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It comes down to 2 subjects- money and performance.
GM is now giving some hefty rebates due to the economy. If the GTO is not on the rebate list and you are in competition with the "must have" crowd, you may not even get a break on the sticker. Remember the PT Cruiser, the first year they were going at what the dealer could get. Being placed on a waiting list and paying at or above sticker is not my cup of tea. The second year out, the car is just as nice but the sales are starting to plummet. Rebates are in force and dealers are happy to bargain. Now, the PT has turbocharging which really helped the performance. If you can wait, you gain control. Unless the economy soars and people start snatching everything up on 4 wheels and come to their senses and buy American. If all these conditions are in place, go buy a lotto ticket.

Performance? The car will be tweaked to correct any minor flaws. Maybe another color, different interior appointments. But I don't think anything big because the management will be studying the returns (sales) throughout the year. Nobody sticks their neck out too far these days nor is their a ton of money for development.

The switch to American manufacturing? I'll let those members who know the business answer this one. I would guess that the plans would already be in the works regarding where and when to build the car. The lead time must be measured in years since it is a big undertaking.

My own feelings. If it isn't manufactured in the US, then the GTO, however good the performance, does not truly represent the car. Might as well make it in korea or Japan.
 

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My personal opinion?
I'd wait.
I'd wait until they looked like '64 GTO convertibles.
Fast? It sounds like all the readers are going to the strips. Racing on the street is a no-no. If you think you have a fast car, go to the strip.

Does a new GTO stack up against a 2-3 year old vette? They probably cost the same (maybe the vette will be cheaper). I'd take the vette.

It will be interesting to see how many GTO's are put on the auction block on Ebay the following year. (I do so love those guys that are selling the "right to buy" privileges on EBay.)

Again, this is my personal opinion.
 

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Well, judging from the responses, performance and spped are the 2 important goals of this car. Will it or will it not out perform the F-bodies? I didn't read of anybody touting their cup holders or comfort of the rear seat or trunk space.

So, if it is a matter of style and performance, I acknowledge the statistics on the new GTO. I just don't like the style. Can't make a rag top out of one.
 

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Oh my goodness!
This month's Motor Trend has their Car of the Year picks and the new GTO is mentioned.
What's hot? All that speed and performance!
What's not? It looks like an overgrown Cavalier.

These are the mags words, not mine. Although I previously wrote the same basic opinion in previous threads.
But maybe this is okay since the younger generation wants it this way.
 
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