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Old 04-27-2009, 10:27 AM   #13
Tristar Racing
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Looking at all the past generation Pontiacs sold in the Chicago-land area, Pontiac was not the problem. The problem started when Bob Lutz got a bug up his butt about making Pontiac the US version of BMW. They created cars so out of step with what buyers were used to, they walked away. The cars still were not good enough though to draw the customers they wanted away from imports.

Hence they lost the loyal customers, and didnt gain many new ones. The same thing happened with Saturn.

Let this be a lesson to every domestic company. Magazines and publications may rag on your products. (Body cladding, ribbing on cars, fwd, etc) But changing the product to satisfy the car magazines does not mean success. I would not want to be a domestic car company, as auto enthusiasts we often forget what the simple common non-car-person buyer really wants in this country...

Edit: I just saw this article:

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/27/autos/pontiac_obit/

Pontiac, even with a product line that confused customers, still outsold Buick and Cadillac. I am aware Buick sells well in Asia, but this still adds confusion to the decision...
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Last edited by Tristar Racing; 04-27-2009 at 10:33 AM.
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