Pontiac Grand Parts and Pontiac Grand Accessories
Six Cool Things We Bet You Didn't Know about the Pontiac Grand
- The term "Pontiac Grand" actual refers to three different cars by the Pontiac division of General Motors. The oldest-and still running strong-is the Grand Prix which was and still is touted as a personal luxury car. Up next is the legendary Grand Ville-successor to the classic Bonneville-that enjoyed a successful four-year production run. Last is the Grand Am, a compact car that enjoyed three incarnations its entire life up until 2005.
- Sporting a design change a year from 1962 to 2008, the Pontiac Grand Prix has the unique distinction of being Pontiac's longest-running and most improved-upon brands. That's over 46 years worth of constant revisions and upgrades altogether!
- The most famous of the three cars, Hollywood-wise is the Pontiac Grand Am, one of which featured prominently in the fourth and final film of the lethal Weapon franchise. It played such an important role in the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover blockbuster that it was put on display at Warner Brothers Movie World in Gold Coast Australia.
- Unsurprisingly, the Pontiac Grand Prix was intended from the offset to be a racing car-hence the not-so-subtle use of the name of the famous race started in France. The ironic thing is that the Pontiac Grand Prix never raced in the grand prix or the race format's successor-Formula 1. It has featured a lot in America's home-grown NASCAR circuit. On a side note, the Pontiac Grand Prix features in a lot of racing games!
- The Pontiac Grand Prix was such a successful model what it was used as the base for Chevrolet's Monte Carlo. This started the trend of cars and trucks from Chevrolet and GMC having different names but being essentially the same thing anyway. No lawsuits or skullduggery here, though. Pontiac is owned by General Motors which also owns Chevrolet anyway-go figure.
- Try Googling the Pontiac Grand Ville and you'll come up with anything from a town in Michigan to a scientific-romance book about an anthropomorphic fox detective-inspector from Scotland. Initially, however, the name was picked by Pontiac to excite thoughts of luxury in class in their customers-"ville" being a play on villa.