• Dec 9, 2010
Pontiac may be dead, phased out by parent company General Motors in the wake of its financial collapse, but you wouldn't know it from searching these interwebs. According to search trends tracked by BringPontiacBack.org, more people are still searching for Pontiac on Google than they are for Buick.

This, despite Pontiac's demise and Buick's increased sales and marketing. The Trans Am loyalists admit that part of the discrepancy could come down to the city of Pontiac, Michigan, which is still standing. But would that be enough to account for Pontiac's 2:1 search popularity over Buick? Or is it that Buick's demographic has yet to figure out what the internet is? One way or another, the numbers are interesting. Hat tip to Christopher!

[Source: BringPontiacBack.org]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It could have to do with a lot of owners researching their brand.

      I was at a gas station recently talking to someone who was driving a later model Pontiac Grand Prix GXP and I brought up how Pontiac was dead and GM killed the brand. The guy had NO idea that Pontiac is a dead brand, he swore up and down that I was wrong. He also thought that Hummer and Saturn were still around because the dealership is still there (but CLOSED).

      Funny thing is, about six months ago I had nearly the same conversation with a lady who's Outlook just got bashed by a rogue shopping cart and she said I was wrong.

      I told them to Google it when they got home. Most people are clueless....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick's success in China is not exaggerated. I visited 6 Chinese cities this Summer and I'd seen more Buicks all over China than Toyotas or Hyundais. In fact, after VW Groups' cars, whose Santana makes up a bulk of Chinese taxi fleet, Buick's were probably the most ubiquitous, based on my observation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God I hate China for this. If not for those a-holes, we would still have our Pontiacs, instead of Buicks!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the idiot kids who think the song "Like A G6" is about the car? That terrible song has been popular this year (though only god knows why)
        • 4 Years Ago
        G6 is a badass looking car but you'd be surprised how many people confuse the line "Fly Like A G6" for meaning "Cool" like a G6 (Fly being a slang for cool for anyone who was young in the 90's ;)... )
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Sea Urine

        You are kidding about the G6, right?

        It is also too small to be an Impala.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ahhhhhhhhh i meant G8, the one that is a Holden.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw a G6 yesterday, man is that car good looking. GM should start selling it as an Impala.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John H


        Why bring back Oldsmobile? They died the same year Buick did,1987 with the G-Body.

        Pontiac had far more potential than Buick and GMC combined!! They could have brought back a real GTO and/or maybe a Firebird Trans Am WS6, not to mention the Solstice. What has Buick done since the Grand National?

        I do not get what the Chinese could possibly see in such a bland brand like Buick!! With it's "youth movement", Pontiac could have been GM's answer to Subaru!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If we're going to bring back anything, it should be Oldsmobile, not Pontiac.

        I'd like a H/O 4-4-2, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what?

      Google search statistics... zzzzzz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dunno about these figures, but at a deep subconscious level...

      ... Pontiac oozes sex n smokin' rubber, howlin' V8 and the still tasty T/A.

      Buick means... zzz... (oops sorry, fell asleep there).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick needs to be buried in the plot next to Pontiac. If you are Buick fan (or almost dead) im sure you can buy an identical platform/vehicle with another badge on it. Gm has been re-badging there vehicles for eternity, it's partly what drove them under.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you are in your lower thirtys and already into buicks you shoudl just kill yourself now, you have nothing left to live for, how about a new lincoln town car or cadillac de ville? My grandfather has owned all three and he is only 75.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok then - for reference I'm in my lower 30's and in pretty good health, I like the looks of the new Regal and LaCrosse. I can afford either. Please point me to a badge-engineered GM car in the NA market built on either car's platform that I can buy instead of the Buick.

        (and no- I don't count the Saab 9-5, since it is no longer a GM brand.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it a surprise that Pontiac is more popular than Buick? We all know old people can't work a computer =P.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I love my G8. The resale value keeps going up a bit. No one knows what the car is, they stare, but can't figure it out. And once they hear the exhaust they cower in fear and back off :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      No surprise since Buick has not been relevant to most American car enthusiasts since 1987, the demise of the G-Body and Grand National. Please restore the excitement of GM and bring back Pontiac!! Screw GMC and Buick!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pontiac is dead...it's sad, but stop crying and enjoy the good used models.

      My GTO and Solstice GXP's were cheap as used mopars after they announced the death of the brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pontiac has made a ton of enthusiast cars out there. The owners of these cars will be doing searches for all kinds of things related to their cars, mods, fixes, etc. Meanwhile, Buick has very few (in relation) enthusiast cars and would get fewer seaches by their owners for such things as they are not typically the crowd who uses the internet in the first place and does things themselves in the second.

      I don't think this is very surprising news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This...GTO, Firebird, Bonneville, hell, even the Fiero! Buick really only has the classic 50s stuff and the Grand National.
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