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  • Mummified body in Detroit somehow manages to vote after death

    03/11/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Mar 2014 | Sarah Hofmann
    Despite being dead since 2008, the mummified body of a 49-year old Detroit woman was recorded voting in the 2010 Michigan gubernatorial election. The body of 49-year old Pia Farrenkopf was discovered in her garage on March 5, sitting in the backseat of her Jeep Liberty. It was found by a contractor who was going through the house since it’s being foreclosed on. Although her remains are believed to be at least six years old, records in Oakland County show Farrenkopf voting in the 2010 gubernatorial election between Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero. City of Pontiac officials told...
  • Voting Records Raise Questions After Mummified Body Found (The Mummy Votes)

    03/11/2014 8:35:07 AM PDT · by robowombat · 52 replies
    CBS WWJ Detroit ^ | March 11, 2014 6:46 AM
    Voting Records Raise Questions After Mummified Body Found PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) - Voting records are raising questions amid an investigation into the discovery of a woman’s mummified body in the garage of a foreclosed metro Detroit home. The body found last Wednesday in Pontiac is that of Pia Farrenkopf — according to her sister, Paula Logan. Authorities investigating the case haven’t released her name, but they have said that the woman apparently died in 2008 at the age of 49. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, records show Farrenkopf as voting in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. Officials...
  • Michigan Woman Dead for Six Years Found Only After Money Runs Out

    03/10/2014 6:35:45 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 7, 2014 | Jon Herskovitz
    Michigan woman dead for six years found only after money runs out For six years the bills were paid, the grass was cut and no one noticed the body of the dead woman sitting in the back seat of a car in a garage of a residential Pontiac, Michigan neighborhood. Her mummified body was finally found this week by someone dispatched to check on the property that fell into foreclosure after the money ran out of her account and the mortgage payments stopped, police said on Friday. "It is kind of the perfect storm for a mysterious set of circumstance...
  • The mummified woman whose body lay undisturbed for five years in the back seat of a jeep ...

    03/10/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 10, 2014 | TED THORNHILL and ALEX GREIG
    A picture has surfaced of a woman whose mummified remains were found in the garage of her Pontiac home, the body having lain there for around five years. It is believed to be that of Pia Davida Farrenkopf, 49, the home's last occupant - though the police have yet to confirm this - and a black-and-white high school photograph of her has emerged.... The remains were discovered only last Wednesday when a bank contractor was sent to the home to investigate a hole in the roof after it went into foreclosure in March 2013. Farrenkopf's payments for her mortgage, utilities...
  • Mummified Body Found Inside Vehicle Parked In Garage At Foreclosed Home (Michigan)

    03/06/2014 2:36:53 PM PST · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 3-6-14 | unattributed
    Police say a body found inside a vehicle at a foreclosed home in metro Detroit might have been rotting there for several years. A woman’s body “in a mummified state” was discovered in the back seat of a Jeep Liberty, parked in the attached garage of a home in the 1600 block of Savanna, near Walton Boulevard and Silver Lake Road in Pontiac, according to police. A contractor made the discovery just after 6 p.m. Wednesday while working at the home, which is going through foreclosure. Police said the license plate on the woman’s vehicle expired in 2008, which could...
  • Pontiac GTO 50th Anniversary: Ghost of “The Goat” Still Haunts Detroit – and Stuttgart, Too

    02/16/2014 6:48:26 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 45 replies
    Hagerty ^ | 10 February 2014 | Jim Koscs
    Happy 50th anniversary, Pontiac GTO! It’s too bad the Pontiac brand isn’t still around to celebrate, but there are legions of proud GTO owners and muscle car buffs who treasure the model that launched the muscle car genre. The GTO history has been told too many times to count, so this feature will not add to the pile. Rather, it’s worth looking back at the impact the GTO made, not only on car enthusiasts, but also on the auto industry. The GTO’s influence continues today in ways and on cars that you might not suspect. Let’s get a key issue...
  • Vicious Dog Drama In Pontiac; Cops Shoot German Shepherd In Early Morning Showdown (2nd Dog Sought)

