We know the title of this article angers a lot of you (and no one is probably more angry then us who had the privilege to experience the top-of-the-line Pontiac G8 GXP for a whole week).

During a live chat earlier this week, Maximum Bob Lutz said that the Pontiac G8 will be saved as a Chevrolet Caprice when GM kills the Pontiac brand at the end of this year.

“The G8 has finally been discovered by a broader percentage of the buying public. The owners are ecstatic about them, many calling it the best sedan they”ve ever driven,” said Lutz. “We consider it too good to waste. So we”re studying the feasibility of bringing it in as a Caprice for both law enforcement and the public.”

Writing over at GM’s Fast Lane Blog today, Bob Lutz said that the “G8 will not be a Caprice after all.”

“I”d mentioned it, and said we were studying it, giving it a serious look, because a car like the G8 was just too good to waste,” said Lutz. “That”s all still true. But I have to say that, with my new “marketing” hat on, upon further review and careful study, we simply cannot make a business case for such a program. Not in today”s market, in this economy, and with fuel regulations what they are and will be.”

Lutz said that the GM must be very careful as to where it allocates its budgets for the time being. He said that for now the resources must be allocated elsewhere. He reinforced that the move does not mean that GM is backing away from performance or rear-wheel-drive.

“We have a tremendous RWD team in Australia that gave us the beloved G8, a team that we will tap into at some point again in the future for its expertise and sheet metal. Just not right now.”

Reviewed: 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP:

- By: Omar Rana

Source: GM FastLane Blog


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  • Pat

    you have to be sh***ing me right now! are these people serious??? come the hell on!!!???

  • gus the grouter

    product lead recovery? more vanilla models instead of doing something exciting and noteworthy. Sell Holden to someone who WILL do something with the brand and their engineering expertise in RWD. FWD? It is NOT the panacea!

  • Ivan Gutierrez

    I think it's obvious who is calling the shots at GM now, can't wait to see the new V6 FWD corvette. I think zermatt would agree.

  • zermatt

    Ivan – I agree. The Overlords have spoken.

    This must be what Ron Bloom, senior member of the autos task force, sings in the shower each morning:

    Under my thumb
    The squirmin dog whos just had their day
    Under my thumb
    A GM that has just changed their ways

    Its down to me, yes it is
    The way GM does just what they're told
    Down to me, the change has come
    They're under my thumb
    Ah, ah, say its alright**

    **with apologies to The Rolling Stones

  • jgoods

    Well, it's because the same donkeys, including Lutz the putz, are still in charge. Fritz and Bob can't even get their stories straight. See http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2009/07/16/g8-beco…. Why are the people who engineered the train wreck still still making (or failing to make) decisions?

  • GMfan87

    well thats dissapointing, and very discouraging

  • kingfish2000

    WTF???

  • BIGPHX1

    GENERAL MOTORS JUST DONT HAVE TASTE ANYMORE, OR JUST LOST THEIR MINDS. THEY GET RID OF WELL RESPECTED NAME BRANDS THAT HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR OVER 50 YEARS. OLDSMOBILE TOOK THE CHOPPING BLOCK IN 2004 AND PONTIAC IS UP FOR EXECUTION AS WELL. WHAT ABOUT THE MUSCLE CAR FANATICS THAT WILL LOVE TO OWN A GM PRODUCT? THE 2010 CHEVY CAMARO AND THE CORVETTE SHOULD NOT BE THE ONLY CARS. THE FORMET PONTIAC G8 WILL DO WELL AS A CAPRICE OR A IMPALA, JUST GET RID OF THE CURRENT IMPALAS NOW.

  • BIGPHX1

    GENERAL MOTORS JUST DONT HAVE TASTE ANYMORE, OR JUST LOST THEIR MINDS. THEY GET RID OF WELL RESPECTED NAME BRANDS THAT HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR OVER 50 YEARS. OLDSMOBILE TOOK THE CHOPPING BLOCK IN 2004 AND PONTIAC IS UP FOR EXECUTION AS WELL. WHAT ABOUT THE MUSCLE CAR FANATICS THAT WILL LOVE TO OWN A GM PRODUCT? THE 2010 CHEVY CAMARO AND THE CORVETTE SHOULD NOT BE THE ONLY CARS. THE FORMET PONTIAC G8 WILL DO WELL AS A CAPRICE OR A IMPALA, JUST GET RID OF THE CURRENT IMPALAS NOW.