Introduced by General Motors in 1926, Pontiac is perhaps best known for producing high-powered sports cars like the Firebird and the GTO, widely-regarded as the first-ever muscle car. However, Pontiac was forced to pull back the reins on its aggressive designs in the face of the 1970s fuel crisis, resulting in a much tamer, and ultimately, much less appealing lineup. Efforts to revive Pontiac's sporty image in the early aughts showed a return to form for the aging automaker; however, the move ultimately failed to stoke consumer interest. As a part of the company's post-bankruptcy reorganization, GM put an end to the Pontiac brand in 2009, with the last remaining dealerships closing up shop on October 31, 2010.
GTO: Pontiac's Great One
In this automobile book by Darwin Holstrom, learn the story behind the iconic car that became a sensation in the '60s and a collector's item in the present day.
This roomy crossover wagon combines cool looks and dependable performance in a sporty, affordable package. While the Vibe may not be the flashiest car on the market, its responsive handling and well-laid-out interior make it both a fun and practical option.
Pontiac G5 Coupe
Stylishly sculpted and fun to drive, this well-rounded coupe gets an estimated 37 mpg on the highway.
With its V6-engine, stylish design
and OnStar navigation, all for
less than $30,000, the Torrent has
secured Pontiac's spot in the small
The new automobile that Pontiac hopes will help put
the GM division back on the playing field boasts 18-inch-thick
wheels, bucket leather seats, a seven-speaker stereo
MP3 player capabilities), and a classic, retro-ish
Grand Prix GXP
its reliable-looking family sports sedan exterior, the
Pontiac Grand Prix GXP is a speed demon that will have
you taking it to the track. With all that power and
a nice price, you might just be tempted to take it for
to its smartly-designed overhead rail system with DVD,
MP3/CD player and one year of the OnStar Safe &
Sound Plan, it will be difficult to get bored on the
trips to grandma’s house.