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2003 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 19, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2003 Pontiac

2003 Pontiac

Pontiac introduced the “Vibe”   (center vehicle in ad above)

Pontiac’s new crossover wagon shares a basic design with Toyota’s Matrix. Vibe is built in California, Matrix in Canada, and they differ in styling and features. But they use the same Toyota-sourced platform and 1.8-liter 4-cyl engines. The base-model Vibe comes with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With front-drive, it has 130 hp and a choice of 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic.

2002 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 18, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“The Grand Prix GT and GTP coupe and sedan models were available with a special 40th Anniversary package to celebrate GP’s four decades of production.”

“On Sept. 24, 2001 General Motors announced that the 2002 Firebird would be the last of the breed.”

“After a rough 1st year due to its controversial appearance, the Aztek enterted the 2002 model year with a revised two-model line up that introduced the Aztek front-wheel-drive model and the Aztek VERSATRAK AWD model. The Aztek GT was eliminated.”

2001 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 17, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“Pontiac Motor Division proudly celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2001. There was a 75th anniversary edition Bonneville (package R7W). The Pontiac Aztek went into full production in 2001 after originating as a sport recreation vehicle (SRV) concept unveiled at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.”

2000 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 16, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2000 Pontiac Bonneville

2000 Pontiac Bonneville

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“The all-new 2000 Bonneville cost less than a similarly-equipped 1999 version. The new car came in SE, SLE, SSEi levels. The SSEi came with a super-charged 3.8 liter V-6 with dual exhausts. A StabiliTrak stability system, a heads-up dispaly, a memory driver’s seat, heated outside mirrors, and the OnStar system were all standard on the SSEi.”

“A Grand Prix Daytona Pace Car replica was introduced this year.”

Pontiac’s total production for 2000 was 757,352

1999 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 15, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1999 Pontiac Grand Am

1999 Pontiac Grand Am

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“The new 1999 Grand Am coupe and sedan were introduced in the spring of 1998. Changes made after the 1999 model-year changeover included the addition of a GT-coupe and sedan with a 175-hp version of the 3.4-liter V-6 engine.”

“Pontiac’s total output of 1999 model U.S passenger cars was 629,938 (not including Montana vans or Canadian units). Pontiac had a 6.4 percent share of market.”

The Trans Sport name was changed to Montana in 1999. The Grand Prix model continued to tout “wide-track”. A convertible model was added to the Sunfire line.

1998 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 14, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1998 Pontiac Trans Am

1998 Pontiac Trans Am

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

” ‘The automotive family tree includes a branch the bore muscle cars – those revered, big-engined road rockets of yore,’ said PMD’s 1998 sales catalog. ‘As often happens when a species evolves, the strong get stronger.’ The hot, rear-drive 2+2 Firebird offered just five model choices in 1998, after dropping the Formula convertible.”

“Pontiac-GMC’s U.S. car model-year production dropped to 575,582 units in 1998. In late and early 1998, the division moved its offices into GM’s new World HQ building in Detroit’s Renaissance Center.”

1997 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 13, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

Wide Track returns....

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John

Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“The 1997 Grand Prix series had an all-new Wide-Track stance and revised model lineup. There was an SE sedan and a GT coupe and sedan. The Grand Prix featured a two-inch wider front track and a three-inch longer wheelbase. It had a low-profile roof, new front and rear fascia, aerodynamic headlamps with reflector optics, and standard integrated fog lamps.”

“Starting late in 1997, the division began preparations to move its offices into GM’s new World Headquarters building in Detroit’s Renaissance Center.”

Total production for all Pontiac vehicle in 1997 was 730,988.  Pontiac added Mexican production of the Sunfire coupes in 1997. A special Edition 40th Anniversary Bonneville was also offered.

1997 Pontiac Sunfire

1997 Pontiac Sunfire

1996 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 12, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1996 Pontiac Firebird

1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“Pontiac’s total 1996 model-year production was 579,360 vehicles including 2,345 Firefly models and 420 Sunrunner models. This includes units manufactured in Canada and other countries that were intended for distribution in the U.S. General Motors merged its Pontiac and GMC division in 1996 to create the Pontiac-GMC Division with 3,736 franchised dealers, Roy S. Roberts was appointed general manager of the new division.”

“The 1996 Firebirds were a member of a dwindling breed: the rear-wheel-drive American muscle car. There were 7,981 Trans Am hardtops and 917 Trans Am convertibles produced.”

1995 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 11, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1995 Pontiac Sunfire

1995 Pontiac Sunfire

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“Previously known as the Sunbird, Pontiac’s 1995 subcompact model had a new Sunfire name and new styling, engineering and technology. It was essentially an all-new car. Standard feature of the Sunfire included a 2.2- liter OHV four-cylinder engine for the SE (the GT was powered by a 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve Quad-4; aluminized stainless steel exhaust system; dual airbags; tinted glass, anti-locking braking system; a coil-over-the-shock rear suspension; rear HVAC vents; a tilt-wheel adjustable steering column; and a tachometer.”

“Pontiac held a 6.6 percent share of the total U.S. market (best selling Pontiac model was the Grand Am). The production total for 1995 = 733,105

1994 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 10, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1994 Pontiac Grand Prix

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002 2nd Edition” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“The Grand Prix lineup for 1994 was reduced from five models to two models called the SE coupe and sedan. There was a GTP Performance Package for for the SE coupe and a GT Performance Package for the SE sedan.”

“Pontiac dropped the SSEi model and offered a new Bonneville SSEi Supercharger Package (WA6) for the SSE sedan only. The Firebird line offered a convertible for each of its series: Firebird, Formula and Trans Am.”

“19.2 percent of new-vehicle sales were earned by PMD and Pontiac held a 6.5 percent share of the total U.S. market. Total production for 1994 was 723,294.”

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