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|Pontiac Names Its All New Sport Truck|
|Written by Brandy Schaffels|
|Wednesday, 13 August 2008 23:00|
After sifting through more than 18,000 possibilities, Pontiac has chosen a name for its new sport truck. The announcement says the name was chosen "to keep it simple," and they ultimately named the recently revealed G8 sport truck the "G8 ST." Please forgive me for sounding underwhelmed here, but with EIGHTEEN THOUSAND ENTRIES, I would have expected something slightly more creative.
Thousands of fans -- yours truly, and even my stepdad, among them -- submitted suggestions during a "Tame the Name" promotion. The naming contest ended in April, though the final announcement was delayed until each possibility was considered and cleared for possible trademark use. I'd imagine with EIGHTEEN THOUSAND ENTRIES this might have been quite a tedious process.
"Frankly, we were blown away by both the volume and quality of the names that were submitted," said Craig Bierley, BPG product marketing director for cars and crossovers. " 'G8 ST' was one of the most popular suggestions, plus we noticed a far broader trend toward simple, easy-to-remember names."
"El Camino" was also a sentimental favorite, given the G8 ST's resemblance to the classic Chevy," said Bierley. (Well, duh. I know that's what me and my Dad submitted.) "We actually thought very long about El Camino," said Bierley. "In the end, we felt it was more appropriate to honor the El Camino's unique place as part of Chevy's heritage and not use that nameplate on a Pontiac." Oh Puhleaze: I hope this is really because they secretly intend to market a re-badged version of this trucklet under the Chevrolet nameplate. They could name that one quite easily without a contest: EL CAMINO, EL CAMINO, EL CAMINO!
The official contest rules originally said "ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: 2010 Pontiac G8 sport truck (the actual name of which has yet to be determined)" would be awarded, though the announcement I received did not identify who would take home the prize vehicle, which does now have a name, though I choose not to use it.
According to Pontiac, this vehicle represents the ultimate reflection of the blurring line between cars and trucks. Even though I don't care much for the name, Pontiac promises the new mumblemumble G8 ST mumblemumble will create a unique niche segment in the marketplace as a sports car with truck-like cargo and towing capabilities. Sharing the basic architecture and 361-hp V8 engine as the G8 GT performance sedan (thank goodness they didn't name that the G8 PS!), the trucklet will offer a 73.9-inch cargo bed capable of holding 42.7 cubic feet of cargo and also be strong enough to carry a payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kg) or tow a 3,500-pound (1,587 kg) trailer.
Thanks to its six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management system, the mumblemumble G8 ST mumblemumble also promises to offer some of the best fuel economy numbers for V8-powered vehicles with similar cargo/towing ratings while still turning in 0-to-60 times of 5.4 seconds.
The El Camino imposter, I mean, mumblemumble G8 ST mumblemumble will be available in late 2009 as a 2010 model and will be backed by GM's 100,000-mile, 5-year powertrain warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to availability, though the contest said "The Approximate Retail Value of the Grand Prize is no less than $27,595 and is based on the projected Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a 2008 Pontiac G8 Sedan." So based on this, I would expect the mumblemumble G8 ST mumblemumble to be priced no less than $27,595. Go figure.