Pontiac Bonneville

Starting at the end, during the last year of production, Pontiac gave the sporty mid-level SLE version the new GXP styling. As a result, the 2005 SLE contained all of the GXP styling except the wheels, badging and muffler tips. The Pontiac Bonneville started long ago though. It was an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. At first, it was introduced as a limited production performance convertible in the Pontiac Star Chief model range during the 1957 model year. Not long after, the Bonneville became its own series in 1958. The Bonneville, and its platform cohort, the Grand Ville, are a few of the largest Pontiacs ever manufactured. In fact, in station wagon body styles they reached just over 19 feet long. Now that is a beast of an automobile. To further the wow factor, they were also some of the heaviest coming in at 2 and 1/2 tons, or 5,000 pounds. General Motors announced on February 8, 2005 that the Bonneville would be dropped from the Pontiac lineup in 2006. Many fans were hugely disappointed, and some have gone so far as to call it a black day in automobile history. It seems this might be deserved as very few other cars had the reliability and comfort of the Bonneville. Furthering that, even fewer nameplates had the residency of just less than 50 years of constant production that the Bonneville did. As it turns out, GM could just not afford to leave the line alive as only about 12,000 Bonnevilles were sold in 2005. This was partly due to a lack of advertising over the past years and a general change in consumer preference. The smaller Pontiac G8, which was intended as a replacement for the Grand Prix, will also absorb the rest of the Bonneville's customer base. The last Bonneville rolled off the assembly line on May 27, 2005.