    02/09/2014 11:10:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Deadline Detroit ^ | February 7th, 2014
    A German shepherd suspected in a series of vicious and unprovoked attacks on people in Pontiac this week died in a face-off with Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies in Auburn Hills early Friday, Eric D. Lawrence reports in the Free Press. The dog was one of two now-dead German shepherds that authorities said had terrorized residents and emergency workers Wednesday and Thursday. In one attack Thursday morning, the dogs bit and dragged a 56-year-old Pontiac woman down a city street. She was rescued by a passing motorist. The Oakland Press reports a sheriff’s deputy shot one of the dogs when both...
  • Feds Told GM To Drop Pontiac Or No Bailout, Ex-GM Exec Says

    10/27/2013 7:51:03 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 59 replies
    alopnik.com ^ | Oct 26 2013 | MICHAEL BALLABAN
    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.
  • Union Demands Immediate Health Insurance Payment From School District In Serious Debt

    07/10/2013 12:46:43 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/3/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is demanding that the Pontiac School District pay in full $7.8 million it owes the Michigan Education Special Services Association by the end of July despite a judge ruling the district has 10 years to pay off the debt. This comes as the state reviews the finances of the Pontiac School District to see if an emergency manager should be put in charge because the district has seen its deficit quadruple to $37.7 million since 2009. According to a Michigan Department of Education memo dated May 20, Pontiac’s state aid was threatened to be withheld because...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Keiser Report: Hollywood Accounting (Granholm film studio scam0

    12/08/2012 9:08:57 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 08 December 2012
    Video 25:46 First half: discussion about Governor Jennifer Granholm and her connection to tax funded Hollywood film studio scam in Pontiac MI Second half: Matt Taibbi
  • Michigan Town Woos Hollywood, but Ends Up With a Bit Part (Ganholm)

    12/08/2012 9:14:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03 December 2012 | Louise Story
    PONTIAC, Mich. — Even the great and powerful Oz could not save the film studio that was supposed to save this town. The studio, a state-of-the-art facility fit for Hollywood blockbusters, had risen from the ruins of a General Motors complex here. It was the brainchild of a small group of investors with big plans: the studio would attract prestigious filmmakers, and the movie productions would create jobs and pump money into the local economy. A glamorous sheen would rub off on this down-on-its-luck town. But in Pontiac, happy endings do not usually come Hollywood-style. The tale behind the studio,...
  • Before Emergency Manager, City Had 87 Different Health Plans

    09/06/2012 10:52:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Talk about bureaucratic red tape. Try dealing with 87 different government union health insurance plans. That was one of the headaches Lou Schimmel faced when he became emergency manager for the city of Pontiac. The city now has one plan and will save millions by consolidating, which would have been nearly impossible without the state's emergency manager law. "Every union had their own negotiated health plan with either no or low deductibles and co-pays,” said John Naglick, Pontiac's finance director. "These plans had been negotiated over the years. An employee who retired under a certain health plan expected to be...
  • Michigan’s Emergency Managers Seen as Major Threat by Labor

    09/03/2012 6:44:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Stateline.org ^ | By Melissa Maynard, Staff Writer
    Gerald McEntee had Michigan on his mind in June when he delivered his final address as president of the nation’s largest public employee union. “Our sisters and brothers in Michigan are on the front lines in the next critical battle,” McEntee told the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He declared that the imperative was “defeating Governor Rick Snyder's anti-worker and anti-American emergency manager’s bill. These managers are local dictators who rip up union contracts.” Focusing on an emergency manager bill in one state might seem an unlikely valedictory for a legendary labor leader who has served his...
  • Is the Woodward Loop hurting Pontiac's downtown?

    03/03/2012 6:24:40 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 21 replies
    Oakland Press ^ | 3-3-2012 | Shaun Byron
    It’s been called the Woodward Loop and Wide Track Drive. It’s also been cited as the reason for downtown Pontiac’s struggle to survive, circling traffic around local merchants and restaurants. Oakland County planners are trying to figure out ways to attract traffic into downtown Pontiac, rather than have traffic diverted around the downtown district. The public is invited to attend a meeting with local government officials, planners, residents and business owners to discuss how to fix what many argue has become a barrier for the neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Funding for the effort was through a $300,000 Sustainable Communities Challenge...
  • Michigan's Solyndra?

