Blake Z. Rong
Pontiac had committed to producing a lineup of rear wheel drive high performance cars to compete with the Germans and Japanese. Unfortunately, it wasn't the government's idea of "cars people (politicians want them) to buy.
So bye-bye, G6, G8, Grand Am, Trans Am, GTO, and Fiero. After 2010, it became just a part of history, just like the old "Wide Track Pontiac" ads of the 60's. Pontiac lived on only as a zombie on the used car lots, Craigslist ads, and Sunday auctions.
R.I.P Pontiac - 1926-2010
|Epitome of the 60s Muscle Car, the 1967 GTO|
Not to mention that you can no longer get a Hummer
|Arnold may be bahck, but for his Hummer it was hasta la vista, baybee|
Before the bankruptcy and bailout of 2009, "Not Your Father's Oldsmobile" became Not Anybody's Oldsmobile after 2004, but not before a 1967 Olds Delta 88 killed Mary Jo Kopechne in July of 1969 along with Ted Kennedy's presedential ambitions. Olds also contributed the 442 to muscle car legend.
Before that, there was the short lived economy car GEO brand of the 90s
Here's a look at other brands and entire car companies that Pontiac joined after 2010;
Alan Jackson can buy him a Mercury or two, but no new ones after 2011
Ford's ill-fated Edsel was strangled in its cradle
|1958 Edsel Corsair. Ugly car named after a cool WW II Marine fighter plane|
Chrysler has escaped death's door many times, most notably with the 2009 bailout and sale to Fiat.. The previous brush with death was in 1980 when they were bailed out and revived by the K-Car and the Minivan. However, several brands did not survive the bean counter's Grim Reaper.
Plymouth went away after 2001
|The Cuda lagged behind the Mustang & Camaro on the sales charts, but it held its own on the street|
The Eagle was a rebadged Mitsubishi that Chrysler sold in the 90s
The Titanic of the street, the leviathan Imperial which served The Green Hornet well
|1965 Imperial. Machine guns not included|
The DeSoto, the finned cruiser that died after the 50s
|1959 DeSoto Firedome|
Finally, here's some entire companies that either were absorbed or went entirely out of business
|"WE'RE NOT WORTHY!"|
AMC's Rambler nameplate - 1955-1968
|1965 Rambler Marlin|
|"The Little Nash Rambler blew his horn it went Beep Beep .."|
|The very spacious back seats in the Hudson Hornet conceived many early Baby Boomers|
|The Kaiser Henry J. coupe. Stripped and basic. Not popular with families but its light weight made it a popular modified quarter miler for the low budget drag racers|
|1956 Packard Executive which the also defunct Soviet Union revived as the Chaika Gaz 13|
|"Honest dear, I read Playboy just for the Avani ads"|