Pontiac was an American automobile brand established in 1926 as a companion make for General Motors' Oakland. Quickly overtaking its parent in popularity, it replaced the Oakland brand entirely by 1933 and, for most of its life, became a companion make for Chevrolet.
Pontiac was marketed as the performance division of General Motors for many years, specializing in mainstream performance vehicles.
On April 27, 2009, amid ongoing financial problems and restructuring efforts, GM announced it would discontinue the Pontiac brand by the end of 2010 and focus on four core brands in North America: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC.
The last Pontiacs were built in December 2009.