Pontiac was founded in 1907 under the name of Oakland Motor Car Company in Pontiac, Michigan USA. It’s founder was Edward Murphy, who sold the company to General Motors in 1909. Oakland introduced the first Pontiac car in 1926, which had a nickname “Chief of the sixies”.
The car was equipped with six-cylinder engine and presented on the New York Auto Show. The debut was successful and brand was renamed from Oakland to Pontiac.
During the 1930s and ’40s Pontiac made coupe, sedans and wagons with low-and middle-range prices. Pontiac cars had a unique design element, which was known as the “Silver Streak” – chrome moldings on the hood.
In 1950 large and stylish cruiser Pontiac Bonneville was created. Soon Pontiac produced a compact Tempest, which got a GTO option in 1964. It was possible to install a powerful V8 engine on that car. Tempest became the first Pontiac “Muscle Car” – phenomenally successful GTO series.
The oil crisis of 70s made the fuel economy a main criteria while choosing a car for many buyers. Following the example of its brothers and sisters in GM corporation, Pontiac produced compact cars such as Venture and Phoenix.
In 90s Pontiac experienced problems with car sales due to changes in consumers’ tastes. Hoping to return its customers the company removed old car models and made brand new ones: Vibe, Solstice, and Pontiac G8. They were rather successful and took their places in many market segments. However, the financial problems of GM in 2008 and 2009 led to the decision of removing the Pontiac brand at all. Thus, 2009 was the last year for the new models of Pontiac, only Vibe was produced until 2010.