posted on Jan, 19 2017 @ 12:47 PM
a reply to: hounddoghowlie
I think you misunderstood what I meant, or perhaps I didn't make it very clear. I wasn't trying to say that Pontiac was GM's only performance brand.
When they got bailed out in 2008, they had to make a choice to drop some of their brands. The government wouldn't give them the money otherwise, and
they actually wanted them to drop down to only Chevy and Cadillac. Pontiac was put on the chopping block because for years they hadn't made anything
really remarkable, and wasn't profitable.
Right before they were dropped, they were trying to make Pontiac a performance-oriented brand, changing the lineup to have beefier engines and include
more rear wheel drive cars. They were well on their way to that when they made the G6, G8, and GTO in their final years.
The fact is that now, without the Pontiac lineup, GM doesn't have much to offer to the performance niche. Sure, they have the Camaro and Corvette, and
a couple years back the SS, but they're all still fairly pricey. They have no lower-end performance vehicles, like the G6. I drive a Chevy Sonic, but
it's an economy car with bucket seats and a turbo. It's not fast, it just looks cool and gets good gas mileage. I'm not a big fan of the Camaro right
now, but if they had Firebirds/Trans Ams, I'd be buying a brand new one this year. I know it would be the same engine as the Camaro and all, but
Pontiac had a unique style. And I agree, they should take more styling cues from the 60's. The Challenger is awesome, it's just too bad it's a FIAT
Hopefully I cleared up what I meant by the performance niche. I meant what was offered today, not what has been in the past.
edit on 19-1-2017
by Aldakoopa because: (no reason given)