2009 Pontiac G3 Officially Unveiled

Automobile Staff
2009 Pontiac G3 Side View

Although the EPA spoiled the surprise weeks ago by publishing the car's fuel economy online, GM would still like to announce this - the subcompact 2009 Pontiac G3.

If it looks like a Chevrolet Aveo, it's because it is an Aveo.; While Americans have become accustomed to the Daewoo product wearing a bow-tie, Pontiac's sold the same vehicle with its emblems and split-grille in both Canada and Mexico for the past three years.; CAFE mandates, coupled with an increased demand in fuel-efficient small cars, prompted product planners to bring the G3 (aka "Wave" in Canada) to the U.S.

As the G3 uses the same 106-hp 1.6-liter I-4 as the Aveo, coupled either to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, the EPA figures are nearly identical - 27/34 mpg city/highway for a manual transmission car; 25/34 for one equipped with the automatic.

Pontiac hopes to discern its version from Chevrolet's by adding fog lamps, and air-conditioning as standard equipment.; Look for the G3 to arrive at dealers across the U.S. by the spring of 2009.

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