I raised this point in a another thread while I was listing GM's failings. I thought maybe if the Zeta platform had been used create a new GTO closer to the 1999 concept than the Monaro-based GTO (which wasn't all that bad a car, purists be darned), it could have sparked new life into Pontiac and along with the G8, formed an alliance with Holden (like what Buick has with Opel), and still allowed Pontiac to continue as a "volume" brand of sorts...I saw it something like this:
-Zeta GTO (halo car)
-Solstice (roadster/midrange "halo" car, think Fiero vs. Firebird)
-Commodore/G8 (sport sedan)
-Ute/G8 ST ("truck")
-Caprice/Bonneville (luxury sedan)
-G6 (midsize sedan/family car)
Now, the G6 and Vibe might seem a bit out of place in that lineup, but they would've made good placeholder cars until GM/Pontiac could have come up with something in their segments more in keeping with the rest. It's not quite the most "balanced" range, but it does cover most of the bases - including trucks, which Pontiac never had as far as I remember. And it's mainly performance-oriented vehicles, so it stays in line with the idea that Pontiac was supposed to be GM's excitement brand.
Plus, the extra money from American sales could've helped Holden out as well...given their current troubles, this is really sad to me.
Yeah, I know hindsight's 20/20, beating a dead horse, no use in thinking about what might've been, etc...I just wanted to get this off my chest.
Oh, and I will say that I'm one of the few that still believes Pontiac will return someday. Maybe not until the end of the decade or later, but someday. I can only hope by then GM will know better and treat the brand with the respect it deserves rather than just another wing of Chevrolet.