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Fresh off the Boat: 2008 Pontiac G8 Arriving in the U.S.

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Old 01-18-2008, 05:36 AM   #1
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Fresh off the Boat: 2008 Pontiac G8 Arriving in the U.S.


http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=124400
SANTA MONICA, Calif. With Job 1 officially behind them, the first shipment of 2008 Pontiac G8s is currently floating its way from Australia to the United States. A total of four ships will soon arrive in Northern California's Benicia port, with the first ship expected on January 28. Aboard will be 1,800 new G8 sedans, a 50/50 mix of the 3.6-liter V6 G8 and the 362-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 G8 GT.

The G8 is expected to arrive in Pontiac showrooms by March 1, with West Coast dealers likely to receive their cars first due to the San Francisco Bay Area arrival port. General Motors used the same port for the Australian-built Pontiac GTO that GM imported briefly from 2004-'06. Pontiac says it will have 7,000 G8s on U.S. soil at launch, and expects to reach an annual sales volume of 40,000 cars in a full production year.

Customers won't necessarily have to wait for the G8 of their choice to be configured on the Australian production line, but instead may choose a G8 that is already in transit. Craig Bierley, Pontiac marketing director said, "The dealers and plant are so far apart, orders would take a lot of time. Instead, we've configured cars 11 different ways, and dealers will be able to use a "tagging tool" to choose cars that are already on the boat and reduce the order lead time."

With few available options, the top-of-the-line G8 GT tops out just under $33,000.


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Hell yeah, Im waiting on my m6 and Ill be good to go!
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Its gonna be a long wait for those of us wanting an mn6. Pontiac has said they don't know when or if they will offer the G8 with a manual.
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I like these cars a lot. If money wasnt an issue, I'd probably spring for a GT or wait a year or two and see if they'll release a GXP version. For now, I'll wait for the un-expecting, un-educated G8-GT owner to try and tear me a new one... I'm lucky to be living in the SF Bay Area, I'll get to race them first .
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I got this from G8board.com, I have heard the manual will be available at the end of the 08 model year. Which is in mid to late summer....

Both the 5 and 6 speed automatic transmissions were impressive. Both have a sport mode and tap shift selection. With the manual gear selection the car can start off in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd gear - just in case you are in a snowy situation. We had a short disccussion on an option for a full manual 6 speed transmission. It is no surprise that it will not be an option at the product launch. If you are into rowing gears you should be able to purchase a manual equipped G8 in the 2008 calendar year.
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Fresh off the Boat: 2008 Pontiac G8 Arriving in the U.S.


http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=124400
SANTA MONICA, Calif. With Job 1 officially behind them, the first shipment of 2008 Pontiac G8s is currently floating its way from Australia to the United States. A total of four ships will soon arrive in Northern California's Benicia port, with the first ship expected on January 28. Aboard will be 1,800 new G8 sedans, a 50/50 mix of the 3.6-liter V6 G8 and the 362-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 G8 GT.

Well, its Jan. 28th!!! Has anybody seen pictures of the cars arriving?
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http://pontiacunderground.autos.yaho...log.php?id=401

there ya go G8 straight off the boat.
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