Although Pontiac is going away (for now), some of it’s vehicles will live on within other brands…
As most of you may know, a large portion of Pontiac’s vehicle lineup is/was made up of rebadged cars from Chevy, Saturn, even GMC. The only vehicle that was not rebadged from another American division was the G8, which was a rebadged Commodore from Holden, GM’s Australian division.
Which brings me to the reason for this post. I was perusing my email inbox and came across a note form GM Product Communications about the 2010 GM lineup. Curious, I clicked on the link to their site and found a comprehensive list of all 2010 GM vehicles, which did not include Pontiac, of course.
What I did find was a curious vehicle called the GMC Terrain. Even more curious, as this vehicle was absent from the 2009 North American International Auto Show (from what I saw), I did some digging and found that this is the next generation of the Pontiac Torrent and boy does it look good.
In case you haven’t heard, or just aren’t concerned, GM is now concentrating of it’s four “core” brands – Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC – so seeing the next Torrent as a GMC really is no surprise.
What is surprising is the choice of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that GM says can achieve up to 32 miles per gallon on the highway. This awesome mileage for a SUV is achieved through a lower torque converter lockup speed, essentially this will act as another transmission gear, like something similar on my Mom’s old Chevy Nova ( the Toyota version, not the classic).
Anyhow, if the Terrain is half as good as the Torrent, GM will have another hit on it’s hands, especially if the MPG claims come true as even a hybrid SUV has trouble getting that much on the highway.
Following the theme, the car of the day is the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP:
If you check out the Holden Commodore, you’ll see the resemblance, which ain’t no bad thing.
I haven’t driven the GXP yet, but I suspect it’s the best Pontiac sedan ever built.
It’s truly a shame to see Pontiac go away since they have finally matured away from all that plastic cladding and are putting out cars with style, panache, great power and awesome handling…at least in the G8 line.