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    Pontiac is Back!



    We all know GM never really wanted to kill off Pontiac, the government forcing the Generals hand as a condition of TARP.

    But now 8 years removed from the Global Financial Crisis with General Motors finally regaining some of its lost luster the company is looking to bring back a long time fan favorite: The Pontiac Division.

    The death of Pontiac has always been a sour spot for the most die-hard GM enthusiasts, and as it turns out executives within the company.

    Pontiac is now being considered as a specialty performance brand/engineering homeroom for the quirky, niche products GM either tries to shoe horn into it’s portfolio of other brands- or shelves all together. Mark Reuss told GMI that he’s “fed up with having his hands tied” when it comes to product development.

    Reuss went on to rail “Where are the sport compacts, the hot hatches, the roadsters- I want to build value-packed performance vehicles for the masses”

    Which we’re pleased to reveal, they will:

    First on the docket is a Porsche Macan type SUV to be built on the Alpha platform. It’s believed that both Opel and Holden are likely to receive such a vehicle as well. Sources inside the company tell us to expect it to debut with the twin-turbo V6 that just hit the market under the Cadillac CT6’s hood- we were also told it would be joined eventually by a similar version of the 2.0T Camaro just got.

    This will be the only performance oriented SUV from a mainstream brand- a major win for the company. It’s thought that Pontiac could resurrect the Aztek name due in part to it’s popularity with the Millennial market.

    Complimenting GM’s first performance oriented SUV since the Typhoon went out of production back in ’93 will be a small RWD coupe which evolved from the Codr 130R pet project. Dubbed the Fiero we were told the little Pontiac will debut with a choice of turbo fours: a 1.4T making 150 hp and the aforementioned 2.0T from the Camaro de-tuned to 250 hp while keeping the same 295 lb-ft of torque.

    The platform will then spread throughout the GM portfolio, it’s believed Cadillac will use the platform to underpin a small roadster and Opel will get it’s wish for a modern day GT.

    The third component to Pontiac’s rebirth is arguably the most important. Pontiac will spearhead development of a new RWD sedan which will replace the aging Chevrolet Caprice PPV and the Holden Commodore.

    Based on Alpha, it will mark the return of the Grand Prix name. GM will offer the sedan with the full gamut of engine choices- 2.0T, 3.0TT and the mac daddy 6.2L V8.

    This will also serve as the death of the Chevy SS, although only in name. The real win for this project comes from placating the angry Holden enthusiasts who are abandoning the brand in droves at the thought of a FWD-based Commodore replacement. Holden CEO Mark Bernhard telling GMI “lawd Jesus it’s a Miracle.”

    Sources intimate with the projected plans are telling us to expect both the SUV and the sedan to debut production ready at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and on the market this time next year. The coupe is expected to follow later in the year making it’s debut at the LA Show in November 2017.
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    If only.....

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    Uhhhh... yeah.

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    I almost pooped my pants.

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    IIII hates April 1st...

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    Only in some Japanese showroom where its been sitting for ages gathering dust waiting for a buyer to come along, you April fool.



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    The system purported to use a magnetic field that would allow BMW drivers to creep up behind other traffic and latch on for a fuel-saving ride. “For once, we’re happy to be behind the competition,” said BMW.





    Vauxhall announced a breakthrough for the evening entertainment industry to take on the Nissan LV200 taxi. The Taxi Kebabi is a 9-seater Vauxhall Vivaro Combi taxi with built-in kebab shop. The van comes with bold 'Abra Kebabra' exterior decals and a couple of chicken doner Kebabs rotating gentley in the boot.

    As well as the two gas-fired spit rotisserie grills, the modified Vivaro is said to have salad bowls integrated into the arm rests, chilli dispensers and of course a tasty selection of sauces. The quote for this one came from taxi driver Jason Donervan "With Vivaro's class-leading whole life costs, this incredible vehicle offers us hard-pushed drivers another valuable revenue stream that could ultimately see taxi fares being slashed."



    VW proposed the Caddy micro van, a 2.4m long micro van with one seat and only enough room for a tool box or the driver's lunch. Basically, you could take more with you if you got the bus.

    VW quoted its head of commercial vehicle product development, Dr. Avin A'laf. "We see the Caddy micro van as our equivalent of the chocolate bars at the supermarket checkout. We hope that when customers come and buy one of our multi-award-winning full-size vans, and see the Caddy micro van as a little treat on the showroom check-out.



    Vauxhall have done a special edition Astra Copacabana tied-in with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The footballer graphics on the flanks and giant Brazilian flag on the roof are just about believable. The turf-covered seats, sand-filled footwells and on-board cocktail vending machine inside, less so.



    Vauxhall announced a neat optional extra for its Astra VXR hot hatch (on April 1st). The Accelerator Pedal Retarding Intervention Lump was a detachable chunk of the floor mat that sat underneath the throttle pedal and prevented drivers from giving it the full potatoes.

    Vauxhall claimed that under extensive testing, the 'lump' reduced the VXR’s normal 6.2 second 0-62mph time to a far more stately and environmentally-friendly 14.06 seconds. Cheap but effective.
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    Getting old...its only like the 3rd time GMI has done this...

    At this rate, saying Geo is back is more believable...
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    Hey, you gotta watch that man...He'll go coastal on ya

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    Oh,oh...

    You guys know this will turn into a 1,200 page thread which will still be going 5 years from now....
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    Why even bother??

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    Getting old...its only like the 3rd time GMI has done this...

    At this rate, saying Geo is back is more believable...
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    Where can I put down my deposit??

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