Pontiac Grand Prix

Most recently, for the 2007 Model Year, only cosmetic changes were made to the Grand Prix. Further, a Special Edition body package was added though, and the GT models got a new re-styled rear bumper. Despite the changes, the model designations remain the same, with those being, Base, GT, and GXP. The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors that was first introduced as part of Pontiac's full-size model offering for the 1962 model year. Further, the Grand Prix name has been applied to cars in the personal luxury car market and the mid-size market. It was slotted below the large Bonneville in the company's lineup when that model was still being offered. As of the middle of the 2007 model year, the Grand Prix became Pontiac's largest model in production. This is amazing given that it superseding the recently cancelled, and enormous, Pontiac Bonneville. The Grand Prix first showed up in the Pontiac line in 1962. At the time, it was just a standard Pontiac Catalina coupe with very limited outside chrome trim although it did have bucket seats and a center console. The performance-minded John DeLorean, who was head of Advanced Engineering at Pontiac, contributed to the creation of both the Grand Prix and the GTO. For 1969, DeLorean's team launched the all-new Grand Prix which was based on a slightly longer version of the GM A platform. The result was a smaller and lighter car that at last had its own body. This brought a new level of style and grace into the intermediate class. Additionally, it placed attention on performance and had engine options up to the 390 hp (290 kW) 428 HO. It was an engineering success and has been hailed as the first successful downsizing of an American car. This is of course something that is in great need today.