The changing face of GM.Now that GM executives have released their survival plan, the question remains: "What happens to the General's current--and future--lineup?" Though insiders say the details are still in flux (e.g., the fate of Saturn--sale or shutdown?), some plans are coming into focus. Though executives wanted to kill off the Pontiac brand entirely, arrangements to combine the Buick, GMC GMC
See: Guaranteed Mortgage Certificate and Pontiac brands under one roof were so far along they eliminated that possibility. As a result, Pontiac will be a more sharply focused performance niche brand with a limited number of vehicles drawn from around the GM empire.
In the near term, Pontiac will retain the G8 sedan and G8 ST sport truck, Solstice solstice (sŏl`stĭs) [Lat.,=sun stands still], in astronomy, either of the two points on the ecliptic that lie midway between the equinoxes (separated from them by an angular distance of 90°). convertible and coupe, and G6. (It is unclear what will happen to the Vibe, which is built in cooperation with Toyota at the NUMMI NUMMI New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
NUMMI New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. plant in California, after the current generation is done, though the current model was introduced in the fall of '07, so it is fairly fresh.) The G5, a mildly disguised Chevy Cobalt, and the G3, a copy of the Chevy Aveo, will disappear entirely from the lineup, but it is in 2012 that things really will begin to change. That is when the current Kappa platform (Solstice/Saturn Sky) is due for replacement. The Alpha platform--a small rear-drive architecture scheduled to debut in 2011 as the Cadillac BLS The Cadillac BLS is a compact executive car designed specifically for the European market by the Cadillac marque of General Motors. The car is based on GM's Epsilon architecture and is built in the same plant in Trollhättan, Sweden, that builds the Saab 9-3 and the Saab 9-5. replacement--will have its job description expanded to include the next Solstice, a specialty coupe for Buick, and possibly a folding hardtop coupe A hardtop coupe is a car that has a structural roof. Such a car has no B-pillars to support the roof, requiring the roof to be stronger than in a normal car, and thus a structural member. As a coupe, it is generally a two-door vehicle. for Cadillac. Some inside GM say the platform also could be used to build a rear-drive replacement for the G6.
Originally, the G8 was to be joined by a rear-drive Chevy Impala impala, species of antelope, Aepyceros melampus, closely related to the gazelle and found in the savannah and bush country of E and S Africa. It is the antelope most commonly depicted in illustrations and in motion pictures. and an extended-wheelbase variant at Buick. However, tighter fuel economy standards forced the Chevy from the lineup, and Buick dealers didn't respond well to a rear-drive car developed for the Chinese market. As a result, Chevrolet may stretch and widen the Malibu to replace the current Impala, and Buick is keeping the Lucerne Lucerne (lsûrn`), Ger. Luzern (ltsĕrn`), canton (1993 pop. on a front-drive platform for the time being. However, insiders say all future Buicks sold in North America will be designed and developed for the lucrative Chinese market, and then tuned for U.S. market tastes.
The G8 ST sport truck will be replaced by a production version of the GMC Denali XT concept within the next four years. GMC's lineup will continue to shrink as the Lambda-based Acadia replaces the body-on-frame Envoy in 2009. There are no plans at present to shift full-size pickup and SUV production to the Chevrolet brand. If that happens, look for GMC to rebadge the Acadia as a Yukon. Cadillac is also planning a Lambda-based replacement for the Escalade es·ca·lade
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