By on April 10, 2011

Ben writes

Sorry if this is not the right way to send something, but this car has been bugging me. It is obviously a disguise job because it was on a TV show. But I have not been able to put my finger on what is beneath the modified design. My best guess is a Pontiac G6, but some of the lines just dont match up. THIS IS DRIVING ME NUTS!

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52 Comments on “Stump The Best And Brightest: TV Star, Incognito Edition...”


  • avatar

    Looks like a last-gen Hyundai Sonata front clip (minus the grille) grafted onto a Pontiac G6.

  • avatar
    mazder3

    Looks to be a G6 to me, with a smoothed out front.
    http://image.motortrend.com/f/9988658/112_0807_05z+2009_pontiac_G6_GXP+front_three_quarters_view.jpg

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    The headlights look very Japanese, the grill looks like an old Chrysler design, and the back end looks like a previous generation Pontiac.
     
    My first thought was that it was some sort of older Lexus, Mazda, or Acura, but I’m not sure how much is original and how much is disguised.

  • avatar

    First I thought 2006 or so G6.

    https://invimg.autofunds.com/InventoryImages/2009/07/01/215_75293_76445758_1325301322009.jpg

    Then I found the 2010. It has the ghost of a line down the center hood

    http://www.pontiacpic.com/pontiac/car/pictures/2010/09/pontiac-g6-sedan-2009-car-wallpaper.jpg

    AND the sharp outward flared rear wheel arches.

    http://www.yiparts.com/2008/pic/modelpic/PONTIAC/G64doorsedan/200905160605558000.jpg

    CTRL ++++++ those images and you’ll see the body moldings, radio antenna (center mount front), etc. All point to this conclusion.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    Fusion of G6 and Aura?  Dead brand sandwich.

  • avatar
    BuzzDog

    The greenhouse, doors and OnStar antenna seem to indicate G6, but as others note the front clip has been camoflagued (with fake panels or digitally).

    For some reason, generic vehicles in movies and on TV distract me from the story. I’d almost prefer the mythical lands of yesterday’s Hollywood, where everyone drove the same make of vehicle (and the marque got a “Vehicles Furnished by…” plug in the closing credits).

    • 0 avatar
      SV

      It really distracts me from a story if the cars in the background don’t match up with the setting. It’s a very nitpicky thing since 99% of the audience will never notice, but it bugs me when, for example, you’re watching a movie set in, say, 1995…and a 2007 Honda Civic drives by in the background.

      • 0 avatar
        OliverTwist

        My biggest peeve is that the scenery in the film is supposed to take place in other part of the world but the vehicles are clearly US vehicles.
         
        The worst offence is LOST. It had lot of “mirror-reverse” scenes where the actors drove the right-hooker Ford Econolines even though the Econolines in reality were never factory-built with right-hand-drive configuration or ever sold in Australia through Ford Australia sales channel. Ditto for the scenes that are supposed to take place in South Korea, but the vehicles had compulsory US lighting regulations (i.e. side running lamps with retroreflective markers, taillamps with red turn signal indicators, etc.) even though South Korea had adopted the UN-ECE automotive safety regulations.
         
        They are like 100 million watt spotlight glaring into your eyes…
         
         

      • 0 avatar
        SV

        Dunno if you’ve heard of Caprica, but it was a constant amusement to pick out Honda Civics, Merc SLKs and the like on a show that’s supposed to take place on another planet, 150,000 years in the past.

        Admittedly those were just background cars, the ones shown more prominently were quirky cars like Tatras and DS19s that the average American TV-watcher would never recognize, which shows they were at least aware of the issue.

    • 0 avatar
      BuzzDog

      Yeah, but on the other hand I used to get a chuckle out of “The Andy Griffith Show,” where EVERYBODY drove a Ford product (with an occasional Mercury or Lincoln). Or early episodes of “Bewitched,” where everyone – including heads of Madison Avenue ad agencies – drove Chevrolets (rare exception was an occasional Cadillac). Or “My Three Sons,” where it was an all-Chevrolet world, then all Pontiac. Or “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which was all Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth (except for the Clampett’s truck). And on and on…

      • 0 avatar
        gottacook

        Let’s not forget the Pontiacs throughout I Dream of Jeannie. The last of them to appear regularly on the show was a ’69 Firebird.

