Pontiac was a brand of automobiles produced since 1926 and sold in the United States , Canada and Mexico by General Motors until 2010.Marketed as an “athletic” brand specializing in integrating vehicle performance. In 2009 it was announced that the brand would be closed until 2010, the reason being that the brand owned only 2% of the United States sales. The brand that produced automobiles since 1926 and operated in some countries by General Motors, has reached the end of its 83-year history in 2010. Founded by General Motors, Pontiac was aiming to offer “more for less” by providing high- same price as competitors of only four cylinders. Just a few years after its founding, Pontiac was launching a car with 8 cylinders in line, and even then, it was cheaper than the V8 of other brands, although it did not have the performance like strong point, being little inferior of its more expensive competitors . For those who could not afford an 8-in-V, the large 8-cylinder in-line was available, which fulfilled its role without being ugly. Built with the idea of offering more performance at a lower price, it would have been quite successful even from the 1940s, when the economy became an important factor for the world. It was at this time that the first target audience of the automaker appeared; young people with a good purchasing power. In 1956 Pontiac would change its focus, starting to manufacture cars with more sporting appeal, with big and low profile, and offering V8 engines. The big year that the company jumped was 1964, and the responsible for it was its great launch, the Pontiac GTO, which was, and still is, considered the first coverking car covers.
Three years later, in 1967, Pontiac was once among the top sports brands of the day, this time with Firebird, which became the icon of the automaker. In times of crisis in the mid-1970s, Pontiac was forced to shift its focus from vehicles, adapting to produce smaller and economical models, a fact that lasted for 9 years, until the arrival of the new generation of Firebird in 1982, causing the automaker to return to the sports segment. In 1984, sales of Pontiac cars increased, due to the production of the TV seriesThe Super Machine , which co-starred in a fully equipped Pontiac car. In 1984, Pontiac brought the Fiero, causing sales to increase, as the model presented good price added to good performance, a game of “recap” of the old idea of the brand. During the 1980s and 1990s, the models gradually lost their identity, and offered few attractive models, many of which were vehicles derived from General Motors, which would end up preaching the coffin of the company, bordering only 2%. car sales in the US, its end, announced on Monday, April 27, 2009, is justified during the restructuring of the General Motors group.
Curiosities With its well-known Indian Head logo, the Pontiac brand has long been considered the brand of General Motors muscle cars. Introduced in 1926, the brand has long been known for its style and power of the engine, with its larger engine eventually reaching 455 cubic inches in a V-8 model that was available in mid-size and full-size Pontiac vehicles, in addition to of their sports cars. At the same time Pontiac engines were rated at 390 horsepower. Schedule Pontiac brand cars were originally produced by the Pontiac Spring and Wagon runs as early as 1906. Fun Fact Pontiac derives its name from the famous Indian chief of the same name, who led a rebellion against the English after the end of the Franco-Indigenous War. Story The Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works Company and the Oakland Motor Car Company, which was founded by Edward Murphy, incorporated operations in 1908 and was subsequently acquired by the General Motors Company in 1909. Features The Pontiac brand of automobile was created in 1926 as a more muscular companion to the line of GM Oakland cars. Considerations Oakland ceased production of its brand vehicles in 1932, leaving Pontiac as the successor to the original Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works.
PONTIAC FIRE BIRD
Many cars have made their way onto movie screens from Disney’s Herbie Beetle to the Aston Martin DB10 of “007 against Specter,” but few cars have symbolized a movie like the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1978. It was the car of Burt Reynolds in “Smokey and Bandit,” which here was dubbed “Hold Me If You Can”. Since the famous chase sequence in “Bullitt” (1968), with Steve McQueen himself behind the wheel, the auto industry realized that putting cars in the movies would help sell more. GM did it very well with Firebird. In addition to Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone also starred opposite the muscle car in “Rocky II” in a caricature scene without the appeal of the gentleman driver of Reynolds and McQueen.
