Should GM Import a G8 Station Wagon?

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

In contrast to earlier reports, goauto is now reporting that GM is not bringing a Holden Commodore/Pontiac G8 wagon the U.S. of A. Fair enough? On the one hand, Maximum Bob is unusually realistic when he proclaimed "the sad truth is, as much as some of us like 'sportwagons', they just don't sell in the US." When left to their rear wheel-drive (RWD) devices, wagons don't sell stateside. The Lexus IS300 Sportcross – failure. BMW's RWD wagons – did pretty badly until the letter "x" showed up in their names. The ugly Dodge Magnum – dead. On the other hand, there's something to be said for "doing your thing." If GM wants RWD to be its thing– especially Pontiac's– then wouldn't it make sense to go all the way with it? How much extra can the Pontiac G8 wagon cost to federalize as GM's already doing it for the sedan? Unless there's a problem with parts…

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Justin Berkowitz

Immensely bored law student. I've also got 3 dogs.

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  • ADent ADent on Jan 18, 2008

    Aarrrgh. Not a lot of people want wagons here in the US, but there are not many good offerings either. A G8 wagon looked like a good offering and maybe could get a few more people to walk thru the showroom. The new V70 can be optioned under $35K.

  • Starlightmica Starlightmica on Jan 18, 2008
    Samir Syed: I can tell you the [Suzuki Forenza] sedan sucks. You could review it [once] for TTAC, divide the one star between the it and the Chevy Optra sold up north, and then ask RF for double the usual review fee!
  • Argentla Argentla on Jan 18, 2008
    starlightmica -- You're right, I forgot all about the Rondo and Forenza. I suppose those count, although I must say I would be really hesitant to recommend them to friends, based on the dubious reputation of the brands. I mean, these people know where I live...
  • Justin Berkowitz Justin Berkowitz on Jan 19, 2008

    @argentla: these people know where I live… Yeah, but if there car is broken down, that info won't be of any use to them! Seriously though, the Rondo's a solid car.