Pontiac’s 84 Years: Evolution and History

 

By Posted 1 Nov 2010, 22:17

Following on from our post today where we asked you to give us your favourite model from the iconic Pontiac range. We thought it would give our readers a little bit about the auto-manufacturers 84 Years at the top.

Production for Pontiac started all those years ago, although some may not know but the first cars were built as far back as 1907. The company soon transformed into the Oakland Motor Co, where it then began branding its vehicles Pontiac in 1926.

General Motors sold the brand throughout the U.S, Canada and Mexico as a performance division for their company. They specialized in producing high performance models for the mainstream.

With Pontiac saying goodbye after an epic history of producing motorcars, people remember the brand for various reasons. Over at USA Today, Tom Krisher looks back at the firms history where Pontiac were famous for producing muscle cars that not only drag-raced down boulevards, but hit the big screen with some very memorable movie cars.

Unfortunately due to financial problems and restructuring, GM made the announcement that the Pontiac brand would be dropped by the end of 2010. A retired executive from GM, Bill Hoglund blames the loss on the reshuffling back in 1984. During this time with Roger Smith as CEO, the manufacturing and engineering along with design operations were combined with that of the other GM brands.

Through their 84 years Pontiac has been at the fore front of car design producing some of the cars that we all remember fantasising over as children. There are a lot of people that will miss the iconic brand, tell us your memories from Pontiac illustrious career. Why not look at Wikipedia where not only can you follow the companies history but you can see its evolution through the years.

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