Pontiac is General Motors’ excitement brand that focuses on fun-to-drive vehicles. Pontiac vehicles offer sufficient levels of performance while remaining fuel efficient and economical to purchase in the process. The Pontiac Solstice and the Pontiac G6 already proved to be success stories for Pontiac. Pontiac has launched a Grand Prix replacement in the rear-wheel drive Pontiac G8 sedan. The Pontiac Torrent remains the brands sole sport utility vehicle as Pontiac tends to focus on low- to mid-market performance coupes and sedans. The Pontiac Vibe is also a popular used vehicle. All Pontiac models came with the five-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty as a standard feature.
Pontiac's History & Development
The first Pontiac was the product of the Oakland Automobile Co. -- a GM division acquired in 1909 -- which produced the Pontiac Five-Passenger Coach for the New York Auto Show in 1926. It would only take 3 years for Oakland to produce 500,000 Pontiac cars. The Pontiac proved so successful, that the name of the Oakland division was changed to Pontiac. In 1929, the Pontiac "Big Six" produced 60-horsepower from a 200.4 cubic inch engine. Sales continued to rise throughout the 1930's and Pontiac would be one of the first automakers to target female buyers. The one millionth Pontiac would be produced in 1936. By 1937, the Pontiac 's most expensive model -- the De Luxe Eight convertible sedan -- had a starting price of $1,235.
The last pre-war Pontiac rolled off the assembly line in 1942 so manufacturing capacity could be shifted to support the war effort. Pontiac shifts focus to produce rocket-propelled bombs for the US military. In 1946, production resumed using models last seen in 1942. Throughout the rest of the 1940's and 1950's, Pontiac would introduce several notable vehicles, including the 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Catalina, the 1957 Pontiac Bonneville with fuel injection and the 1959 Pontiac Wide Track models, which would win Pontiac its first Motor Trend Car of the Year Award.
The 1960's would prove a definitive decade for the Pontiac brand. Cars such as the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix set industry styling trends, and the introduction of the famous 1964 Pontiac GTO models spurred on the early muscle car era. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's Pontiac introduced notable cars such as the 1973 Pontiac Grand Am and the Pontiac Firebird, a cousin to the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car. Pontiac celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1976.
Like most manufacturers, the 1980's were a slow time in the development of Pontiac vehicles. During this time, Pontiac would introduce the Pontiac Fiero, the Pontiac Trans Sport minivan, and a 4-door Grand Prix. Since the 1990's, Pontiac has worked hard to reestablish itself as the "excitement" brand of General Motors, and brought back well-known names such as the GTO. While used Pontiac cars share platforms with fellow GM stablemates, the brand gets uniquely aggressive