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Posted By: John Kuvakas Moderator Zone Diplomat
Posted On: Thursday October 10, 2019 at 1:06 PM
 
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I agree. But, by the time they ceased production...
Both nameplates were really not much more than rehashed versions of some other car GM was making. There were no longer unique engines and drivetrains which once made a difference.

As far as the designs go, you can look as far back as you like and see that except for grilles and taillights, many of GM's offerings were just variations on a central theme. No that I didn't like them. I did! But the more I look at offerings from the Big Three in the fifties and sixties, the more I see that they were all badge engineering most of their models.

That philosophy came home to roost in the eighties and nineties as the manufacturers tried to streamline production. Eventually, there was really no reason to make Mercuries, Plymouths, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs.

I loved the Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles of the sixties. But from the mid-seventies on, Bruce is spot on.

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What happened to Pontiac? by John Kuvakas #44473ModeratorZone Diplomat
What a shame! (EOM) by John Bono #44473.1
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Pontiac Demise by Rand Anderson #44473.2
I will never buy another GM product because of the Pontiac/Olds demise. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #44473.3
I used to be upset when Pontiac and other brands eliminated. Then it dawned on me that the by George Schire #44473.4
Yeah...but...but....the history and nostalgia of the name means a lot to me. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #44473.4.1
I agree. But, by the time they ceased production... by John Kuvakas #44473.4.1.1ModeratorZone Diplomat
Back in the day each brand was a separate division under GM's corporate flag.. The cars produced by Bruce Gibbins #44473.5
So with regard to "brand loyalty", what if Chevy decided to call their next car Pontiac? by George Schire #44473.5.1
We are both on the same page, George. Scope my post again..... by Bruce Gibbins #44473.5.1.1
George and Bruce I agree with both of your thoughts. (EOM) by Bob Jackman #44473.5.1.1.1
True enough you guys, but depressing. Makes vintage cars more important! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #44473.5.1.1.1.1
Our wonderful government under Obama forced GM into eliminating brands. So, although Pontiac outsold by steve kiraly #44473.6




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