Buick-Pontiac-GMC dealers got plenty of product news Monday at the three-brand make meeting.
General Motors executives told dealers that:
- Buick will get a "super" version of the LaCrosse. That's an "uplevel edition," said John Larson, general manager of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. It will include new front-end treatments, including a waterfall grille and V-8 engine. Larson said pricing has not been set.
- Pontiac will get the new 2007 G5, an entry-level coupe priced just under $15,000, before year end. GM expects to sell 20,000 G5s in its first year, dealers say.
- Pontiac will lose the Montana SV6 minivan at year end because it doesn't fit with Pontiac's branding.
- Buick will drop the Rainier SUV, Terraza minivan and Rendezvous crossover.
Executives told dealers that Pontiac sales should increase by 20 percent this year with the G6 selling close to 120,000 units.
GM will start producing the G5 coupe this summer. It will be built on the Delta small-car architecture used for the Chevrolet Cobalt at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant.
"We think the coupe had a significant amount of differentiation for our small-car products," Larson told Automotive News after the meeting. "We think it complements the Vibe."
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