Pontiac is an American car brand, pertaining to General Motors. The cars were released under this brand from 1926 to 2010. The company received its name after the city of Pontiac, Michigan, where it was created, which, in its turn, was named after Chief Pontiac. more
Pontiac logo is a downward-facing, red arrowhead, called the “Dart”. Unfortunately, there is no official explanation of why this symbol was chosen by the brand. Before, the Pontiac’s emblem consisted of the silhouette of a Native American in different variations.
Pontiac became a separate brand in 1926 after the Oakland Motor Car Company (which produced cars under Oakland brand) fell apart. Just the same year, its first automobile, Pontiac 6-27, was introduced. First, General Motors advertised Pontiac as a low-price version of Oakland car, but later it focused more on its reliability. After the successful release of 1935 Pontiac Standard, the company started to expand.
In 1953, the first hardtop cars were presented and since then, all the cars of the brand were equipped with steering booster. In 1955, absolutely new bodies and chassis appeared. During the world crisis of 1978-1980, General Motors decided to produce more economic cars and presented sports coupe Pontiac Fiero, a mid-engined sports car, which was sold at reasonable price.
In 1982, Pontiac introduced the third generation of Firebird, which brought much profit to the company and allowed it to build more performance oriented cars. Since 1988, almost all Pontiacs were built on front-wheel drive platforms. In 1990, Pontiac released its first minivan and light truck, the Trans Sport. In 2009, the General Motors claimed about its intention to stop producing Pontiac cars because of financial difficulties. In 2010, the last Pontiac model G6 was built.