Obama killed Pontiac

October 27, 2013 - By John Seiler

Pontiac GTO 1966 , wikimediaRemember all the blather last year from the Obama campaign about how he “saved” GM? It turns out President Obama killed the great Pontiac marque of cars, and even wanted to kill Buick and GMC. That cost tens of thousands of jobs. From Jalopnik:

“When General Motors shut down Pontiac, it left a lot of enthusiasts wondering why. It was primed with a lineup of powerful, rear-wheel drive models, and seemed like it had a bright future ahead of it. It turns out that GM killed it on government orders, according to former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz….

“there’s not much of an explanation yet as to the specific objections the Feds had about Pontiac. The division seemed to be heading in the right direction after years of wayward stumbling. The Pontiac G8 was receiving rave reviews, and a new GTO was in the pipeline.

“Lutz went on to tell Rong that Pontiac was intended to have an all rear-wheel-drive lineup, and that the new Pontiac G6 was supposed to share a platform with the fairly excellent Cadillac ATS.”

Maybe Pontiac was killed because the Obama regime hates rear-wheel-drive cars, favoring instead electric and hybrid cars like the Chevy Volt. In any case, this is what happens when government takes over industry. If GM had been allowed to “fail,” without government interference, it still would have survived a bankruptcy sale, just in a different form than Obama wanted. Likely Pontiac would have been saved — and with it all those thousands of jobs.

Let’s drive down nostalgia lane — Pacific Coast Highway — with Ronnie and the Daytonas:

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Comments(7)
  1. Rex the Wonderdog! says:

    Goat baby!

  2. Let It Collapse says:

    As a means to ‘stimulate the economy’ and support the auto manufacturers it wouldn’t surprise me if Obama orders another “Cash for Clunkers” deal, this time mandated, for the elimination of all cars manufactured before year 2000. And if you make less than $50,000 a year with a family of 4 you get a free car. Just make all roads in America “toll roads” costing 10 cents a mile with $70,000 salaried government workers collecting at the toll booths. And put a $100,000 cop in each toll booth screening for impaired drivers. don’t laugh. It’s not that far fetched.

  3. Queeg says:

    The flat eight 1955 stick shift v-8 Indian was some machine……the 1957 best looking Indian ever.

  4. Let It Collapse says:

    Those old ’57 chevs with the shark fin lights were so cool. You could be ugly as a mud hut but if you drove a ’57 chev with an 8-track player the homecoming queen would be all over ya. One kid in the neighborhood could have been the posterboy for Clearasil but drove a ’57 chev and always had the hot chics.

  5. SkippingDog says:

    No, John. What finally killed Pontiac was the Aztek. You’re not one of those few poor fools who actually bought one, are you?

  6. John Seiler says:

    No, I didn’t buy one. But Walter White did.

  7. Queeg says:

    A third tier guy with a 57′ Plymouth convertible( fins up the wazoo) had the hottest cheerleader hanging on him driving the gritty steel mill town streets on hot summer evenings…..we all just shook our heads….jocks with no wheels or hope…..for a competitive chick magnet…

    By the way they are still married living in Carmel almost 57 years later!

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