General Motors has long cultivated a brand image for Pontiac of excitement and performance. Too frequently, Pontiac's key products have overlapped with their siblings in other GM divisions.

One of Pontiac's key vehicles, the Vibe, is redesigned for 2009. The new Vibe wagon is built alongside the Toyota Matrix in California. Its combination of size, styling and utility has appealed to buyers since the Vibe's introduction in 2003. The second-generation model has a restyled exterior with a lower roofline, but remains recognizable as a Vibe. Buyers can choose from two four-cylinder engines, manual and automatic transmissions, front-wheel drive, and all-wheel-drive.

Pontiac's iconic Solstice 2-seater gains a long-awaited fixed roof coupe. The Solstice Coupe has a hatchback with a removable roof section reminiscent of the Lotus Elise and Exige. Engine and transmission choices mirror those of the convertible model.

The Pontiac G8 gains a new higher-performance model this year to do battle with the Dodge Charger SRT8. The G8 GXP adds a 402-bhp, 6.2L V-8 under the hood, and gains unique styling in the front and rear.

In April 2009, General Motors expressed their intent to terminate the Pontiac brand in an attempt to change their financial fortunes. General Motors intends to stop production of all Pontiac products and exit the market no later than 2010. As of this writing, no Pontiac products will find their home in the smaller General Motors lineup.

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