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Report: Pontiac Reaches its Inglorious End As Last U.S.-Market Car Rolls of the Line


Earlier this week General Motors produced its last Pontiac for the U.S. market, ending the brand's 82 year run. The final vehicle to roll off the assembly line at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th at the Orion Township plant was a rather unspectacular white G6 sedan which is scheduled to be sold to a fleet. It's hardly the sort of send-off one might expect for a brand that has produced such memorable legends as the GTO and Firebird.

There was no pomp and circumstance as the last 100 vehicles rolled off the line and no GM executive was on hand.

The Pontiac brand was highlighted for elimination on April 27, as a part of General Motors' viability plan. GM agreed to kill-off Pontiac and try and find buyers for Saab, Saturn and Hummer in exchange for a bailout by the U.S. and Canadian governments. To date, both the Saab and Saturn deals have fallen through, leading to the scheduled elimination of Saturn with the same fate likely for Saab. The sale of Hummer to Chinese heavy machinery company Sichuan Tengzhon is still pending.

Watching the Pontiac brand come to an end isn't an unfamiliar event for may of the plant workers, as many of them were building Oldsmobiles when GM decided to retire than brand in 2000. For workers there is a glimmer of hope as GM has announced that in 18 months it will begin producing a new small car at the same facility.

In the mean time, the plant will stay open as it wraps up final production of the Pontiac G3 Wave, which is sold in Canada.

Since the brand's inception in 1926 it is estimated to have sold as many as 41 million cars.

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wow that is the most depressing article I've read on the end of the Pontiac, and yet it was nothing but facts.


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White G6, symbolic of the White Towel. Better to burn out then to fade away! R.I.P. Pontiac.
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did anybody get the vin on that machine i would like to follow where that one goes.;(

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did anybody get the vin on that machine i would like to follow where that one goes.;(
As its going out as a fleet car I would imagine that its doomed to be a rental where some yahoo will no-doubt rag the hell out of it; lock up the rear brakes and power bake it to smoke the tires off the rims.
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I just bought my 4th Pontiac last Monday, a 08 G6 GT. Had a 2000 Grand Prix GT, 1990 Grand Prix SE, and a 73 Grand Prix, GM (Government Motors) killed the wrong brand. They said Pontiac was unprofitable, well I guess GM as a whole was unprofitable since they filed chapter 11. Should have killed Buick and Cadillac, IMHO.
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GM (Government Motors) killed the wrong brand. They said Pontiac was unprofitable, well I guess GM as a whole was unprofitable since they filed chapter 11. Should have killed Buick and Cadillac, IMHO.
Pontiac had been a money loser for a few years because GM had been running it to the ground for at least a decade. They could have made it a profitable division like they did with Chevy and GMC but they didn't.
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Pretty sad the GM executives couldn't even be there to see the last Pontiac produced. Guess they had more important things to tend to, probably a $500.00 a plate luncheon or something like that.
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