GMC is selling 500k vehicles a yearI think that the same thing could be said of Saturn as well.
Mismanaged for years with nothing exciting to sell, but finally was getting it right with some quality new products.
Unfortunately, it was "too little - too late", and since SOMETHING had to be cut, it did really make sense to drop Pontiac and Saturn.
Personally, I would have preferred that they drop GMC (as they just seem like unreasonably over-priced Chevys), but I can appreciate how profitable they are (though I don't really understand who actually pays extra for a GMC).
I also think that if they really wanted to, they could have kept the Kappa by rebadging it as a Buick, but again, GM was in a pretty desperate situation and had to make some harsh and painful cuts.
GMC Sales Numbers, Figures, Results | GM Authority
It was conceived as a way to sell trucks at dealerships that did not sell Chevrolet and therefore could not sell their trucks. It has become a "premium" brand. People I know who buy a GMC believe they are getting an upgraded vehicle that is "better" than the standard Chevy. >