Pontiac Parisienne
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Pontiac
Model: Parisienne
Pontiac Parisienne

For most of existence, the Parisienne was a Canadian nameplate only that was sold in Pontiac's Canadian showrooms. American Pontiac dealers sold the Catalina and the Bonneville instead. Later, in 1982, the Bonneville was made smaller on the G-body while Pontiac's version of the B-body was dropped. The Pontiac Parisienne however was a full-size rear-wheel drive vehicle. It was offered in Canada from 1958 to 1986 and in the US from 1983 to 1986. The Parisienne wagon continued under the Safari nameplate well into 1989. Back though in early 1983, the Parisienne was imported from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and sold in the United States. On the outside, it was a rebadged Chevrolet Impala. Further, the 1985 to 1986 models resumed use of the rear-end styling from the 1980 to 1981 Bonneville. This was basically a hodgepodge of all models past. Of course, this practice is really nothing new. Anyhow, two Parisienne ranges were sold, with the first being a base model that was similar to the former Catalina and the Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale. Sadly, no two-door models were offered for the United States market, although a coupe version was available in Canada through the 1983 model year. The Pontiac Parisienne proved to be a success, particularly with drivers who wanted a nicely equipped car at a reasonable price. The Parisienne even sold well when GM decided to drop the line after the 1986 model year. A front wheel drive model with the Bonneville name was issued as a replacement for the Parisienne; however, the wagon model which was known as the Safari, lasted until 1989. Where the name itself came from is not quite known. Perhaps the design team was sitting about brainstorming and this clump of letter fell on the table. Any guess is as good as that.

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