Originally Posted by skalogre
Everyone claims to have the next 3-series slayer yet no one (other than Nissan) has come close.
In terms of a manufacturer creating a new model that targets the same market as the 3-series, then yes, Nissan has come close with the Infiniti G35 (especially the 2007 models, which come with a power boost), but even that is just targeting the 33x's of the world. BMW has a pretty wide variety and range with the 3-series when it comes to body styles (coupe, sedan, wagon, convertible) and powertrains (engines: 3.0@230, 3.0TT@300, 3.2@333), transmissions: auto, manual, RWD, AWD). I don't think any manufacturer more closely aligns with the 3-series range than Audi with the A4 range (sedan, wagon, convertible; 2.0T@200, 3.2@255, 4.2@340, 4.2@420; auto, CVT, manual, FWD, AWD).
It isn't easy to great an entire brand within a brand such as the 3-series, and few have done it. This Pontiac is the furthest thing from a 3-series slayer.