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#61 of 66 Re: Favorite brand going away (PONTIAC) [andys120]
Apr 28, 2009 (4:26 am)
If GM had a lick of sense, they'd slap the Aussie nose on the G8 and sell it as
a Buick Wildcat or a Chevy Impala, or both!
Unfortunately what they'll probably do is fix the few minor problems with the car (some people complain about the interior quality, and I don't think the stick has a very wide availability), get the car absolutely perfect, and then dump it.
#62 of 66 Re: Favorite brand going away (PONTIAC) [andys120]
Apr 28, 2009 (5:34 am)
I think a Buick Wildcat would be a great revival for a make that has earned the reputation of being nothing more than calm transportation for older people who want a different car in beige, but I personally think a high performance Buick would step on Cadillac's toes. I mean, who would buy a current DTS or STS if there were a 360hp Buick that would probably be less expensive. People might even pass on a CTS because a Wildcat based on the G8 would have a V8 and is bigger (save for the much more expensive supercharged V version).--My guess if Buick used the G8 platform they would replace the Park Avenue, but even then offering it with a V8 might eat into Cadillac sales and if they only offered the V6 to avoid that, it would be a waste of a good platform, sell poorly, and sink Buick further into the realm of the forgotten...just speculating.
#63 of 66 Re: Favorite brand going away (PONTIAC) [cbrowder]
Apr 28, 2009 (11:34 am)
I mean, who would buy a current DTS or STS if there were a 360hp Buick that would probably be less expensive
Buick has always competed with Cadillac at the margins and must continue to do so if it is to remain viable. A rebadged G8 would not compete with the DTS which appeals to a geriatric group that prefers larger size and FWD (never mind that most live in the Sunbelt!). Vis-avis the STS it's a question of whether you prefer luxury over performance or vice versa.
Rebadging it is a Park Avenue would imply a more luxurious less sporty alternative.
#64 of 66 Re: Favorite brand going away (PONTIAC) [andys120]
Apr 28, 2009 (3:40 pm)
I think Buick could use a personal luxury type car for image and press coverage, but I don't know if GM can afford it. I'd like to see an upscale coupe and convertible like Riviera and Skylark??? Bathe the body in some nicely placed chrome and lather the interior in nice leather with a great instrument panel. Now you've got a good compliment to the forthcoming LaCrosse that can use some of the same companents underneath!
#65 of 66 Re: Favorite brand going away (PONTIAC) [berri]
Apr 28, 2009 (3:49 pm)
That's a nice idea but sadly coupes don't seem to sell any more. Caddy may introduce a two-door CTS, if it does well maybe we could see a new Riviera or Skylark.
#66 of 66 Re: Favorite brand going away (PONTIAC) [andys120]
Apr 28, 2009 (3:53 pm)
I saw a prototype of the CTS coupe and that it was rather stunning. I think their new design chief (Wellburn?) has a lot of potential.