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DETROIT - It’s not just another sedan. With its contemporary, sensuous styling, class-stretching dimensions and European-bred handling dynamics, the all-new 2005 Pontiac G6 sports sedan challenges the conventional wisdom of the mid-size sedan market.

Pontiac revealed the G6 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It goes on sale in Fall 2004. Additional models of the G6 will follow, including a 2+2 sports coupe and a convertible.

It’s also the latest example of Pontiac’s renaissance – a movement that is reinvigorating the marketplace with responsive, driver-focused vehicles.

“The G6 is a sports sedan with a contemporary flair,” said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager. “Its combination of sensuous style, exhilarating performance and overall refinement will attract new customers who, frankly, looked to imports for this kind of driving experience. Now, they can get it from Pontiac.”

The G6’s exceptional ride and handling, contemporary styling and generous rear seat legroom are enabled by its class-leading 112.3-inch wheelbase. Comparable with many larger cars, the G6’s wheelbase pushes the wheels to the corners, delivering the smooth ride expected of full-size luxury sedans and the responsive handling, with minimal body roll, demanded by sports car enthusiasts. The 112.3-inch wheelbase also gives rear-seat passengers 37.6 inches of legroom – more than BMW 3-Series or Nissan Altima – and enables the G6’s tightly wrapped design.

“There’s nothing else like the G6 in terms of style, performance and refinement,” said Myers. “It’s a total package that is helping Pontiac re-establish itself as a performance division.”

The G6’s total performance attributes include:

- All-new family of performance oriented powertrains, including a 170-horsepower HO 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder, 200-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and 240-horsepower HO 3.9-liter V-6
- Sophisticated, electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode standard on GT model
- European-designed high performance six-speed manual transmission available with 3.9 V-6
- Class-leading 112.3-inch wheelbase, enabling fresh, contemporary styling, exceptional ride and handling, and generous rear seat leg room
- Four-wheel sport-tuned independent suspension, with MacPherson strut front suspension, four-link independent rear suspension, variable-assist electric power steering, full function traction control, and a range of 16-, 17-, and 18-inch performance wheels and tires
- GM’s global Epsilon architecture with cross-car magnesium beam results in 27.3 Hz bending frequency which provide rigidity and body stiffness for quiet, solid and more responsive ride and handling characteristics
- Engaging, driver-oriented interior with sporty, refined controls and instrument layout; tilt and telescoping steering column; available adjustable pedals; highly bolstered, body-hugging seats; automatic climate control; racing-style gauges with true-red LED instrument backlighting; and premium sound system with in-dash 6-CD changer
- Market-exclusive Panoramic roof, which features four sliding glass panels to create a convertible-style open-air driving experience
- Contemporary, sensuous design with upscale refinement and attention to detail
- Outstanding quality, reliability and safety, including standard dual-stage air bags, and available side- and head curtain air bags
- Available remote start.

“The G6 builds on the Pontiac renaissance which began with the Vibe and continues to gain traction with the ’04 Grand Prix and the new GTO,” said Myers. “Fresh, clean styling and uncompromising performance are the cornerstones of Pontiac’s renaissance and the building blocks of future products.”

Pontiac’s renewed performance passion can also be seen in the 2004 Bonneville GXP, a full-size performance sedan with a powerful V-8 under its hood – the second V-8-powered vehicle introduced by Pontiac within four months – and the exciting Solstice roadster.

“They’re all cars you want to own,” said Myers.

In the near future, more models will be added to the G6 family, including the high-performance GTP, a 2+2 sports coupe, and a convertible. Like the G6 sports sedan, the coupe and convertible models will challenge the conventional notions of their respective markets. The GTP will set a new benchmark for mid-size performance with a 3900 HO V-6, a six-speed manual transmission and greater handling capability.

“The new power of Pontiac is here,” said Myers. “And we’ve got the credentials to back that up.”
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