Pontiac

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Pontiac was one of the earliest marques obtained by General Motors.
Originally a carriage and buggy company, it was bought by the Oakland
Motors division of GM and quickly took over in terms of sales. Named after
the Native American chief Pontiac, pre-war and post-war models emphasized
the top of the GM line, with plush interiors, huge amounts of room, and the
ultimate in comfort and reliability.


5 Remarkable Facts about Pontiac

  • The marque dominated the NASCAR races in the late 60s and early 70s,
    before non-stock cars were permitted.
  • In the TV show “Knight Rider,” the starring car “Kitt” was a Trans Am.
  • Before its acquisition by GM, the company produced horse carriages.
  • The marque was the last automobile marque to cease domestic production
    in WWII, when its factory switched over to making aircraft parts for
    Consolidated.
  • The last full-sized convertible made with the marque was released in
    1975.
  • Pontiac Famous Car Models

    A good example of their design philosophy was the Pontiac Grand Prix.
    Introduced in 1962, the Pontiac Grand Prix rapidly found a market among
    those who wanted a truly large, comfortable means of transportation.
    Although the “Grand Prix” name referred to the sort of racing performance
    common in French and Italian racing, the Pontiac Grand Prix did not appear
    on the racing circuit except in a super-modified post-stock car NASCAR
    vehicle. Nonetheless, it was prized as an excellent car for over 40 years
    of production.

    More famous is the Pontiac Firebird. Although introduced in the late 1960s,
    it really began to shine in the 1980s. When most American sports cars were
    getting downsized and reduced in power as a response to the 1970s fuel
    crisis, the Pontiac Firebird was literally turbocharged. This made it one
    of the fastest cars of the 1980s, and the fastest American car generally
    available. The Pontiac Firebird (also known as the Trans Am) thus became
    famous in both film and street racing. To this day it is considered a
    valuable collectible, since it can dominate in 1980s retro stock racing.

    Sadly, the marque began to suffer in the 1990s and 00s, which ultimately
    led to its elimination in the 2009 GM reorganization. Most notably, GM
    shifted the focus of its sports car division to Chevrolet (the Corvette)
    and Dodge (the Charger). This left the marque with “leftover” cars, such as
    the Pontiac Vibe. The Pontiac Vibe was in fact a badge engineered Toyota,
    and it did not sell well as a Toyota – much less a Pontiac. It was marketed
    as a “small SUV,” yet it lacked the interior space and performance expected
    of an SUV. The Pontiac Vibe was instead just an oversized, overpriced
    hatchback, and it ended up being one of the last cars the marque would ever
    make.

    GM discontinued the Saturn and Pontiac brands October of 2010 and Daewoo in 2011.

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