For about eight decades, Pontiac was one of the most renowned makes in the automotive industry. It was a brand that was established as a companion make for General Motor's Oakland. Though it was only sold in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, it still garnered good sales as the performance of its models appealed to many car owners. Unfortunately, the company plummeted in April of 2009 when Pontiac experienced a financial crisis and subsequent restructuring efforts failed.GMC decided to discontinue the brand at the end of 2010. Even though it's now obsolete, Pontiac is still one of the makes in the industry that's still fondly remembered until today.
The Milestones of Pontiac
One of the greatest milestones of Pontiac was when it sold the Gran Turismo Omologato and kicked off the era of the muscle car back in 1964. This model was also featured in movies such as Herbie: Fully Loaded, Jumanji, and Forrest Gump to name a few. In 1966, Pontiac introduced an overhead-cam six in a model called the Tempest and used the first plastic grille on several other models. In 1980, Pontiac manufactured the first US compacts with front-wheel drive. Finally, the Solstice sports car was the first volume use of the hydroformed-steel body panels. From the Pontiac New Series to the Pontiac G8, this surely is one timeless automake with a lot of milestones that will be remembered by car owners out there.
Pontiac Says Goodbye
Unfortunately in 2009, sad news hit the industry when General Motors announced that the Pontiac was to be discontinued. That year, GM was experiencing terrible financial problems that cannot be recovered anymore and has decided that the best thing to do was to stop manufacturing Pontiacs. The last makes were built in late 2009, with the final dealer franchises expiring on October 31, 2010. Even though there are no more new Pontiacs that can be seen on the road, there are still the timeless ones being kept and maintained for it to last for a longer time. Who doesn't love Pontiac? Though the makes has said its goodbyes, Pontiac will forever be remembered as the best muscle car in the industry.