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Pontiac GTO, Coupe
#18 of 28 Re: why is GTO being discontinued ? [midnightcowboy]
Sep 07, 2006 (9:50 am)
It was discontinued because GM Holden in Australia, which made the GTO for GM North America, is in the process of discontinuing their current V-body vehicles for their new VE chassis. The original contract between GMNA and GMH was for 3 years of GTO production, after which time GMNA would start building Holden VE-based vehicles here in North America.
Those vehicles were behind when that plan was shelved last March. It has subsequently been reborn (the new Camaro is part of that plan, but the vehicles we are getting are no longer exact copies of the VE chassis). Holden discontinued the Monaro at the end of 2005 since its LS1 motor no longer met Australia's emissions standards for 2006. Holden continued to build LS2-based vehicles for Holden Special Vehicles and Pontiac, until June 7 of this year.
The GTO was NOT discontinued because of slow sales; it was discontinued because its three-year contract was up. Holden and GMNA actually looking into continuing GTO production for 2007 and 2008, but the GTO did not meet the new 2007 smart airbag standards, and it would have been a significant cost (plus many crash tests) to re-engineer the vehicle to do so. In light of the end of the V-chassis and the expense, they elected to let the 3 year contract run out.
GMH built approximately 14,000 2006 GTO's for GM (in 8 months of production), after ~11,000 2005's (in 9 months of production) and ~16,000 2004's (in 11 months of production)...
Pontiac may get a vehicle off the new Global RWD platform that's being used for the Camaro. They might also get another imported Holden. Whether the vehicles are coupes or sedans are not known. One rumor is that the next GTO will again be a rebadged Monaro, built in Australia (if so, MY2009). Another option may be that Holden's SS-V sedan comes here as a Pontiac (MY 2008 or 2009). Another possibility is that GMNA may produce a Pontiac coupe or sedan on the same assembly line as the Camaro, but not until the 2010 model year.
I think we'll know more after the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. I will be there to see whatever Pontiac concept is shown (at this point, it's pretty certain there will be something there).
#19 of 28 Re: why is GTO being discontinued ? [hammen2]
Sep 07, 2006 (10:15 am)
Also be aware that Revenge Design and Lingenfelter Performance have purchased 1000+ GTO'Monaros to be "maggie supercharged" and outfitted here in the states (Decatur, In)beginning next year...........see/plug link below:
#21 of 28 Re: why is GTO being discontinued ? [dickc]
Sep 12, 2006 (10:08 am)
Here's their web site...those cars look aggressive...ME LIKEY!!!
Any idea if this would void the GM bumper to bumper warranty?
#22 of 28 Re: why is GTO being discontinued ? [fenwah]
Sep 13, 2006 (4:34 am)
As for the engine work, Magnuson-Moss Act allows you bolt-ons with no warranty deletions by manufacturers. However, your bolt-ons can not mess with emmissions. Magna Charger Superchargers, which is what they're installing, are simple bolt-ons and street legal in all 50 states.
#24 of 28 Re: Blown! [innerware]
Feb 02, 2008 (7:55 am)
Hey I'm back after so long.How did u end up going? What did u buy?
#25 of 28 There is no Future..........................mparis1
Feb 17, 2008 (7:26 pm)
Sorry...it is over ..enjoy while you can ......
#26 of 28 Re: There is no Future..........................mparis1 [mparis1]
Feb 17, 2008 (9:36 pm)
What do you mean it's all over? So you never ended up buying anything? Never too late!