GM May Revive Its Popular Pontiac G8
Lutz to order a G8 revival?
July 10, 2009
By David Welch
General Motors may have a plan to resurrect the well-liked Pontiac G8 sports sedan, which goes away this month as the automaker emerges from bankruptcy as a smaller company. GM stopped production of the car in June, but there is talk of bringing it back as the Chevrolet Caprice.
Initially, GM decided against the idea. The G8 is built in Australia, so currency fluctuations and expensive shipping make the business case a tough one. But recently reinstated GM Vice-Chairman Robert A. "Bob" Lutz is keen to revive the G8 as a Chevy.
It wouldn't be much of a stretch. GM's Australian Holden subsidiary already builds a Chevrolet Caprice and a Lumina for the Middle East using the same hardware that hosts the G8. GM uses the Chevy names in the Middle East, and in Australia it calls the car the Holden Commodore, with a longer version of the sedan dubbed the Statesman.