Pontiac G8

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The Pontiac G8 is a rear-wheel drive sedan produced by General Motors (Holden) released for the 2008 model year (2009 in Canada). The G8 takes the place in the Pontiac lineup of both the Pontiac Bonneville, which ceased production after the 2005 model year, and the Pontiac Grand Prix, which ceases production after the 2008 model year. The G8 is Pontiac’s first full-size car since the Bonneville. The G8 is a captive import of the Australian Holden VE Commodore.

The Pontiac G8 has been shortlisted for the 2009 North American Car of the Year award.[1]

The G8 is based on the GM Zeta platform which was created by Holden for the Holden VE Commodore in the Australian market and is derived from the Commodore, differing mainly in frontal styling and interior details. At the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM chairman Bob Lutz confirmed that GM intended to import Holden Commodores into North America as G8s.[2] The news was not planned to be officially announced until the Chicago Auto Show in February. The G8 is GM’s first North American Zeta vehicle and shares all of that platform’s advantages, including a near 50/50 weight distribution, unitized chassis/body structure, and four wheel independent suspension.

Holden chairman Denny Mooney announced that the G8 is imported from the Elizabeth plant in Adelaide, South Australia for the life cycle of the car, but refused to comment on possible future production at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario facility.[3] At the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, GM Global Chairman Bob Lutz announced that the G8 was expected in US Pontiac dealerships in “early 2008”.[4] On July 4, 2007 the first Pontiac G8 prototypes rolled out of the Elizabeth assembly plant in Australia.[5][6]

The G8 is the first rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan sold under the Pontiac name in North America since the 1986 Bonneville and Parisienne. However there are also several rear-wheel drive offerings on the road such as the Solstice and the discontinued GTO. The GTO was another Holden product, known as the Monaro in Australia, repurposed and rebadged for U.S. consumption. Production was discontinued in 2006 due to new US safety regulations and the architecture being phased out worldwide in favor of the new Zeta platform on which the G8 is based.

At least one Australian company is offering body part sets which are intended to change the G8s appearance to that of the Holden VE Commodore by installing Commodore front bumpers and other parts.[7]

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