [...] Christopher wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThrough vehicle reviews GM decided to junk the plans for the ST sport truck version of the G8, since the current focus is on smaller cars and more economical cars. “With Pontiac being more focused on sporty, fun-to-drive cars, … [...]

  • Dr David Black said:

    What a shame. Pontiac's name has such good vibes.
    Dr.David Black
    http://www.blackchiropractic.com.au

  • New Pontiac G8 said:

    I don’t think it has been discontinued though.. I’ve seen pictures of upcoming 2011 g8 sedan here

  • Nick. said:

    Hi
    This truck was designed in Australia by General Motors- Holdens. It is still being made in good numbers as The Holden Commodore Utility. It is also available as a limited edition through Holden Special Vehicles as the Maloo utility.

    GM-H also manufactured the G8 sedan which is the Commodore in Australia. They were imported into the USA as Pontiacs.

    The last GTO was also Australian made and over here was the Monaro.

    They were true modern versions of old school rear wheel drive Coupe’s and Sedans of the sixties.

    The Commodore Ute and Sedan are hugely popular over here.It is a real shame that the GFC smashed the plans for long term supply of these vehicles.

    I am surprised that GM did not divert these cars to the Chev banner.
    The engineering was already done and the cars were being made in good volumes. A few badges and the G8 would have become a Chev. I can even buy a genuine Chev badge which fits the grille with no mods from my GM-H dealer. I can easily imagine a 2013 Chev Impala or Lumina SS running a 6.2l V8.

    Dollar for dollar the Australian Commodore (and the Aussie Ford Falcon for that matter) are the best value large rear drive cars on the planet.

    Commodores and HSVs have Chev V8 engines up to 6.2litres and are a great drive.

    It is a shame you guys are missing out.

    Cheers Nick Australia

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