GM Plays Matchmaker for Pontiac, Saturn Owners

By Colin Bird  on November 23, 2010

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Saturn and Pontiac were officially dissolved at the end of October when GM terminated all franchise agreements with its dealerships for the brands. To keep Pontiac and Saturn owners in the GM universe, the automaker has set up websites that play matchmaker for them and their next car.

On each site, GM will match your current ride with a new vehicle. The catch is it will only match you with a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, which leads to some interesting matches. For instance, selecting a Saturn Aura will match you to a Chevrolet Malibu, Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal and Cadillac CTS. The Malibu and Regal are the closest to the Aura in terms of cost. If you have a Pontiac Montana, the website will suggest GM’s large to midsize crossovers such as the Chevy Traverse and GMC Terrain. GM currently has no minivan offerings.

The Pontiac website lists 14 recently produced Pontiac models, going back to the 1998 model year, and the Saturn website shows all Saturn models, except the Relay minivan.

The websites would be a more helpful if they also suggested non-GM vehicles, but the tool can be helpful for people who want to stay in the GM family.

For Pontiac and Saturn loyalists, some new vehicles are still being sold (125 in October, according to GM), but supplies are dwindling.

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