The biggest puzzle in the Pontiac product lineup - the aging Sunfire - is still a puzzle, at least to dealers.
Several dealers said they asked at the make meeting what Pontiac will do to replace the small car in its lineup but received no specific answer.
Pontiac declined to add a small car based on General Motors' Delta small-car architecture. Chevrolet moved to the Cobalt, which debuts this year on Delta, to replace the Sunfire's sibling, the Cavalier.
But Pontiac will continue to sell the Sunfire for at least one year. Beyond that, dealer Todd Hyden of Ross Hyden Auto Superstore in Carlsbad, N.M., said, "the lineup remains a mystery."
He said Pontiac will continue to use the Vibe hatchback, which will be freshened for the 2005 model year, as part of its entry-level focus. Meanwhile, Pontiac dealers are being told to prepare to clear out Grand Ams to get ready for the launch of the replacement G6 this fall.
"We're being asked to take all of these Grand Ams," said one dealer, who asked not to be identified. "We're thinking that the G6 is coming so we don't want to take that many."
The dealer said he was disappointed by a "generic" response about what types of incentives would support the Grand Am sell-off.
But dealer Frank Bellavia of Arnold Buick-Pontiac-Saab in Arnold, N.Y., said he expects that GM is "going to be very aggressive" in moving out Grand Ams. Dealers and the division are eager to clear the way for the G6, which they see as likely to bump up volumes significantly over the Grand Am.
"The G6 is a volume car," Bellavia said. "The performance is back at Pontiac."
Dealers also are getting the Montana SV6 minivan, part of GM's attempt to redefine minivans as crossover sport vans by giving them trucklike front ends.