    01/31/2012 12:04:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/31/2012 | Jack McHugh
    According to The Detroit News, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm made a deal with a group of wealthy and politically connected individuals in Oakland County to use state pension funds to guarantee $18 million they borrowed to set up a film studio in Pontiac, essentially making the pension fund the “co-signer” on the loan. The “business model” for this studio was completely dependent on another of Gov. Granholm’s corporate welfare schemes, a subsidy program that paid up to 42 percent of film producers’ Michigan expenses. No reputable economist has ever defended these subsidies, which are pure “political development” programs, not economic...
  • Welcome to Austerityville:Can a technocrat save the Michigan city that democracy failed?

    11/24/2011 10:01:13 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Nov. 23, 2011 | David Weigel
    To get to city hall, you drive up I-75, past the empty Silverdome where the Detroit Lions used to play, and into a nondescript concrete municipal building. The city clerk was laid off a few days ago, but the door to her office hangs open. The mayor, Leon Jukowski, gives me a brief tour of the desks where people no longer work. Cubicles sit empty, little tchotkes and calendars left behind when their owners were laid off. “At one time we had 800, 900 city employees,” says Jukowski. “We have 150 now. And we have the same services that we...
  • Rasmussen: 50% Less Likely to Buy GM Because of Bailout

    09/30/2011 3:30:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 09/30/2011
    Federal bailout funding may have prevented General Motors from going through a normal bankruptcy process, but it has come at a significant price in terms of reputation and potential buyers. Fifty percent (50%) of American adults are less likely to buy a GM car because of the bailout. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds just four percent (4%) are more likely to buy from the company that critics refer to as Government Motors. Forty-two percent (42%) say the bailout has had no impact on their buying plans one way or the other. The flip side of the data...
  • CANCELLED: The Five Auto Brands Lost to the Great Recession

    10/04/2010 10:57:11 AM PDT · by wrrock · 21 replies
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 10/4/2010 | CDR
    The great recession hit the automotive industry hard — so hard in fact — five famous auto brands ceased to introduce any more cars. Most of these brands were axed after Rick Wagoner, then CEO of GM, was asked to step down at the behest of the Obama administration (See: Government Forces Out Wagoner at GM). For many brand-loyalists, the fall of these brands represent a sad day — watch the videos for first hand testimony and interviews. VIEW THE FIVE CAR BRANDS...
  • Pontiac, maker of muscle cars, ends after 84 years

    11/01/2010 6:44:47 AM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 10-31-10 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT – Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, is going out of business on Sunday. The 84-year-old brand, moribund since General Motors decided to kill it last year as it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been in decline for years. It was undone by a combination of poor corporate strategy and changing driver tastes. On Oct. 31, GM's agreements with Pontiac dealers expire.
  • GM's Pontiac brand officially dies today

    10/31/2010 10:58:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Over Oil.com ^ | 10/31/10 | USA Today
    After 84 years, General Motors officially says goodbye forever today to Pontiac. No more Bonnevilles. No more Firebird Trans Ams. No more GTOs.
  • Pontiac Falls From Muscle Car Glory to Graveyard

    10/29/2010 2:55:35 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 101 replies · 4+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/29/2010 | Nick Bunkley
    DETROIT — Pontiac, the brand that invented the muscle car under its flamboyant engineer John Z. DeLorean, helped Burt Reynolds elude Sheriff Justice in “Smokey and the Bandit” and taught baby boomers to salivate over horsepower, but produced mostly forgettable cars for their children, will endure a lonely death on Sunday after about 40 million in sales. It was 84 years old. The cause of death was in dispute. Fans said Pontiac’s wounds were self-inflicted, while General Motors blamed a terminal illness contracted during last year’s bankruptcy. Pontiac built its last car nearly a year ago, but the official end...
  • 2011 Automotive Hot List: The Departed... (Discontinued car brand/marques)

