The U.S. Government Killed Pontiac

Former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz was speaking recently at the Peterson Auto Museum in Los Angeles, and  shared some interesting information regarding the U.S. government's bailout of GM back in 2009. Here's how it went down according to Lutz: "The Feds basically wanted to get GM down to Cadillac and Chevrolet. They said, 'You don't need all these brands. You need one prestige brand and one mass-market brand.'" Lutz said in the interview. Along with Pontiac, Saturn was also axed via federal requests, while Buick and GMC managed to stick around. This came at a time when Pontiac was hard at work building likable cars like the G6, G8, and even a possible sport truck. Now, they're all gone forever. Thankfully, Chevrolet did resurrect the much-loved G8 in the form of the SS. But as for the rest of the promising Pontiacs, they're all lying somewhere in GM's idea graveyard. RIP. Click Here to See More of the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP