Press Release :
2009 G3 Offers Sporty Functionality, Fuel Efficiency, Value
â€¢ Sporty, small five-door available in spring 2009
â€¢ Fuel-efficient 1.6L four-cylinder engine achieves 34 mpg
â€¢ Ãšncommonly high level of standard content, passenger room within Â§egmÃ¨nt
Expanding its portfolio in the rapidly growing small car Â§egmÃ¨nt, Pontiac announced plans to bring the sporty, five-door hatchback G3 to Ãš.S. showrooms early next year. When it arrives, the G3 will provide Pontiac with a total of four vehicles capable of more than 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Already successful in Canada (as the Pontiac G3 Wave) and Mexico (as a sedan model), the G3 offers an EPA estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway while providing the best shoulder and hip room in the Â§egmÃ¨nt for seating five adults.
â€˜The small car Â§egmÃ¨nt has literally exploded in recent months, with sales up nearly 33 percent in the first six months of 2008 alone,â€™ said Susan Docherty, vice president of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. â€˜With its proven success in other markets, we felt the time was right to bring the G3 into the BPG portfolio for our Ãš.S. customers.â€™
The 2009 G3 will join the all-new 2009 Vibe (32 mpg) and recently enhanced 2009 versions of the G6 sedan (33 mpg) and G5 coupe (37 mpg) in Pontiacâ€™s â€˜Over 30â€² club.
â€˜More than ever, fuel economy is an important factor in Pontiacâ€™s formula of style and performance,â€™ said Docherty. â€˜The Vibe, G3, G5, and G6 prove that you donâ€™t have to sacrifice sporty design and responsive driving to achieve impressive fuel economy.â€™
Generating 106 horsepower (79 kW), the G3â€²s 1.6L Ecotec four-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission. It will also feature an unusually rich mix of standard features for an entry-level car, including air conditioning, a CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input jack, fog lamps, rear spoiler, OnStar, and a host of standard safety features, including four airbags, that gain the G3 a five-star frontal crash rating.
Interior space is optimized to comfortably seat five adults, including â€˜theaterâ€™-style seating for rear seat passengers. The rear seats also feature a 60/40 split to offer up to 42 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Pontiac G3 will arrive in Ãš.S. showrooms in spring 2009 as a 2009 model and will be backed by GMâ€™s five-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to introduction.
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Source: Pontiac Press Release