    10/02/2010 8:21:28 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/2/10 | Road and Track staff
    If there’s one constant in this world, it’s this: We live in a world of constant flux. In the automotive world, however, we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the same group of manufacturers introduce new models each year. You know the names. But for the 2011 model year—thanks largely to the huge economic downturn that began in late 2008—four well-known American nameplates have gone the way of the Edsel, so to speak...
  • The 10 Greatest Pontiacs

    05/14/2010 10:48:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 75 replies · 1,404+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 05/14/2010 | Source: http://jalopnik.com/5229443/the-ten-greatest-pontiacs
    1. 2009 G8 GXP 2. 1964 GTO 3. 2010 G8 ST 4. 2009 Solstice GXP Coupe 5. Bonneville 6. 1969 GTO "Judge" 7. 1978 Trans Am 8. 2002 Trans Am WS6 9. 1956 Star Chief 10. 1988 Fiero GT
  • G.M. to Close Hummer After Sale Collapses

    02/24/2010 1:40:42 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 895+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 24, 2010 | NICK BUNKLEY
    G.M. to Close Hummer After Sale Collapses NICK BUNKLEY February 24, 2010 DETROIT — Hummer, the brand of big sport-utility vehicles that became synonymous with the term “gas guzzler,” is being shut down after a deal to sell it to a Chinese manufacturer fell apart, General Motors said Wednesday. G.M. said only that its planned sale of Hummer to the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Company “cannot be completed,” without giving a reason, but the $150 million deal had been stalled as the companies awaited approval from the Chinese government. G.M. had been trying to sell Hummer for a year,...
  • Homemade sledding rocket explodes

    02/02/2010 6:19:09 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 1,174+ views
    UPI ^ | February 2, 2010
    PONTIAC, Mich., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Michigan said a man was hospitalized with second-degree burns when his homemade sledding rocket pack exploded. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the 62-year-old Independence Township man constructed a backpack from a motorcycle muffler filled with gasoline and gunpowder and put on a motorcycle helmet before sledding down his back yard hill with the fuse lit, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday. "At some point during the ride, the device exploded," Undersheriff Mike McCabe told The Detroit News. "Apparently, he has this sledding party every year, and he always does outrageous things...
  • GM Plans Pontiac Fire Sale (as much as 46% off the sticker price)

    12/29/2009 7:46:52 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 38 replies · 2,399+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/29/2009
    General Motors Co. is offering its dealers hefty incentives to move thousands of leftover vehicles from its discontinued Saturn and Pontiac brands. The unusual tactic could inflate the car maker's December sales and cut the cost to car buyers by as much as 46% off the sticker price. In what is equivalent to a year-end fire sale, GM sent letters to dealers Dec. 23 saying it would pay them $7,000 for every new Saturn or Pontiac on their lot that is moved to rental-vehicle or service-vehicle fleets operated by the dealers. Dealers can then sell the vehicles at a more...
  • The Long Goodbye for Dying Brands (Should you buy a car that's on Death Row?)

    12/26/2009 8:38:52 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies · 1,501+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/23/2009 | By JONATHAN WELSH
    Buyers Weigh the Prospects for Shuttered or Endangered Car Models; Where Can You Find Parts? Like many drivers, Edward Suchodolski is facing the prospect of life with an orphan car. The 43-year-old construction manager bought a sporty Pontiac G8 GXP in March, about a month before General Motors Co. announced it would discontinue the Pontiac brand. While he loves the car for its power, its handling and the fun of shifting its manual transmission, he is starting to worry about the future. The anxiety is just enough, he says, to cut into his enjoyment. I find myself driving it less,"...
  • Video: Man Burried in His 1973 Pontiac Catalina

    09/10/2009 8:38:07 AM PDT · by wrrock · 11 replies · 994+ views
    cars ^ | 9/10/2009 | cars
    Lonnie Holloway is laid to rest at the age of 90 in his 1973 Pontiac Catalina with his gun. Watch: http://www.cardealerreviews.org/?p=118374
  • Why GM Shouldn't Dump Its Top Brands

