General Motors plans to curtail or shrink the Pontiac has touched many of us who remember when the brand was a mighty part of the GM stable. It seems like everyone has a story to tell about their Pontiac.
So what happened to lead to GM’s decision to shrink the brand? Many pundits point to the oil embargo of the 1970s. That was the first time that Americans started to worry about the availability and the rising price of gasoline. And Pontiac models could gobble up that gas.
Then experts say that General Motors forced Pontiac to share platforms and engines with Chevrolet in the 1970s and ‘80s for cost cutting reasons.
Then came this auto industry recession and one could say that the fate of Pontiac was sealed. Well, at least it is not being killed off. Not yet, anyway. That’s something that Pontiac lovers can hold on to.
via New York Times