Friday, April 24, 2009

Pontiac to be discontinued

CNN reports that GM is set to announce the discontinuation of the Pontiac line:
General Motors is preparing to announce that the Pontiac car brand, once marketed as GM's "Excitement division," will be killed off, according to a source familiar with the decision.

An official announcement is expected Monday. GM spokesman Jim Hopson declined to comment on Pontiac's fate, saying the automaker has no announcements to make at this time.

A long line of automobile history is coming to an end. GM began using the Pontiac name in 1926. The rest, as they say, is history -

1936 Pontiac

1948 Silver Streak

1950 Pontiac [from]

1950's Pontiac salesmen training DVD

1958 Parisienne

1966 Bonneville

1969 Bonneville

1970 Bonneville

1970 Bonneville

1969 Grand Prix

1966 GTO

1968 GTO

1974 GTO

Pontiac Stinger - 1989 concept car

While the Pontiac brand lost its uniqueness years ago, it is sad nonetheless to see the end made official. The news will surprise no one and may very well be repeated for other brands of GM and other manufacturers.

Congratulations, UAW. Mission accomplished.

update - click here for Pontiacs in film.


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