In 1988-89, Pontiac went European

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I am writing about your Nov. 5 story, "Lutz says BMW is Pontiac's new benchmark." Did you know that the European (BMW, Audi, etc.) style was Pontiac's approach in 1988-89?

For those years only, Pontiac's STE, off the 6000, had as standard all-wheel drive, with center differential that could be locked out; all-wheel antilock brakes, single key in driver's door to unlock all four doors simultaneously, steering-wheel radio controls, electronic level control and maybe more. I don't recall (although I do have a 1989 STE in storage).

I believe the Audi "sudden-acceleration" false accusation caused fainthearted General Motors to drop any attempt to market a European-type awd sport sedan, when a continued development program would have put GM at the head of the current awd/crossover vehicle interest.

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