"GMC and Pontiac Today Announced Pricing for Two New Models Arriving in Dealerships in Early 2009, Further Reinforcing the Channel's Reputation for Value Combined With Efficiency and Capability"

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
gmc and pontiac today announced pricing for two new models arriving in dealerships in

The channel? Don’t you just love it when corporate speak bleeds over into the consumer-o-sphere, leaving customers clueless as to WTF the company’s talking about? Of course, TTAC’s Best and Brightest know that GM has launched a cunning plan to cull its dealers/brands by combining dealers/brands into four “channels,” and then letting them meld indistinguishably to the point where the individual brands don’t mean squat and any dealer who can’t make the unworkable work dies. You know, in about ten years or so. [Note to Rick: why don’t you see how Congress likes THAT plan?] Anyway, Buick/Pontiac/GMC. And I know the suspense is killing you. Or them. Well, someone’s dying. Oh wait! I know! Sales of the GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck, which “combines the fuel efficiency of a midsize sedan with uncompromised full-size truck capability, $39,365 (including $975 DFC) for 2WD models with the 3HA package and $45,500 (including DFC) with the 3HB package.” No, hang on. Maybe it’s the “all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback, $14,995 (including $660 DFC).” “All new” in the sense of America’s first crack at the hatchback version of the execrable Chevrolet Aveo. Remember: Pontiac is car. Not excitement. So, how can sales die before a new model’s launched? Simply a case of GM doing the time warp again.

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  • Michael Karesh Michael Karesh on Nov 18, 2008

    It's a shame they can't just swap the grilles on some of the Aveos they've already made. Days supply is currently over 100. Then again, 100 isn't so bad these days. Days supply of the Saturn ASTRA: 411.

  • Geotpf Geotpf on Nov 18, 2008

    Let's see. A slow, expensive car, with poor MPG for it's class, no center armrest, a clock that only displays military time, and absolutely no advertising? Yeah, I'll believe they have over a year's supply of them gathering dust.

  • Mr. Sparky Mr. Sparky on Nov 18, 2008

    Actually, they streamlined it for the press release. I think it was originally more like: GMC and Pontiac today announced pricing for two new models arriving in dealerships [s]not already bankrupt[/s] in early 2009 [s] or 2010 or 2011[/s], further reinforcing the channel’s reputation for [s]badge engineering[/s] value combined with [s]in[/s]efficiency and [s]clueless[/s] capability

  • Jonathon Jonathon on Nov 18, 2008

    Pontiac/GMC has a reputation for value combined with efficiency and capability? This really is news.