      • 0 avatar

        I will admit that I catch the odd Desperate Housewives whilst procrastinating, and I have to say, that show ROCKS at car placement…its actually one of the few reasons I bother with it. None of the “housewives” have the same brands of car, and a lot of them have stayed “loyal” to certain brands over the years. One always drives a Volvo (XC70 > new XC70 > XC60), one drives a Lexus LS, one always drives new Mercedes-Benzes, one has a Lincoln MKX, then Cadillac, another has always had a Nissan sedan (Maxima > Altima > Maxima) and some type of family car (Ford Flex?). Seriously, they must make a fortune on product placement, but it is one of the few shows where it is actually done very well.
        Btw, anyone remember Alias? The not-so-subtle Ford turn GM placement? The only show in which a SAAB 9-7x starred.

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        On the Brady Bunch they all drove Chrysler products. Mrs had a nice Satellite Wagon and Mr had a Barracuda Conv’t. A very rare vehicle today. There was an episode where Bobby tore a hole through the top with an unbrella while at the drive in movie. 

    • 0 avatar
      Japanese Buick

      What really distracts the hell out of me is when they blur small insignficant things on reality shows. Like the license plates on cars, or the phone number on a tradesman’s truck, or the logo on someone’s shirt or ballcap. It’s really dumb and it’s also getting very pervasive, especially on the Discovery Channel and similar cable networks.

      • 0 avatar
        BuzzDog

        Some of the shows on HGTV even go so far as to blur out artwork on the walls of homes, presumably because of copyrights on certain prints. But you see similar things – unblurred – in home magazines…go figure.

  • avatar
    gcwieser

    Agree with the G6 conclusion. Note how only the right light is shopped.

  • avatar
    LeBaron

    Just another jelly bean with wheels. Pretty much demonstrates the problem with “modern” auto design.

  • avatar

    The wheels look pretty GM

  • avatar
    James2

    The sad thing is they couldn’t get some manufacturer to pony up a few bucks to sponsor the show. Chevy is all over “Hawaii 5-0” with Camaros, Cruzes and police Impalas.

  • avatar

    I don’t think they forgot the right headlight–what you’re seeing is (I think) a reflection of the window on the house.

    Edit: I have way too much time on my hands. The camera angle is a little off, but close enough. http://imgur.com/3Qwss

  • avatar
    SV

    It’s just a G6 with a retouched driver side headlamp and grille, I don’t think they took anything from other cars.

    The better question is, why did they bother to change the car at all? I always figured the most you needed to do on TV was take the badge off, if that.

  • avatar
    joe_thousandaire

    Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
    Like a G6, Like a G6.

  • avatar
    The Walking Eye

    Before I read the letter, I thought, “Has to be a Pontiac.” That stupid cladding strip down the side gives it away, plus the OnStar antenna. Found a pic that nearly matches the angle. I concur with others that the grille was de-kidneyed.

    G6, for sure. http://www.myride.com/images/2007/Pontiac/G6_Staff/400/07_Pontiac_G6_27.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      doctor olds

      @The Walking Eye- Opinion’s a bit out of date. G6 never had cladding.
      It has an optional side moulding, but no cladding. They stopped making heavily clad Grand Am in 2004.

  • avatar
    MrFixit1599

    Every TV show should just use the 2011 Mediocrity.  The PERFECT car.

    http://www.subaru.com/content/static/fightmediocrity/index.html

  • avatar
    Philosophil

    Maybe it’s just some generic BYD look-a-like?

  • avatar
    CraigSu

    Now that the car seems to be sorted out, the next question is, “On what TV show did said car appear?”.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Wild Guess.  George Lopez (his sitcom.)  Or perhaps I merely have Constance Marie (the woman who played his wife) on the brain.  Forgive me I have a Latina obsession. 

      • 0 avatar
        CraigSu

        I was thinking the same thing but I couldn’t remember his last name.  I’ve never watched his show except for the last brief moments.  You see, it comes on just before my Star Trek: Next Gen reruns weeknights at midnight.

