A Brief History of Pontiac
The Pontiac brand was established by General Motors in 1926 as a companion to the company’s Oakland division. The brand was named after the famous Ottowa chief. Within a few months, Pontiac sales began to surpass Oakland sales and Oakland ceased production in 1932. The Pontiac Chief sold 39,000 units in six months and hit over 76,000 units in twelve months. By 1933, Pontiac became the brand where motorists could by a car with straight eight engines for the least amount of money. Pontiac models remained relatively similar in terms of design until 1949, when lower body lines and rear fenders were integrated. The Pontiac Chieftain line was introduced in 1949.
A four-cylinder engine was introduced in the Pontiac Tempest model line in 1961, and a six-cylinder engine was introduced in the Firebird in 1966. The latter was the first popular-priced, mass-produced engine in America. Pontiac changed general managers in 1956, when Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen became general manager and changed the brand’s image. He introduced the Bonneville – a limited edition Star Chief convertible with a retail price of $5,800. Pontiac called the Bonneville “America’s Number One Road Car.” The following year, Bonneville became its own Pontiac line and was the pace car for that year’s Indianapolis 500.
On December 2, 2008, General Motors announced it was considering eliminating several brands, including Pontiac. Throughout the following months, General Motors began laying people off and in May 2009, GM officially decided to retire the Pontiac brand. The last Pontiac, a white 2010 model year G6 4 door sedan, was built at the Orion Township Assembly Line in January 2010.
Although Pontiac cars are no longer in production, plenty of Courtenay residents still drive Pontiacs. Some popular models include:
- Pontiac Sunfire: A compact car that was in production from 1995 to 2005. The Sunfire could be purchased as a sedan, coupe, or convertible and came in both SE and GT trims.
- Pontiac Grand AM: The Pontiac Grand AM is a midsize car and later compact car that was in production from 1973 to 2005. All Pontiac Grand AM’s were built in Michigan. The last generation of the Pontiac Grand AM was larger than the previous models and came in sedan and coupe styles.
- Pontiac Vibe: The Pontiac Vibe is a compact car that was sold from 2002 to 2010. The Vibe was made by General Motors and Toyota, and is very similar to the Toyota Matrix.
Your Trusted Shop for Pontiac Repair
Eventually, all vehicles need to be brought in for repairs. Whatever your needs are, you can take your Pontiac to KEAN Auto Services. Proudly serving residents of Courtenay and surrounding areas since 1971, our highly-skilled technicians go through extensive automotive repair training. At KEAN Auto Services, our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction, and we will make sure your vehicle is taken care of with top-notch service and also efficiently and cost-effectively. Here are some reasons why you should choose us:
- If you get an oil change with us, you are eligible for free 24-hour roadside assistance for a year.
- We have fair and honest pricing.
- We treat our customers the same way we want to be treated and will explain the fixes your car needs in easy-to-understand terms.
- Our location is convenient; we are one block away from Walmart, Winners, London Drug and many other stores.
- We offer courtesy services and can drop you off to your home or work while your car is being serviced, and pick you up at the end of the day.
If you are in or nearby Courtenay, feel free to give us a call at 250-897-3643 to schedule an appointment at KEAN Auto Services today!