DETROIT (Jan. 7, 2009) — General Motors Corp. told dealers on Jan. 6 that it has decided to cancel the G8 ST sport truck that was due to launch late this fall.
The reason for killing the car is partly due to GM's "continuing vehicle review" to make the company viable for the long term, said Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson. That includes Pontiac becoming a "niche brand" as GM outlined in a plan to Congress late last year.
"With Pontiac being more focused on sporty, fun to drive cars, we took a long look at the ST and it didn't fit with what our future vision of Pontiac would be," Hopson said. "At that point, we decided to not proceed with this vehicle."
Pontiac launched the G8 sedan in March. The vehicle is built off the rear-wheel drive Zeta platform at GM's Australian unit, Holden.