    06/14/2009 6:17:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 76 replies · 1,718+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2009 | Jamie Lincoln Kitman
    With all the rubbernecking surrounding GM's bankruptcy, you'd think that more time would have been spent considering the most critical part of the deal -- what's left. Which of GM's famous brands are being kept, which are being thrown out and which are being sold? Many won't know that these questions have already been answered by top GM executives and the White House automotive task force. Fewer still will realize that the decisionmakers have erred badly, succumbing to the same mix of internal power politics, protectionism and aversion to engineering risk that set GM on its downward spiral almost 50...
  • Goodbye to Pontiac: A Tribute to GM’s Performance Brand

    05/11/2009 9:07:29 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 60 replies · 3,065+ views
    PopularMechanics ^ | April 28, 2009 | Jay Leno
    Jay Leno Says Goodbye to Pontiac: A Tribute to GM’s Performance Brand If you haven't heard, Pontiac is no more. In an exclusive story for PM, Jay Leno looks back at the 83-year-old brand, focusing on Pontiac’s historic muscle cars and surprisingly innovative technology. By Jay Leno Published on: April 28, 2009 I was always a fan of those "Wide Track" Pontiacs of the '60s. When I was a little kid there was no sexier wheel—either in the aftermarket or in regular production—than the 8-lug Pontiac wheel. I remember first seeing them around 1962 on some of the big Bonnevilles....
  • Pontiac, Pop Culture Icon, Hits End of the Road

    05/02/2009 2:08:35 PM PDT · by kellynla · 26 replies · 965+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | JOHN ROGERS
    LOS ANGELES – It could crash through burning buildings, make a fool of any number of small-town Southern sheriffs, help save the world from giant robots, even take criminals off to jail while engaging in witty repartee with its driver. In the end, about the only thing a Pontiac automobile couldn't do anymore was persuade enough people to keep buying it. So General Motors announced this past week that it is killing off the Pontiac brand, maker of muscular, noisy, gas-guzzling V-8-powered vehicles immortalized in song and movies for the way they seemed to shout to every other car on...
  • The Ten Greatest Pontiacs

    04/27/2009 6:49:32 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 120 replies · 15,084+ views
    Jalopnik.com ^ | Apr 27 2009 | Ben Wojdyla
    We told you months ago Pontiac was dead, but today GM CEO Fritz Henderson made it official. Now that the pointy-arrow brand is gone, we'll mourn by celebrating our ten favorite examples of driving excitement. [snip]
  • GM to Cut 21,000 Jobs, Eliminate Pontiac

    The U.S. Treasury would own at least a 50 percent stake in General Motors under a plan the company released today to avoid bankruptcy. The strategy would essentially formalize the government's control over one of the icons of corporate America.
  • Pontiac: R.I.P.

    04/24/2009 9:01:30 PM PDT · by Flavius · 62 replies · 1,904+ views
    businessweek ^ | 4/24/09 | david kiley
    General Motors is expected to announce Monday that it plans to kill its Pontiac brand, rather than maintain it as a niche brand with one or two models into the future as had been previously announced by company officials.
  • GM to pull the plug on Pontiac

    04/24/2009 12:35:09 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 116 replies · 2,961+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 4-24-09 | Mikey_1962
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors is preparing to announce that the Pontiac car brand, once marketed as GM's "Excitement division," will be killed off, according to a source familiar with the decision. An official announcement is expected Monday. GM spokesman Jim Hopson declined to comment on Pontiac's fate, saying the automaker has no announcements to make at this time. In its most recent "viability plan" - which will be updated to reflect this new brand cut - Pontiac was not named as one of GM's four "core brands." Those are Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. But Pontiac was also...
  • GM To Shed Pontiac, Close More Plants [Breaking News]

    04/24/2009 1:13:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 854+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | April 24, 2009
    GM to Shed Pontiac, Close More Plants General Motors is preparing to shed its Pontiac brand and close more factories in a move to eliminate billions in debt, people familiar with the matter said Friday. FOXNews.com Friday, April 24, 2009 General Motors Corp. is readying plans to shed its Pontiac brand, shutter more factories and launch a bond exchange aimed at eliminating billions in debt, people familiar with the matter said Friday, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The auto maker, facing a June 1 federal deadline to dramatically restructure or go bankrupt, is preparing early next...
  • GM to Shed Pontiac, Close More Plants (GMC trucks and SUVs also in danger)

