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Farewell to Pontiac

The official end of Pontiac came quietly at the end of October, when General Motors' agreements with Pontic dealers expired. The brand's fate was known long before that, with GM announcing in April 2009 that Pontiac would be eliminated by the end of 2010.

As Pontiac fades into history, it's worth noting it was a strong seller for years in the Buffalo Niagara market. In 2009, the year its impending shutdown was announced, 1,946 new Pontiacs were sold in the region, according to the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Assocation, seventh among brands. In each of 2007 and 2008, more than 3,000 Pontiacs were sold.

Back in 1999 and 2000, when new-car sales overall in the United States were running at a higher level, nearly 4,000 Pontiacs were sold in each of those two years, with Pontiac routinely among the top-selling local brands.

-- Matt Glynn

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