Archive for April, 2010

All Pontiac

Posted in Classifieds on April 30, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

All Pontiac

Smoke Signals advertiser,  click on above link to open .pdf file

Check out All Pontiac’s web site

POCI’s web site

Art Fitzpatrick – Pontiac prints

Posted in Classifieds on April 29, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

Art Fitzpatrick great prints available

Visit Art’s web site for the complete selection and all the ordering details.

New Pontiac-Oakland Memorabilia Book-by Tim Dye

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene, What's new on the Pontiac scene on April 28, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

The Extreme Collector Pontiac-Oakland Memorabilia

The Extreme Collector Pontiac-Oakland Memorabilia by Tim Dye

Great new book by POCI member Tim Dye, 130 pages, full color.
Order from Tim’s web site.

April 27th

Posted in What's new on the Pontiac scene on April 27, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

To all Pontiac car owners as a reminder,

Yes, this April 27th will be one year since the date GM announced:

‘that the Pontiac brand/division would no longer exist,after the 2010 model year’.

What a sad, even scary time that was by, not knowing which dealerships would close their doors,

how many [more] people would loose their jobs,big part supplier cut backs, many area retail

store closings, some people in ‘foreclosure’,State unemployment and welfare apps were way up,

people moving out of State….Not a good time in this area of S.E. Michigan.

But, in this one year GM repaid their Government [yes,tax payer] loan in 9 months,thats more than 4 years

early!

USA Car quality is way up, to the point that more American people feel that the US cars have better quality

‘than the Asian/Korean crap,[I meant cars]’!

Ford Motors are doing far better with their new models and made a big profit this quarter!

Chrysler should hopefully be OK, the TV news states ‘they made a profit’.

Maybe the American People as a whole are waking up,by [finally]realising that this country depends on the auto industry to survive, at least/mostly here in Michigan?

By restarting their confident’s in [our] country by purchasing that US made,but hopefully a US [brand] automobile. Just like we did in years back.

I had NEVER bought a foreign brand car/truck,and really don’t understand why some people do/did?

Answer me this,’If the buying of that non-American car is to be so good for this country,

than why is this country in the shape it’s in’??

Now,some local part suppliers,tool/die shops are ‘back to being quite busy again’ with re-hiring their laid-off

employees and even hiring [new] people to build their auto parts!

With ‘new’ car models coming out in 2011, meaning that a few idled/closed auto plants just may reopen?

Putting 100’s of people back to work,paying taxes, buying food,going out to eat,keep their home,get a

appliance and maybe get that new US car?

Plus some closed GM dealerships just may re-open or may not close at all?

This was not meant to be a ‘speech’ but just my feelings on OUR situation.

But, I do know things were a lot better before all of this [crap] happened, and

one way to get [US] back on track is to buy that US auto,

like I ‘PROUDLY’ do, period

Jim Larson

These are my words/opinion, not necessarily of any other.

PS- AM, you can print this if you want, I just felt this is a date we should all remember,and what happened in just one year.

Engine Codes and more

Posted in What's new on the Pontiac scene on April 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

Year One has a great resource page for Pontiac engine codes of the 1960s-1970s

2010 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

This concludes a blog posting series on Pontiac advertising 1926 – 2010.

Scroll down for a trip through the years, one ad from each year – ENJOY!

2010 Pontiac Vibe

2010 Pontiac Vibe

2010 Pontiac Vibe

(photo: leftlanenews.com)


2009 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 25, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

From Wikipedia:

2009 Pontiac

2009 Pontiac Brochure

On December 2, 2008, General Motors announced that it was considering eliminating numerous brands, including Pontiac, in order to appease Congress in hope of receiving a 25 billion dollar loan. On February 17, 2009, GM originally proposed the elimination of its Saturn division, the sale of Saab, and either the sale or elimination of Hummer, depending on whether a buyer could be found quickly. In the original plan GM also clarified that Pontiac would have begun to focus on “niche” models aimed at the “youthful and sporty” segment, but did not provide specifics. Pontiac was to trim its number of models to four, although there was talk of retaining only one model. By April 2009 several automotive websites and business publications were reporting that GM was doing a study suggesting it might eliminate the brand altogether, along with sister truck brand GMC. On April 23 a report was published stating the company would be dropping the Pontiac brand while preserving the GMC truck line, as well as the Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick brands. The decision to eliminate Pontiac was made primarily due to the increasing threat of a bankruptcy filing if the June 1 deadline could not be met. On April 27, 2009, GM officially announced that Pontiac would be dropped and that all of its remaining models would be phased out by the end of 2010.

