No New Pontiac Trans Am, GM To Scale Back "Performance" In "Performance Division"

Automotive News is reporting that GM leadership told dealers in the Buick-Pontiac-GMC sales channel they'll be getting 12 new or "special edition" vehicles over the next 20 months — but one vehicle it won't be getting is a new Pontiac Trans Am. That's like getting a coin that's tails on one side and completely blank on the other — like geting Smokey without the Bandit — like getting Michael and no KITT. We mean seriously, where's the value in a new Chevy Camaro if there's no screamin' eagle Pontiac Trans Am? We're heartbroken. But maybe there'll still be a Firebird? Oh wait, there's more. GM muckety-mucks also told dealers...

..."because of new legislation requiring vehicles to reach a fleet average of 35 mpg by 2020, Pontiac might not end up as GM's performance division." So wait — if Pontiac's not going to be GM's performance division, then what purpose does it serve? We mean, GM needs a brand providing cheap-ass cars with no go and no show like it needs a hole in the head. But hey, dealers in the Buick-Pontiac-GMC sales channels should look on the bright side — they'll be getting six new or special-edition vehicles this year. That's right — like the special-edition GMC Sierra pickup called "Pro Grade." Oh yay. [via Automotive News]