Pontiac was an American automobile brand, its roots dating back to 1893 with the Pontiac Buggy Company. The founder Edward M. Murphy started an offshoot, the Oakland Motor Car Company (Oakland) in 1907. The first vehicles went to market in 1908. General Motors (GM) bought 50% of Oakland in 1909 and later the same year the remaining stocks after the founder died.
GM through Oakland introduced the Pontiac Motor Car Company (Pontiac) brand in 1926, as a companion brand to Oakland. Pontiac was priced in between Chevrolet, the least expensive GM brand, and Oakland. The first Pontiac was a car with a straight six, but sold at the competitions 4 cylinder price point. Pontiac sold better than Oakland, by 163,000 units in 1929. Oakland had declining sales and the brand was closed down in 1932.
Pontiac ended production in 2009 and the brand was closed down in 2010.