The Detroit auto show was fabulous this year. The concept cars were beautiful, as usual, but I get more excited viewing the debuts of actual products.
This year, the vehicle that left me with the strongest feelings was the 2004 Pontiac GTO.
The feelings are not positive, and the reason is that I am a huge car enthusiast, a big General Motors fan, and I believe that Pontiac is the most exciting of brands.
The 2004 GTO is uninspiring, looks bland and reminds me of the Cadillac Catera.
Pontiac has such a huge reputation for excitement, and the heritage of the GTO is anything but uninspiring.
The arsenal of styling and design cues from the GTO era is endless. Retro is in. The Pontiac GTO has the ammunition, and GM has the capability.
I sincerely hope that GM does not tarnish the Pontiac nameplate and GTO heritage by offering such a mundanely styled vehicle.
I am sure that the car is powerful and handles well, but you will never get me in the driver's seat, let alone the showroom, if I can't get past the styling - or the lack thereof.