Last Pontiac models sold in the US, leading to the formal closure of the brand by GM

General Motors’ brand Pontiac has finally gone out of business.

GM took the decision to close Pontiac as part of its exit strategy from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US last year, but the closure was finalised yesterday when GM’s contracts with dealers expired.

Pontiac had been in existence for 84 years and the last car to roll down the production line was a Vibe in August 2009.

The firm is credited with creating the muscle car with its GTO and in the US in the 1960s, only Chevrolet and Ford bettered Pontiac’s sales. Its peak for sales came in 1973, when the firm sold 973,000 cars.

Numerous attempts to revive the brand in the 1990s and 2000s failed; notable models in the last few years include the G6 saloon and Solstice sports car.

The firm’s dealers had fewer than 125 cars left at the end of August and only eight G6s were reportedly sold in September.

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1 November 2010

A sad day indeed for those of us with a passion for American muscle cars.

R.I.P. Pontiac.

1 November 2010

[quote evanstim]A sad day indeed for those of us with a passion for American muscle cars.[/quote]

A sad day for those of us with a passion for cars , full stop.

1 November 2010

I agree

1 November 2010

Shame, they used to make the some of the prettiest and sportiest US cars. Times they are achanging.

1 November 2010

The Solistice isn't a patch on the VX220, the G6 is just a Monaro rebranded to Pontiac (no bad thing). Pontiac hadn't made a good car in a long time - like a lot of the GM brands. The Vibe was half decent and sold in decent numbers, but was a joint effort with Toyota (Matrix). Pontiac deserved to go out of business, more so than Saturn, which GM killed off pretty quick just as they were about to receive decent vehicles (GM Europe cars).

1 November 2010

When I was a kid there was a guy in my village who had a Trans Am. It was the most exotic thing I'd ever seen! And the guy who drove it was officially the coolest guy in the world. A sad day indeed.

1 November 2010

It's interesting GM persists in trying to sell us a brand which we don't seem to like (Cadillac) yet maybe they should have tried the much cooler Pontiac brand which some of us think warm fuzzy thoughts about.

1 November 2010

Presumably they have kept all the rights to the name, so hopefully one day they will be in a position to re-launch the brand. And hopefully with a better product line-up than they had over the last 20 years.

1 November 2010

[quote disco.stu]Presumably they have kept all the rights to the name, so hopefully one day they will be in a position to re-launch the brand. And hopefully with a better product line-up than they had over the last 20 years.[/quote]

Indeed, I can see, in better financial times, them being relaunched, maybe as a niche sporty brand.

1 November 2010

A sad day indeed . There has been some very cool Pontiac.s including Kitt from Knight Rider . So hopefully they will bring Pontiac back in the future when things are a lot better .

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