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Two days ago, General Motors said that it would be killing off the Pontiac brand. Before the company had even finished its prepared statement, police squads across the country were moaning.

Here's why: once upon a time, the Ford Crown Victoria was the police car of choice, but some police departments have begun looking to replace their Crown Vic fleets--namely, with the Pontiac G8. The death of Pontiac meant the death of that beautiful, rear-wheel-drive dream.

But all is not lost. Since the G8 is really just a rebadged Holden Commodore, and since Holden is doing fine and dandy in its homeland of Australia, U.S. police departments could, theoretically, import G8s for their jurisdictions. And that's exactly what Australia's National Safety Agency is hoping they'll do. In fact, the NSA has partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department to prototype and refine the G8 for law enforcement use.

If a deal is brokered, it could give American police departments the opportunity to import up to 40,000 G8s per year (though they'd technically be badged as Chevrolets). The deal could go further, to include Canada, England, and the Middle East. So, as the saying goes: Pontiac is dead! Long live Pontiac!  

[source: MotorAuthority]

 
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  1. "More reason to keep this car around!"

    Keep the G8 as a Chevy!!! Do not let this awesome iconic American Muscle car die!!! This car could easily live on as a Chevy product. It does in other parts of the world!!! Anyone reading this Blog should sing a petition to keep Pontiac or some it’s products that are not found as other models at other GM brands in the same form (A.K.A. Badge Engineered). The G8 should live!!! Everybody visit this site to sign the “Save Pontiac” Petition! Give your comments to save this awesome car as a Chevy or whatever you feel it should be. Let the Car buying Public and Car enthusiasts speak! Let it be heard that we want cars that stir the soul and that cars like this shouldn’t completely die! Let GM here us!
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/4/save-pontiac-gms-true-performance-division
    If you don’t believe me read for yourself on Edmunds Insideline’s own Blog to see the words of the car buying public regarding their opinion abotu this car!
    http://blogs.edmunds.com/straightline/2009/04/should-the-g8-become-the-chevy-camaro-ss-sedan-.html
    Here’s more proof of how this car is revered at thecarconnection.com. Check out this article “Police Found Guilty Of Loving The Pontiac G8.” Here’s another opportunity for GM to capitalize on it’s heritage and enthusiast following.
    http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1020339_police-found-guilty-of-loving-the-pontiac-g8
     
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  2. "Mr"

    Or, the could just buy Dodge Chargers and save the atmosphere the trouble of shipping the Holden's halfway around the world. This would have the added bonus of sustaining the collectible status of my G8 GT
     
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  3. "Vehicles Worth Badge Engineering"

    I am with you Mark. The Pontiac G8 should be saved and badge engineered (a formerly common GM practice) into the Chevy Caprice, Monte Carlo, Chevelle, or Citation (this last name would be catchy because if you drive it to fast this is what you could end up getting too). The G8 has gotten rave reviews as a true sport sedan -- something that is in short supply at GM. Furthermore, the Pontiac Vibe should also be saved and become either the Chevy Nomad or Chevy Cruze -- thereby taking the place of the substandard offering planned and coming soon that will bear that name. The Pontiac Vibe is one of the few GM vehicles that has a predicted reliability rating of better to much better than average -- right up there with Toyota and Honda. We won't hold it against the Vibe that it really is a Toyota in disguise. With this being the case, it should not only be sustained but also touted, instead of being killed! Fritz Henderson foolishly stated that Pontiacs will not be badge engineered and sold in other GM divisions. I can't wait until the upcoming August shareholder's meeting. The broom will almost certainly be in full swing to sweep Fritz Henderson and the rest of GM senior managers and board members out the door for their prior and continuing bad decisions that have destroyed a corporation that took decades to build.
     
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  4. "G8 should be the next Impala"

    I'm very sad to see the G8 GO. I was hoping to buy either a brand new GT version or a slightly used GXP around 2012/2013 time line. But i guess that is not in the cards now. So here is the next best outcome for the G8: Discontinue the current Impala Sedan for 2010 and replace it with a version of the Pontiac G8.
    The G8 is a very well engineered car and it would serve as an excellent addition to the Chevy lineup.
    There could be three trim levels: LS, LT, & SS.
    LS Trim could be equipped with the new 3.0L direct Injection V6 rumored to have 255bhp & Improved MPG. LT could include more features in line with the current model and an optional upgrade to a 3.6L direct injection engine with output around 260 – 280 bhp and improved MPG.
    SS trim could come standard with leather seats, Nav, sunroof & the same 6.0L or, Dare I say, the 6.2L V8 currently in the G8 GXP good for 415hp with a stick shift! The Impala is at the end of its life cycle anyway and since GM really has no money for a brand new replacement car, the G8 would be a perfect fit. Also, I fully agree that GM should bring a 2door version of the car and call it the Chevelle to compete with the Challenger SE, RT and SRT8. Also, there is another Pontiac the should be saved and moved over to chevy and brought down market a bit: The Pontiac Solstice should move to Chevy Either keep the same name or rename
    Drop the convertible and only keep the coupe.
    Since no drop top, Weight & cost can be reduced accordingly. The new car should be given the Chevy interior treatment similar to the Cruze for product identity and commonality. The GXP Turbo should be dropped and the initial engine choice should be an improved Direct Injection ECOTECH 2.0L. Later in the product cycle, the 1.4L engine should be utilized. The new Vehicle should be brought down market to better compete with smaller cars such as the Miata. Price should start in the upper teens and top off around $25,000. The new car should be offered with a wide variety of custom accessories as well.
     
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  5. "Mr."

    I don't like the idea of using tax US payers' money to import G8, so a bunch of "enthusiasts" could enjoy the ride. If GM cannot produce/import/sell it profitably it should be taken of the market.
    "NSA has partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department to prototype and refine the G8 for law enforcement use"
    So, that's how L.A. government protects US workers???
     
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  6. "It's already a chevy"

    The Holden Commodore is sold as a Pontiac G8 in North America, a Vauxhaul VXR8 in the U.K, and Chevy Lumina and Caprice in the middle east. SAVE PONTIAC
     
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  7. G8 is one of the best cars GM ever made...I am also very sad to see it go...they do not know what they're doing...finally they made a car that combines stayle, performance, sport, speed and class all in one and willing to let go just like that that goes to teel everyone how stupid they are for making such deision...just keep the G8 and give it a differnt name all together....they can even name it Najwa ;;;;and they could stop using excuses ..brand new name...I have one of the first few hundreds that came in to the US in 2008 and it stil drives as if I just took out of the manufacture...drivers of all kinds of sports cars on the road are intimidated by the G8..I mean intimidated by how fast, smooth and quiet the car is.it is worth every penny I apid..for the money and the performance...no mercedes, no corvette..no BMWs or cadillac or charger or even the new Camaro stands a cance in front of the G8 ..it passes by like a ghost.. in some countries they gave it a nick name ghost..whether they keep it or not..this car is a legend and it will stay for years to come and icon...just love it...
     
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  8. When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox
    and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any manner you possibly can remove me from that service?
    Thanks!
     
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