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    GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    GM, which has cut costs for nearly four years as U.S. sales declined, said it was prepared to cut jobs, dealers and brands. It said it would try to sell Saab, phase out its mass-market Pontiac brand and talk to Saturn dealers about discontinuing that brand.

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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    While I feel that this kind of major restructuring is necessary at GM, I was sort of surprised to see Saturn mentioned as a brand to be cut. Maybe somebody who knows the company a little better can provide some input, but isn't Saturn actually one of the more successful brands within GM?



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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    Saturn is largely, IMO, a failure. It was an attempt by GM to "start from scratch" to compete with the imports, without the overhead of their existing operations. They made (make) fair to mediocre cars that could (can) never compete with the imports because GM, quite frankly, just doesn't "get it".

    If you want to see why you shouldn't give Detroit a bailout, I think Saturn is the best place to start. It shows just how bad the culture is in Detroit, and that's the fundamental problem. Even given a "clean slate", it's been a failure.

    The best thing that could happen to the Big 3 is Chapter 11, and massive downsizing/splitting them up.

    I also don't see why they are so obsessed with the GMC brand, but that's a whole different story.


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbahotep View Post
    GM, which has cut costs for nearly four years as U.S. sales declined, said it was prepared to cut jobs, dealers and brands. It said it would try to sell Saab, phase out its mass-market Pontiac brand and talk to Saturn dealers about discontinuing that brand.

    Link? Source?



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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    Holy crap, my good buddy is the gm of Saturn of Des Moines - wow if true.


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    I need a fast $4b to survive also, and I do not lose as much money on a daily basis as they do. So the government should loan me the money and I will repay it sooner.


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    Holy crap, my good buddy is the gm of Saturn of Des Moines - wow if true.

    tell him to bail fast


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    I think GM would be better off cutting Buick than Pontiac, but that's just me...


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    I believe the GM For Chevy was on the Today show this morning and was asked why they continue to have both GMC and Chevy when most of the trucks are almost exactly the same. The guy beat around the bush and gave no real answer to the question. I thought it was a good point.


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I think GM would be better off cutting Buick than Pontiac, but that's just me...
    Buick is a big seller in China, don't know why, but it is. I'll miss Pontiac, Satun, not so much


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I think GM would be better off cutting Buick than Pontiac, but that's just me...

    What are the 60+ folks going to drive then??



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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    I've always had good luck with Pontiacs. Interesting development.


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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    surprised at pontiac too... would think GMC or Buick would go first..



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    Re: GM to phase out Pontiac, Saturn

    And GMs plans only call for them to cut 8 out of 48 models.


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