General Motors will cut an additional 7,000 to 8,000 factory jobs in the United States and shed 2,600 dealers by 2010 under a revised business plan developed with the Obama administration. GM Chief Executive Officer Fritz Henderson said the Pontiac brand would be closed by 2010, calling it an “extremely personal decision.” In addition to speeding up decisions on Saturn, Saab and Hummer, GM will be left with four brands – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

The G6 was the last Pontiac built in the U.S.

In early May, 2009, Jim Waldron, a Davison, Michigan Pontiac dealer, announced that he was interested in purchasing the Pontiac brand and logos, and had found financing to purchase them as well as some soon-to-be shuttered GM plants in order to build cars. However, GM had already decided to retire the brand as it has began to sell off its remaining inventory and said that, unlike Saturn, the brand was not for sale.

The last American Pontiac, a 2010 G6, was built on November 25, 2009 at the Orion Assembly plant. No public farewell took place, although a group of plant employees documented the event. In December 2009, the last Pontiac-branded vehicle to roll off an assembly line was in the Canadian-market Pontiac G3 Wave, manufactured in South Korea by GM Daewoo.

The Pontiac brand was pulled after the 2009 model year in Mexico and the brand was renamed as Matiz, while selling only one vehicle, the Matiz G2 (Matiz’s logo is similar to Pontiac’s logo).

2009 Pontiac

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

Pontiac became the second brand General Motors has eliminated in six years. Oldsmobile met the same fate in 2004 after being more slowly phased out over four years. Pontiac also became the ninth North American automobile brand since 1987 to be phased out, after Merkur, Passport, Asüna, Geo, Plymouth, American Motors (AMC) (renamed Eagle in 1988, only to be phased out a decade later), and Oldsmobile.

2008 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 24, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2008 Pontiac G8

2008 Pontiac G8

From Wikipedia:

The Pontiac G8 is a rear-wheel drive sedan that was produced by Holden, the Australian General Motors (GM) subsidiary. The G8 was released in 2008 in the United States, and in 2008 for the 2009 model year in Canada. Production stopped in mid-2009, following the GM decision to suspend the Pontiac brand. While available, the G8 took the place in the Pontiac lineup of both the Pontiac Bonneville, which ceased production after the 2005 model year, and the Pontiac Grand Prix, which ceased production after the 2008 model year. The G8 was Pontiac’s first full-size car since the Bonneville and the GTO coupe last sold in 2006. The G8 was a captive import of the Australian Holden VE Commodore.

By December 2008, the rear-drive G8 had not become the expected sales replacement for the previous front-drive models, with 11,000 unsold G8s in the inventory and just 13,000 sold. With car manufacturers worldwide threatened by the global economic downturn, market prices have dropped by $3000–5000 below GM’s sticker price for the car. By July 2009, there were only 5,000 unsold G8’s in inventory, with almost 30,700 sold.

With the imminent demise of the Pontiac brand, a result of GM’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the 2009 model year marks the end of all Pontiacs, including the G8. However, in July 2009, Bob Lutz made an off-hand comment during a press review that the G8 would be revived as the Chevrolet Caprice. Subsequently, Lutz retracted this statement, citing market conditions

2007 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 23, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2007 Pontiac G6

2007 Pontiac G6

Photo from automedia.com; text from Wikipedia, Pontiac G6 for 2007:

The 2007 G6 saw more engine changes, and standard side torso and side curtain airbags (actually introduced late in the 2006 model year) were new. The GT now featured VVT on its 3.5 L V6, raising power from 200 hp to 224 hp. The 3.9 L V6 became an option on the GT, producing 227 horsepower in automatic transmission form and 240 horsepower in manual transmission form. The GTP was given a new 3.6 L DOHC V6 with 24 valves and VVT, producing 252 horsepower. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Midway through the model year the six-speed was dropped with the 3.9 L, along with its 240 horsepower output. The GTP convertible was also discontinued.

2006 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on April 22, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
2006 Pontiac Solstice

2006 Pontiac Solstice

Pontiac introduces the new Solstice…. (information below from Wikipedia)

The Pontiac Solstice was a small sports car from the Pontiac division of General Motors. Introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the Solstice roadster began production in Wilmington, Delaware, starting in mid-2005 for the 2006 model year. The exterior styling of the production Solstice is similar to that of the 2002 Solstice concept that preceded it. Production of the Solstice was to be running before summer 2005, but delays at the Wilmington plant pushed volume production to the fourth quarter. The new hardtop targa 2009 model was announced in mid 2008. The Solstice uses the GM Kappa platform, which also underpins the Saturn Sky, Opel GT, and Daewoo G2X.

The Solstice was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award and Design of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) for 2006. It was a runaway hit for Pontiac, with 7,000 orders in the first 10 days of availability and 6,000 more orders before winter. Although first-year production was planned at 7,000, GM apologized to customers for delays and increased production, delivering 10,000 by March 1.

Production ended with the closure of the Wilmington Assembly plant in July 2009.