The upcoming re-introduction of the Chevy Camaro has had some people speculating that a Pontiac Trans Am version could be in the future. Pontiac has also been lobbying for a version of the Camaro, but GM has rejected it.
Dealers were hoping that Pontiac would get a version of the car to drive traffic into the Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealers that are usually housed under the same roof.
According to Lynn Thompson, owner of Thompson Motor Sales in Springfield, MO “It was an economic situation and It would cost $200 million to bring out the vehicle.” (Trans Am)
Thanks to the new stricter fuel-economy regulations (CAFE) Pontiac is also not going to become a rear-wheel-drive performance division which was planned. Which means it is up in the air on how GM will position the brand.
This news means that the number of Zeta-based rear-wheel-drive vehicles is dwindling with the future of the Impala and LaCrosse up in the air. So far the only vehicle that still lives besides the Camaro is the G8 sedan.
Although Pontiac is not going to get a version of the Camaro, GM has promised the Pontiac, Buick and GMC dealers that 12 new models or special edition vehicles will be introduced over the next two years. GM is also going to boost GMC Enclave production up to 55,000 units annually.
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