Pontiac To Only Build 2,000 Pontiac G8 GXPs, Solstice Coupes

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Pontiac will only build 2,000 Pontiac G8 GXPs and Solstice Coupes, ever, Buick/GMC/Pontiac marketing chief Cheryl Catton just informed us. She also called them potential "collector items." Time to get to the Pontiac dealership while those still exist.

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This comment is going to be unpopular, but I will continue regardless...

As an outsider of the North American market, all I see is a Chevrolet with a big engine, and some sporty looks.This may be a very fun car, but I think its place in the market is filled by the CTS-V. Sure it's an expensive car, but these days only the rich can afford the luxury of a car with some soul.

Unfortunately, in these economic times what people want (and need) are appliances: bland, reliable, frugal cars are the ones that are easy to sell and hold their value well. Thus, I don't think GM (who of all companies cannot afford 'fun' projects) would be making the wrong decision in cancelling the G8 for now.

However, what I don't understand is why they would do a limited run. It's the worst of both worlds: you are using valuable capital for designing and building dies and parts, plus holding up a factory which could be building more popular cars. At the same time you're raising the cost of building the G8 (because you don't get the economies of scale), making an affordable sports car less affordable.