Pontiac

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Pontiac founded in 1926 is an automobile company whose parent company is General Motors. Pontiac has its head quarter at Detroit, Michigan in United States. Being the division of General Motors, Pontiac was sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Panoz specialised in mainstream performance vehicles and was marketed as the performance division of General Motors. Pontiac was more popular in Canada in comparison to other countries, where it was marketed as a low-priced vehicle. Because of on-going financial problems and restructuring efforts, GM discontinued the Pontiac brand by the end of 2010 and focused on four core brands in North America: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC.

The last Pontiacs were built in late 2009, and the final dealer franchise expiring October 31, 2010. The Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works was incorporated in 1899 by Albert G. North and Harry G. Hamilton. By 1905 they had taken over the manufacturing of the Rapid Truck from the Rapid Motor Vehicle that had been introduced two years earlier and in 1907 they decided to produce an automobile. The first Pontiac automobile produced was a high wheeler weighing 1,000 pounds and powered by a two-cylinder water-cooled 12 hp engine. The Pontiac brand of General Motors was the companion marque to GM's Oakland division and within months of its introduction, Pontiac succeeded Oakland.

As a result of Pontiac's rising sales and Oakland's declining sales, Pontiac became the only companion marque to survive General Motors, with Oakland ceasing production in 1932. Pontiac had moved up to producing the least expensive cars available with straight eight-cylinder (inline eight) engines, by using many components from the 6-cylinder Chevrolet, such as the body. Pontiac used the so-called torpedo body of the Buick for one of its models, just prior to its being used by Chevrolet.

This body style brought some attention to the marque in 1930s. In 1971 Pontiac introduced the compact, budget-priced Ventura II and in the same year, Pontiac completely restyled its full-sized cars, moved the Bonneville, and replaced it with a higher luxury model named the Grand Ville, while Safari wagons that lowered into the body while the rear window raised into the roof. Pontiac restyled its luxury Grand Prix, mid-sized LeMans and compact Ventura models and introduced the all-new Grand Am as part of the LeMans line. The last American Pontiac, a 2010 G6, was built on November 25, 2009 and Pontiac brand was pulled after the 2009 model year in Mexico and the brand was renamed Matiz.

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