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Ford's Mercury Could Follow Olds, Pontiac

Pontiac GTO



Pontiac was also a victim of GM's retrenchment to four core brands and was shut down in 2009 after 83 years.

The brand was widely thought to lack originality. "Nobody's going to miss Pontiac," said industry analyst James Harbour, founder of the Harbour Report and author of the autobiography "Factory Man," in a 2009 interview. "There was nothing unique about it. It competed with Saturn, Chevrolet, and the low-end of the Buick line -- and all the cars it had were derivative off a Chevrolet base."

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