The second generation Firebird was launched in 1970, and once again shared body and chassis with the Camaro. He had grown up, started drawing fastback . It was a car that attracted attention and had credentials to compete market with Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Plymouth Cuda. The problem was the worsening oil crisis that prompted the US government to force manufacturers to make huge cars cheaper. It was necessary to reduce power. Hence engines that delivered almost 400 hp were strangled to release just over 130 hp. The fact is that GM needed to convince the American consumer that the Firebird would live up to the aggressive look, even after the “castration.” At that time, compact and lighter models like Mustang II and Chevrolet Monza were able to deliver good performance due to reduced weight. But GM still believed in the potential of muscle cars that were alone in the square. The rivals disappeared and the names were lent to squalid, compact cars.
The 1970s were bitter for muscle cars. These models of high power and simple finish emerged in the 1960s and became a fever. But in the middle of the following decade they fell into disgrace. So all advertising was welcome and the cinema that created a generation of customers at Phillip-Morris would also be able to sell big cars, even as fuel on high.
Trans Am was the icing on the cake of the Firebird line. It had bold décor with a flaming phoenix on the hood, T-Top roof, with detachable panels and other decorative elements with wheels and gold friezes, among other firulas. Bandit’s car was just like that. In the film, truckers Bandit and Smokey have to break through the police siege to smuggle a shipment of beer from Texas to Georgia. It is an action movie with elements of the best movie theaters and makes it clear that the Firebird has as important a role as Bandit and Snowball, so much so that the car was the “bait” to catch the attention of the cops. The Trans Am 77 was equipped with an immense 6.8-liter V8, with a Quadrijet carburetor, but only yielded 203 hp. On the other hand, they were still engines that delivered a lot of torque due to the displacement. This was one of 14 engines that Firebird used until 1981, when it changed generations. In the film, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was able to get cops to eat dust, jump over broken bridges and other feats that did not match reality.
The Pontiac Solstice is a small, sporty roadster that was missed when the Pontiac – General Motors satellite brand – died in 2009. The car was pleasing to its agility thanks to the combination of short length (3.99 meters), rear-wheel drive, nice styling , comfortable interior and price below $ 20,000 dollars when 0KM in the USA.
Solstice has not been manufactured since 2009, but it is possible to find some specimens for sale in Brazil – used, with unbeatable prices in the house of R $ 120,000 reais.
The car was offered in two versions of EcoTec four-cylinder engines with block and alimínio, and double valve control variable: 2.0L of 132 hp, and 2.4L of 177 hp, associated with an automatic gearbox. In the middle of the muscle car war, in which the most recent battle was between the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and the Hennessey Camaro ZL1 The Exorcist , a model with interesting specs went unnoticed. It’s a Pontiac Trans Am. It’s true that Chevrolet killed Pontiac seven years ago, but brand-name fans created TransAm Depot and have now brought the model to life using a sixth-generation Camaro. The trainer works restoring old Trans Am, however, had already created a modern version of the classic over the previous generation of the Camaro. However, work on the sixth generation was even better. If in the fifth generation the “Pontiac” had 840 hp, the new one has 1,013 hp and 141 kgfm of torque. In addition, the engine was redone to reach the 7.4 liters vs. 6.2 liters of the original Camaro ZL1. There is also a 2.3-liter supercharger and a redone exhaust system. The look is inspired by the most iconic Pontiac Trans Am, created in 1977, thus celebrating 40 years. For this, the headlights and lanterns were modified, just as an aerodynamic kit was installed. In the front, the hood receives the traditional phoenix, in addition to the symbol of Pontiac. Only 50 units will be sold, therefore, more exclusive than the Exorcist.
The combination of rear-wheel drive, independent suspensions and direct and light steering makes the car very pleasant to be driven, presenting a precise and fast behavior.
Pontiac Solstice – interior
In curves, the impression is that it is stuck walking on rails – a behavior that conveys safety.
Pontiac Solstice – interior
The interior sports a panel with pilot-centric ergonomics, but without sophistication. It is simple and objective, with good quality materials.
Pontiac Solstice – panel
The Pontiac Solstice is a car that intends to offer pleasure of driving a short, two-seat, rear-wheel drive, at affordable price to mortals. This in the US, of course, where its launch price – less than US $ 20,000 – caused queues and premiums of up to 50% in price.