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Final U.S. market Pontiac Rolls off Production Line

 Final U.S. market Pontiac Rolls off Production Line
2009 Pontiax G6 Sedan

Will be sold as a fleet vehicle

In a quiet and joyless ceremony, the last US market Pontiac has rolled off the assembly line in Lake Orion, Michigan.

The final car, a white G6 sedan, didn't even get a triumphant send off, a speech, or a banner. Instead, a handful of employees stopped to snap cell phone pictures as the car slowly made its way down the assembly line. The subdued moment was further highlighted by the fact that the G6 will be sold as a fleet vehicle, instead of being kept as a museum piece.

As sad as it sounds, this isn't the final Pontiac that is going to be produced. That dubious honor goes to the Korean-built G3 Wave, which is scheduled to go out of production in December.

Source: detnews
Published Nov 26, 2009 1:00 pm By Michael Gauthier
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 diegmdie diegmdie
It's about time. Pontiac always was trash. All americanos can now bow to there German Masters.
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January 8, 2010 8:44 am
 Arto-7 Arto-7
looks like the phoenix won't be rising from the ashes this time :-( so sad
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January 3, 2010 9:48 pm
 mldrieling mldrieling
VW fans, be afraid. Yes they are making good cars right now but they were all but dead in the US in the 80's. Same with Audi and calling Suzuki a successful brand is a joke. They haven't been all that successful here in the states. Toyota passed GM as the number 1 car manufacturer only to see a rash of recalls. GM won't bring back Pontiac, there is not enough market share; they kept Buick because it was making money in China. What's sad is they killed Oldsmobile (oldest car manufacturer in the US) just as they had a good car(Aurora), Saturn (Aura), and Pontiac (G8). There is a band trend, too little too late. Rest in Peace Pontiac.
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November 30, 2009 6:18 pm
 Razz Razz
I don't feel bad at all .. this is the market and we all play what it sings. My only "problem" is that Firebird could have been used because it is a brand for sportscar worldwide, what can you do when they are ignorant ?
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November 27, 2009 10:57 pm
You can't really consider a brand dead as long as GM keeps the rights to the name. Just consider it a period of rest. But it is sad to think that the only American brand with mainstream cars that is worth considering buying (design, price, and spec wise) is going to be with us no more.
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November 27, 2009 7:30 pm
 scalafragus scalafragus
The saddest part is that the G8 will not survive. This to ma was truely a beautifull and sporty sedan.
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November 27, 2009 5:41 pm
 richard_x richard_x
Goodbye pontiac, maker of the legendary firebird, sad to see you go, however you put it the downturn of the big car brands is the fault of the investors of GM. While stock quoted every investor in the company wants to make the most money out of the share, resulting in this.... if this situation happend 20 years ago brands like pontiac where still here, but the ignorence the me myself and I mentality has resulted in this. The clove between rich an poor is growing, stupidity by the people that invest
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November 27, 2009 11:04 am
 louisf louisf
Before everyone picks on GM, I believe they wanted to keep Pontiac as a sub-brand to Buick, but it would not fly past Obama's review panel, and therefor killed. Considering it was recognized as the sporty brand of GM, it was worth keeping. What is their sporting brand now?
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November 27, 2009 6:37 am
 CarFan56 CarFan56
They don't care how much it has contributed to the car industry. They care how many are selling.
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November 26, 2009 10:06 pm
 2010S5 2010S5
Very sad. Never liked the brand at all but by all means, it was an American icon, around for such a long time. Congrats GM, for screwing up big time.
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November 26, 2009 8:06 pm
 2nice 2nice
Pontiac as an icon died in the 70s .. I am not sorry for those plastic things ..
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November 26, 2009 7:45 pm
 CarFan56 CarFan56
nederina, Why would GM kill buick, it is an important brand in the chinese market
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November 26, 2009 7:28 pm
 sw1000 sw1000
Smokey & the Bandit 1 & 2 were on a few weeks back and I watched them for nostalgia. That Firebird is a true American muscle car, it pains me when you see them rusting some where or in poor condition. This is coming from someone who is no fan of American branded cars, a true classic though. I'll get youuu Banddittttt
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November 26, 2009 7:21 pm
 nederina nederina
GM could have killed its other brands like Buick and kept its sporting Pontiac brand.
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November 26, 2009 7:16 pm
 saytamaner saytamaner
I'm 41 years old and I live in Turkey. I consider myself as a car nut since my childhood years when I started buying car magazines, collecting model cars, drawing car pictures, even creating my own designs. At late seventies and early eighties, my favorite car was Firebird and I always loved the Pontiac brand thanks to that car, and now I'm very sad to see the demise of the brand of my childhood dreams...
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November 26, 2009 7:00 pm
 Renegade Renegade
What a brand, what a legend, what a history of power and coolness. Well, if GM keeps up with the recovery plan, they will be able to revive Pontiac in less then a decade. And yeah, the G6 is a pretty decent car.
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November 26, 2009 6:54 pm
 sw1000 sw1000
Taking into account that car in the picture this is no bad thing. I have fond memories of Pontiacs from Smokey and the Bandit when I was growing up and knight rider. What happened!!!!!!!!!!!
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November 26, 2009 6:46 pm
 CarFan56 CarFan56
GM, your time has past. It is the dawn of the Volkswagen group era. All hail the world largest automaker!
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November 26, 2009 6:39 pm
 politz politz
So sad. And it saddens me the most to know the last Pontiac will be... a G3.
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November 26, 2009 6:29 pm
 CarLife CarLife
That is indeed a sad send off for the last U.S. built Pontiac.
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November 26, 2009 6:12 pm