I've read the comments about the Pontiac GTO. I'm old enough to remember why I sneered at American cars like the original GTO: big, fat, chrome, straight-line duds.
If old guys like me are complaining, who cares? They won't buy enough to make a real market, anyway. And who in Detroit would know enough about car trends to ever be quoted? That goes for sales managers, dealers or buyers. California is the market for that car, and California is where the lion's share of allocation should be going.
Look at the Tommy Kendall/Rhys Millen Speed Channel test drive of a new GTO (it completely blew the doors off the original on the drag strip), and
I think you will see just what is really there.
I have a 2000 C5 'Vette with 100,000 miles on it; this is the engine in the new GTO, and it is the real deal. 2004 style is NOT scoops, chrome and gigantic hood decals, a la the old Firebird. It is power, torque and true-Euro handling and braking with restrained (tasteful) exterior and interior.
This is a car to compete with BMW, Mercedes and Audi sedans (we have an A4 Avant, too) for the family, as well as the single guy.
I think you Automotive News writers should spend more time out here. Styling studios for all the world's cars are in Southern California; no Azteks were designed here.