Introduced by General Motors in 1926 as the companion marque to their Oakland Motor Car line, the Pontiac name was actually first used twenty years prior by the Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works, and linked to Chief Pontiac, who had led an uprising against the British shortly after the French and Indian War.
In 1908, Pontiac and the Oakland Motor Company decided to merge under the name of the Oakland Motor Car Company, and their operations were joined in Pontiac, Michigan, to build the Cartercar. The next year, General Motors purchased Oakland.
The first General Motors Pontiac was conceived as an affordable six-cylinder that was intended to compete with more inexpensive four-cylinder models, and it was outselling Oakland within months of its introduction. As the years went on, and Pontiac's sales rose, Oakland's declined. In 1932, Pontiac became the only companion marque to survive its parent.
Sold in the United States and Mexico from 1926 to the present, Pontiac is now a mid-level brand offering a sporty, performance-driving experience with reasonable prices. It was originally a luxury brand, but after the release of the Fiero in the mid-eighties, GM gave it a sportier facelift to compete with the invasion of Japanese imports. It has remained in that niche ever since.
2010 Pontiac G3
The 2010 Pontiac G3 carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $14,275. It is a subcompact hatchback that has been designed to compete with the Honda Fit , the Chevrolet Aveo, the Scion xD and the Kia Soul. It is not meant for power, but for practicality and fuel efficiency. With standard seating for five adults and a surprising amount of cargo space, the G3 hatchback has an EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 27/34 MPG city/highway.
The engine that comes with the new G3 from Pontiac is a 1.6L 106hp 105 lb-ft inline four cylinder that is joined up to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Maximum horsepower is achieved at 6400 RPM while maximum torque is reached at 4000 RPM. With its 12 gallon capacity fuel tank, combined with such appreciable gas mileage, you'll be able to travel almost 400 miles in between stops at the gas station.
$14,275 is not a lot of money for a brand new vehicle these days. Standard features for comfort and convenience on the new Pontiac G3 include air conditioning, exterior mirrors that are the color of the body, 14 inch wheels, bucket seats in the front made of cloth, power steering and more. more
2010 Pontiac Vibe
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2009 Pontiac G3
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2009 Pontiac Torrent
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2009 Pontiac Solstice
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