Pontiac’s G8 Revealed
GM continues to leverage its global resources with the introduction of the new Pontiac G8, a rear-wheel-drive sedan developed by its Australian Holden division. Unveiled during the Chicago Auto Show, the new G8 is set to replace the Pontiac Grand Prix after 2008 and is based on the GM Zeta platform, which was created for the Holden VE Commodore in Australia. Available as a G8 and a G8 GT, the cars come with 6-airbags, including full-length curtain airbags, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports body kit, power-adjustable front seats, cloth seats and a 7-speaker audio system, featuring a satellite radio system. Plus, the G8 GT will feature “Active Fuel Management,” which allows a V6 or V8 engine to “turn off” half of the cylinders under light-load conditions to improve fuel economy. EPA tests show a 6-to-8 percent improvement in fuel economy, but real-world highway use promises even larger gains.
Reporter’s Notes: My thanks to General Motors for inviting us to cover the Chicago Auto Show. They paid for our flight, meals and accomodations, plus provided access to high level spokespeople, engineers and designers for interviews, yet required no restrictions, review or edit control of our content prior to publishing.