• Mar 11, 2011

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Of the 57,641 Pontiac owners who bought a new car in 2010, 53.3 percent of them stuck with a product from General Motors, according to a survey by RL Polk & Co. The hard numbers: 33.5 percent of Pontiac customers chose a Chevrolet, 11.7 chose a GMC, 6.7 went with Buick and the last 1.5 percent bought a Cadillac.

Within the rest of the Big Three, Ford had the best outing, grabbing 10.5 percent of former Pontiac owners. Dodge caught 3.2 percent and Chrysler and Jeep together totaled 1.7 percent of the share.

Large numbers of Pontiac owners who didn't buy another GM product went overseas, with 31 percent opting for an import. Toyota claimed 7.7 percent of Pontiac owners, while Honda netted 7.5. Nissan and Hyundai weren't far behind.

What the numbers show is that buyers who bought a Pontiac largely stuck with a big-name high-volume automaker when it came time for a new car. Even though some of the brands former Pontiac owners moved to are quite different than Pontiac was, they're almost all affordable, mass produced and supported by huge dealer networks.



Photos Copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: RL Polk via Kicking Tires]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I am an American I will never buy a Japanese car ! My relatives didn't fight and die for us to buy Japanese cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ pontiaclover... OUCH.Thanks for completely frying my brain at 9:32 AM on Monday 3/14/11. Im keeping track of the date and time because my doctor will surely want to have as much information as possible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love my Pontiac G8.

      GM only has so many years to come out with something I'd like before I have to replace it.

      Good Luck!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want a G8 but they being used cars are over priced. I don't understand why a 3 year old car with 40k miles is still selling at 25k plus.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Air of rarity and collect-ability, now that Pontiac is dead, and as Van Halen put it, you 'can't get this stuff no more.'

        So people ask higher prices, and evidently get it, otherwise they would be lowering their prices to sell the cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a huge surprise really. Most Pontiacs where sold in multi-brand GM dealerships where Saturn were stand alone operations. So customers who were happy with their salesperson or dealer in general could go back to the same store and just buy a new brand. Saturn owners on the other were left shopping at new stores, many with non GM brands.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Being as i own a g8...i gotta say i love it - it has alot of power and it handles pretty well in the corners -- if there's anything about the car that lacks is the interior, poor quality in materials and lacks in ammenities that are standard in other competitor sedans.
      I can't say i'll go back to GM in the future but i feel i'll be giving Ford quite a bit of thought when the time comes...depending on the gas situation we shall see.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Count me as one that defected- owned an 05 GTO which I loved but it became a bit impractical (coupe)...now my fun/summer car is a G8 GXP and I love it - especially the manual trans : )

      But I most likely will NEVER buy a GM product again (have never owned anything else)...Killing Pontiac, and more to the point, taking away my opportunity to get at Holden products, is UNFORGIVABLE as far as I'm concerned. Kill Pontiac and keep Buick (just another reason to hate China!)??

      I will only be considering Chrysler or Ford products from now on - they didn't turn their backs on muddle class people who want fun/practical/affordable cars...GM is dead to me, just my personal opinion...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, so you mean people who bought retail Pontiacs before, didn't just turn around and build kit cars, instead? Or jump from a G6 to a Bentley?

      "...they're almost all affordable, mass produced and supported by huge dealer networks."

      Thanks, Cap'n Obvious.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When finally GM started making the best cars in Pontiac and Saturn. Better cars than the chevrolet brand. They shut it down. The management is so incompetent.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2009 G8 GT and would never get rid of it for anything else out there. There's nothing that compares. Tons of interior room, 360 horses, awesome handling, and decent mileage (for a V8) on regular 87 gas...all for $28K brand new. You really can't beat that, I'm sorry.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I too own a G8 GT...coming up on 3 years. Unless gm brings the commodore back as a chevy, my next car will be a Dodge charger.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The G8 is a great car that needed a little more time to mature. A lot of the comments said that there were problems but they didn't say what they were with the exception of poor interior materials. I am not sure what materials they were referring to but my only complaint was the lack of a navigation system but since I got my smart phone I have not used the one in my car once except to use the back up camera! The only car that I have owned in the past 10 years that I considered to be perfect is my 2008 CTS with AWD and it has never been in the shop or had a single issue in the 31/2 years since I bought it. GM is far from perfect but none of the automakers are including BMW a company that makes great cars but has reliability issues.
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