Eighteen months ago, GM sentenced Pontiac to death in order to prop up presumably healthy brands like Buick and Chevrolet. Pontiac wasn’t the only brand sacrificed before the alter of corporate profits, as siblings Hummer and Saturn ultimately got the blindfold and final cigarette as well. The last “official” day that new Pontiacs could be sold, according to existing dealer agreements, was October 31. The Truth About Cars tells us that there are still some 125 Pontiacs available on dealer lots as of October 30, so what’s to become of these unwanted stepchildren? Are they bound for the crusher, the victims of an indifferent corporate parent and apathetic salespeople? Will they be titled and sold as used cars, with the warranty clock running? The truth is that I can’t answer that particular question, but I suspect the cars will be purchased eventually. Presuming, of course, that the price is right.
Most of the remaining cars are rental fleet specials, like Pontiac G6s and G3s. It will be hard to miss the demise of either car, since they were hardly passion inspiring for those of us with 10w30 in our veins. Instead, perhaps a moment of silence is in order for cars like the G8 GXP, the ill-fated Solstice GXP Coupe or the failed-experiment GTO revival. Pontiac finally seemed to find a formula that would bring enthusiasts back to the brand; it’s too bad they ran out of time before the product mix produced the results they needed.