About Pontiac G3
Introduced in 2002, the Pontiac G3 was initially developed by independent South Korean manufacturer Daewoo and later by GM Korea. It was originally marketed as the Daewoo Kalos before going on sale under the Chevrolet Aveo brand. During the vehicle's development, internal codes were assigned to the model. The Pontiac G3 was designed by Italdesign. It directly derivates the Kalos Dream concept car. It was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2000. Other concept versions were shown at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, and the 2003 Geneva Motor Show. During the three years of development, Daewoo encountered financial difficulties. The ultimate fate of the company and the concept car is still uncertain. The Pontiac G3 sedan and five-door Pontiac G3 hatchback had curved lines that ran along the lower body to the tailgate. On the five-door version, it runs downward. The five-door also had a side window in the C/D pillar with a sharply beveled lower edge. The wheel motif is repeated throughout the interior.
A few years ago, when GM was looking for a small economy car, it turned to its Korean subsidiary Daewoo, which already made a small car, the Kalos. A quick rebranding resulted in the Chevy Aveo. It has been a mainstay of the fleet ever since. GM apparently liked the new branding because it was repeated on the 2009 Pontiac G3. In other words, the G3 is the Aveo5 car, but with a different name and a higher price tag. All Pontiac G3 models sport a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 106 hp and 105 hp of torque. The engine is mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. In national crash tests, the G3 earned five stars in frontal protection and four stars in side-impact protection.
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The chimney panel spacing has been reduced to 3 mm, and all parts except the roof panel are galvanized steel. Forty-six percent of its major structural components are made of high-strength steel. Specially welded legs are used to increase strength where needed, reducing weight. The front axle has MacPherson springs with offset coil springs and anti-roll bars. The rear axle has an independent torsion beam suspension. The interior has ISOFIX anchors for child seats. The Pontiac G3 has a special glove box on the dashboard next to the steering wheel. While the Pontiac G3 doesn't offer much in the way of entertainment, it's a great car for everyday use or the daily commute. The steering is responsive, and the handling is satisfactory for a compact car.
The updated sedan was developed in collaboration with the Pan-Asian Auto Technical Centre. It was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2005. The interior has a new dashboard and minor equipment changes, such as improved sound insulation. An additional radio antenna on the rear window and extensive wind tunnel testing reduced the drag coefficient from 0.348 to 0.326. The car was introduced in Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2005. The redesigned hatchback with an updated dashboard was unveiled as the Chevrolet Aveo at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Pontiac G3 models were introduced in the United States and Canada in 2004. The 5- and 4-door models were introduced in the United States in November 2003.