  • avatar
    zerop

    I had sent this in a few weeks ago (maybe more). It is from the show Still Standing. I was watching it and had to rewind the dvr as soon as I saw this scene. I just stared at the paused screen trying to figure out what car this was (because like many of you, all I could think was this was too much camo work for a 30 sec scene). So I wasn’t convinced that it was a heavily chopped & screwed Frankenstein car and thought there may be a model I was overlooking (but trust me, after looking on wikipedia at each model in the G6 family/grand am family, I figured it had to be heavily altered). Because this was from sitcom, I also think it is safe to rule out CG/altered video, as that seems to be overkill as well (it was from actual video footage, so there would be more work then just photoshoping a still image).
    Regardless, thanks for the help ha.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    That’s an early Pontiac G6 with the early GXP 17″ wheels (actually is probably an early GXP, but I can’t tell for sure as I really can’t see the fog lamps and of course the schnozz has been melded), and the OnStar/XM rubber ducky on the forward edge of the roof. It looks like a 2008 version. GM started changing the GXP jewelery after 2007. The GM “chiclet” on the lower portion of the front door molding is another dead giveaway that it’s post 2006. They obviously applied a little post production magic on the nose of the car.

  • avatar
    supremebrougham

    That is without a doubt a Pontiac G6. Look closely and you can see the little GM chicklet on the door.
     
    Now the bigger question is why go through the trouble???
     
    Have you ever noticed when watching a typical sitcom and the subject comes up of buying a car how they will show the characters looking at actual brochures of real cars, but they NEVER mention a car by name??? Or, how about when they are shown at a new car showroom, the brands are NEVER mentioned???
     
     

    • 0 avatar
      segfault

      Ah, yes, the mark of excrement!

    • 0 avatar
      FromaBuick6

      It’s all about product placement.  Generally, if they mention the name or display the badging, thats advertising and the manufacturer has to pay them.  Or the manufacturer might not approve of the use.  Same goes beer, breakfast cereals, etc.  It’s not always the case, and it seems most prevalent in traditional, formulaic sitcoms filmed “live before a studio audience.”

      Sometimes they have fun with it.  “Wagon Queen Family Truckster,” “6000 SUX,” etc.

  • avatar
    Doc

    I am guessing that it started as a G6 but someone used some body filler and spray paint to change the front end. The grill looks like it has a piece of black tar paper behind it.
    I cannot imagine the props department spending a lot of time grafting different parts on. It takes surprisingly little to “read” good on camera.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    Looks like a post-production digital edit.  And it’s so poorly done, it’s hard to believe that got approved for airing.  Since it’s on ABC Family, I wonder if it was done later for syndication.

    Also, how could you not tell that’s a Pontiac G6?  Perhaps ditching the split grille just shows what a genericar it really is.  Or maybe the fact that I can instantly recognize unmemorable garbage like the G6 proves I spend way too much time looking at cars.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    They always do this if there is no product placement or a free ad for a brand. Many times they remove emblems. I remember an old AMMCO commercial with a disguised grill.   

  • avatar
    iNeon

    Sally Struthers won this car from Oprah. Jami Gertz went to the car to get her sweater and wasn’t present at the give-a-way, Hilarity ensued. It’s a G6.

    I’ve always liked the genericized cars on TV. It’s Camrytopian Shangri-La. So American.

  • avatar
    doctor olds

    It’s a G6 with digitally altered face, that’s all.
    The G6 is a great car and was selling well until GM ran out of money to refresh it. We’ve had several among family and friends and everyone loved them. Great reliability and the G6 V6 beat 4 cyl import’s  fuel economy in the first few years.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    My favorite example of a show where the cars were under a product-placement contract is Charlie’s Angels, where all the featured cars are Fords.  There are quite a few Youtube videos featuring the cars of Charlie’s Angels. (Why the CARS?)  Here’s a link to a video featuring Jill (Farrah) and here Mustang II Cobra.    http://youtu.be/_OtvSLLOx6g
    It must have been a lot of work getting these emission-controls era cars to convey the appearance of speed, especially Sabrina’s Pinto.
     
     

  • avatar
    gslippy

    It just looks like an 06-10 Hyundai Sonata to me.

  • avatar
    nova73

    Kind of reminds me of the old insurance commercial that featured the “Anycar.”  The Anycar was a cobbled up composite of a dozen different models.  I really wanted my dad to buy one.  Anyone remember which company placed the ad?

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    The Cadillacs in the second Matrix film drove me nuts. They had a first gen CTS which IIRC had all of 220hp, shown performing as if it was a CTS-V. Then the bad guys chase in *surprise* another Cadillac, this time the Cadillanche. The placement was so blatant I’m surprised they didn’t have the actors say something like “Wow, great car. If we don’t die, let’s head down to our local Cadillac dealer and buy one!”.
     
    Pretty pathetic when compared to the cool Lincoln from the first film.
     

  • avatar
    shortthrowsixspeed

    everyone is dead on with the G6, but that snoz looks like it was lifted from a Saab to me . . .

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