Pontiac Terminates Excitement With Rebadged Aveo

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

"Pontiac is … car." And car is rebadging. Ipso facto. The Pontiac Torrent, G5, and G8 are blatant dirty rebadges. The G6 is a bit more unique looking, but same deal. And now… the Chevy Aveo! I mean Pontiac G3! The 2009 Pontiac G3 is listed on the fed's fueleconomy.gov site. Judging from its 1.6-liter engine, four-speed automatic, interior dimensions and 25/34 mpg, a rose by any other name will smell vaguely Korean (you might also say like dead dog, but I couldn't possibly comment). In Canada, the Pontiac version of the Aveo is called the Wave. but we're getting the G3– which raises a [relatively insignificant] question as to whether Pontiac is pursuing odd numbers or even numbers for its alphanumeric model names. Yes, this new model rounds out Pontiac's car collection as G3, G5, G6, and G8. Are we getting a G4 or G7? If I said yes, would you be interested? Meanwhile, the former excitement division will offer the G3 in sedan and hatchback versions. So is it going to suck? Why yes, thank you for asking.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

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

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  • Radimus Radimus on May 27, 2008

    If Cadillac gets their version of the Aveo I want one. Just for the sheer rediculousness of it.

  • Rudiger Rudiger on May 27, 2008
    radimus: "If Cadillac gets their version of the Aveo I want one. Just for the sheer rediculousness of it."Just think, they can give it leather seats along with a 'deluxe' grill, charge twice the price of an Aveo, and call it a Cimarron.
  • TomAnderson TomAnderson on May 28, 2008

    rudiger: Nah, it would have to be some lame three letter name in order to be consistent with the rest of the lineup (other than the 'Sclade, of course). May I suggest the POS?

  • Dharder Dharder on May 29, 2008

    So we're back to the same ol' same ol'. "I want one, too!" screams the poor stepchild of a division. I was excited for the G8, the G6 -- they're what Pontiac SHOULD be. And I thought they were on the right track. Nope. Apparently not.