Pontiac shuts down after 84 years

The car brand, formed in 1926, saw its end in sight when parent company General Motors (GM) decided to close it down after the firm went bankrupt last year. The brand had been seeing gradual decline over the years however.

Now the official shutdown has come as a result of GM's contract expiring withPontiac.

Prior to GM's bankruptcy,Pontiac was seeing plummeting sales figures, from an unprecedented one million figure in 1968 to a mere 267,000 in 2008.

The 'muscle' car had reached its peak of success in the 60s, with drivers admiring the powerful engine and grills in faster models.

The brand also caught more attention later, appearing in films like "Smokey and the Bandit" in 1970 - where Burt Reynolds and Sally Field escape inPontiac's Firebird Trans Am model.

Pontiac's golden days included the manufacturing of models like the GTO, Trans Am and Catalina 2+2, which came packed with horsepower and even featured colours such as "Tiger Gold".

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