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I have a real grudge against GM and Obama for killing those brands. Always liked the Pontiacs and we owned a Saab that I really liked. When it got totaled in an accident, had to replace it with a German car I don't like nearly as much.
The problem was that about 1 in three marketing dollars spent by GM were going to convince people to buy Pontiacs instead of Chevys, Buicks instead of Cadillacs, and Chevy pickups instead of GMCs , a deadweight loss to the corporation as a whole. The brands that died were the ones that were perceived to be duplicates of other marks: Oldsmobile hadn't had a unique model in years, and Pontiacs were, until they started bringing in the Holden models, identical between the axels to Chevys. (the only differences between a Pontiac Sunbird and a Chevy Cavalier were the front grill and the shape of the taillights. Mechanically they were indistinguishable.) Buick survived mainly due to a rather idiosyncratic popularity in China.
Another guy named dan
If you want to see some of these no longer in production cars go to an Orphan Car Show in your area. Nostalgia all the way...Studebaker, Desoto, Hudson, Nash, remember the Avanti?...and the list goes on.
Buick survives because they sell well in China, where it is seen as a prestige brand, pretty much the only American car to do so, with the possible exception of Jeep. GM needs to keep selling them in the US in order to keep the image of them as an American car, even though it looks like they will increasingly be produced in China.
Another guy named Dan
Pontiac Solstice. That and the Saturn Sky were actually two pretty good looking cars (I assume different cosmetically but the same underneath), although I really don't know if they had performance to match their looks.