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CLEVELAND, Ohio — In a last-ditch effort to clear out inventories of soon-to-close brands, General Motors is offering about $7,000 in discounts on the few remaining Pontiac and Saturn vehicles in stock nationwide.

GM announced plans early this summer to end the Pontiac line before it filed for bankruptcy protection. The automaker tried to sell Saturn, but that deal fell through, putting that brand on the chopping block as well.

Across Northeast Ohio, both brands still had a large number of mid-sized sedans on sale, the G6 for Pontiac, the Aura for Saturn. Pickings for other vehicles, such as Saturn’s once-popular VUE crossover or Pontiac’s G8 sports sedan, were extremely limited.

“We’ve already sold about 25 Pontiacs,” in the past few months, said Brett Leek, new car sales manager for Axelrod Pontiac GMC in Parma. “We only have about 19 left, mostly G6s.”

Web sites for both Pontiac and Saturn list up to $6,500 in rebates for remaining vehicles. But some dealers were offering larger discounts in hopes of clearing out remaining vehicles.

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Article courtesy of: cleveland.com

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