When General Motors issued a digital press release detailing its 2010 lineup, we were intrigued by the fact that Pontiac, a brand destined for the scrapper at the tail end of 2010, only mentioned the Vibe. Did this mean the four-door hatchback, built in cooperation with Toyota, is the last Pontiac?
Not exactly, says Jim Hopson, media relations manager for the Pontiac/Buick/GMC conglomeration. The Vibe's lonely presence in the release is simply a sign that a 2010 Vibe will absolutely be sold to customers -- in fact, 2010 models have been rolling down the assembly line in Fremont, Calif., for approximately three weeks.
GM hasn't, however, established production schedules for the rest of Pontiac's lineup. 2010 models should begin rolling off all GM assembly lines later this summer, giving the brand some extra time to contemplate if a model should live or die. According to Hopson, there could still be a 2010 G3, G5,or G8, depending on when the final production dates are set. We'd imagine the G3 and G5 would be the strongest candidates for 2010 production, as information on the pair already exists on GM's online order guide. Similar data for the G8 and Solstice is nonexistent.
Pontiac has confirmed there will also be a 2010 G6, but it won't be offered to consumers. A small number will be built for the 2010 model year, but offered only to fleet customers (e.g. rental car agencies) as a sedan.