    04/24/2009 1:12:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 2,328+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 24, 2009 | Sharon Terlep and John Stoll
    General Motors Corp. is readying plans to shed its Pontiac brand, shutter more factories and launch a bond exchange aimed at eliminating billions in debt, people familiar with the matter said Friday. The auto maker, facing a June 1 federal deadline to dramatically restructure or go bankrupt, is preparing early next week to detail the progress it has made on the stepped-up recovery plan demanded by the Obama administration. GM is expected to announce plans to eliminate or sell its poorly performing Pontiac brand, according to several people who have been briefed on the plan. Previously, GM said it...
  • PONTIAC "days are numbered"

    04/24/2009 9:41:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 1,360+ views
    CNBC | 4/24/2009 | staff
    Pontiac's days are "numbered."
  • Pontiac Is Dead (Monday)

    04/23/2009 2:41:41 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 110 replies · 2,092+ views
    Edmunds Inside Line ^ | 04-23-2009 | Daniel Pund
    DETROIT — According to a source at General Motors, the company will announce next Monday its new "faster, deeper" reorganization plan, which will likely include a death sentence for the Pontiac brand. Inside Line called Tom Wilkinson, news relations PR man for General Motors, who said: "There's nothing I can share with you at this time. Keep your eyes on our media site. Officially, nothing has changed with Pontiac's niche-brand status, until you hear differently." The one-time "Excitement" division and creator of legends such as the GTO and Firebird was relegated to "niche" or "specialty" brand status by General Motors...
  • GM to Offically Kill Saturn, Most of Pontiac

    02/17/2009 3:00:26 PM PST · by taildragger · 147 replies · 4,139+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | 2/17/2009 | Ray Wert
    Our sources tell us GM's viability plan set to be released at 5:00PM will kill the Saturn brand by 2011. Pontiac will also go away as a division. But the nameplate will sorta live on
  • For Sale: Tom Daschle's 1971 Pontiac and Ethics

    02/05/2009 3:49:18 PM PST · by APStyle7 · 5 replies · 511+ views
    HopieChangie.com ^ | 2/5/2009 | HC
    Tom Daschle hasn't always been driven around in corporate paid limos. Once upon a time, back in the days of political expediency, Tommy D could barely afford floormats and Penzoil. Before he began telling us how to treat our health lives, he was telling us how to live our financial lives. In this timely YouTube recovery, Tom railed on the ills of Washington's limousine-elite, a mere decade before he became one. link...Get your dirty farm hands off my paintjob!... Don't hate Tom Daschle because he changed. Hate Tom Daschle because he is didn't pay his taxes, tried to get his...
  • New York '08 Preview: 2010 Pontiac sports truck, GM wants you to name it!(New "El Camino" Type)

    03/17/2008 10:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 664+ views
    Auto Blog ^ | March 15, 2008 | Sam Abuelsamid
    After more than two decades, the ghost of the El Camino has finally risen from the grave, at least for U.S. drivers. It never actually went away in Australia. Now that the Pontiac G8 has ushered in a new era of affordable rear-wheel-drive performance at General Motors, the car-based pickup truck, or Ute as they are called Down Under, is coming back. Rumors have been flying for months about a G8 Ute and GM even showed the GMC Denali XT concept at the Chicago Auto Show last month – a four-door ute with a two-mode hybrid power-train that may or...
  • 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck: The El Camino Is Back!

    03/15/2008 6:42:24 PM PDT · by MotleyGirl70 · 25 replies · 1,723+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | 03/15/08
    A few weeks ago we, along with our friends at PickupTruck.com, were given exclusive access to a vehicle whose return we've been anticipating for what seems like forever. Today our prayers to the General have been answered -- the El Camino is back! In January we reported this re-bodied Holden Ute would be called the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST, and like a Phoenix rising screamin' from the ashes of a bygone era of car-platformed trucks, this new heir to the truck-car throne would emerge from the over-built and over-spec'd world of modern haulers. Just like the Phoenix, this business-up-front and...
  • Well, I finally traded my old '91 Firebird (for a '99)with 180,000 miles ... (SHAMELESS VANITY)

    03/30/2006 5:14:38 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 49 replies · 1,034+ views
    Self | 3/30/06 | Self
    A couple of weeks ago, I had a brake line fail, no big deal in itself, but when the car was on the hoist, you could clearly see the carpeting coming through the rusted floorboard. One seat bolt had already rusted away and I figured that someday soon I may wind up sitting on the street. On top of that, the driver's side door was getting real hard to close so I thought I better get something before the door falls off. So I started looking: one Camaro was a real dog, one was great but expensive, and there was...
  • Pontiac will drop the GTO this year

    02/21/2006 8:11:58 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 118 replies · 2,629+ views
    Automotive News ^ | 2/21/06 | Mikey_1962
    General Motors has told Pontiac dealers that it will discontinue the GTO coupe at the end of this model year. GM will make the last deliveries of the vehicle to dealers by the end of September, sources close to Pontiac say. GM will produce 10,000 to 12,000 more GTOs before dropping the nameplate, one source close to the situation says. Last year, Pontiac sold 11,590 GTOs compared to 2004 when it sold 13,569. That's a 14.6 percent drop. When Pontiac launched the GTO in 2003, it projected 18,000 annual sales. The vehicle was criticized for bland styling, and some fans...
  • How GM can avoid bankruptcy

    11/20/2005 2:57:23 PM PST · by Angry Republican · 108 replies · 2,696+ views
    MSN Money ^ | 11/17/2005 | Robert Walberg
    The company is bleeding billions, but management is beginning to see the light. There are a few bold steps -- including the scrapping of one of its brands -- GM execs should take to keep the auto giant running. According to some analysts on Wall Street, General Motors lost credibility last week when the company said that it would be restating 2001 earnings. That’s what it took for GM’s management to lose credibility? How about years of mismanaging its production effort? Or refusing to aggressively streamline its product offerings, recklessly pursuing incentive strategies, failing to address ballooning health-care and pension...
  • GM lets everyone in on its discount

    05/28/2005 9:20:09 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 34 replies · 1,694+ views
    Detroit Free Press | 28 MAY 2005 | MICHAEL ELLIS
    Title and link only. All GM vehicles except the Hummer H3 at GM employee discounts? Huge! Read about it, especially if you are in the market for a newer vehicle. http://www.freep.com/money/autonews/gm28e_20050528.htm
  • Special fund scrutinized (Democrat Corruption in Pontiac?)

    05/18/2005 2:25:05 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 2 replies · 312+ views
    Oakland Press ^ | 5-18-05 | DIANA DILLABER MURRAY
    Special fund scrutinized Web-posted May 18, 2005 By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY Of The Oakland Press PONTIAC - In the heat of election politics and financial struggles, a special private checking account held by Mayor Willie Payne has become the center of controversy and is being scrutinized by the city council. Kevin Stewart, who campaigned for Payne in 2001 but has since become a critic of the mayor, brought the account to light. He is calling for an investigation of the account. Stewart, a former city employee, obtained a copy of a check from the "Mayor Paynes Events Fund LLC," to...
  • In support of GM's bold move to defend Pontiac G6 (LA Times boycott)

    04/15/2005 12:26:33 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 12 replies · 1,054+ views
    AutoMobear Blog ^ | 4/12/04 | editor
    GM announced on Friday that it would pull its advertising from the LA Times, citing perpetual misrepresentation of its products – most recently, the Pontiac G6 midsize sedan.    It was, to those of us familiar with some of the LA Times' writing, a long-awaited move, if less than a foregone conclusion. Despite the potential for disingenuous relationships between a publisher and the advertisers that keep it alive, advertising in print – and the corollary practice of fitting articles around advertisements on a printed page – has become so prevalent as to be considered normal. In such a landscape, this...