9. Pontiac, 2010
Pontiac is yet another victim of GM’s 2009 collapse. Unfortunately near the end of the line this division started to build some pretty interesting vehicles. The Solstice roadster was at least cool to look at and quite a bit of fun to drive, especially in turbo form. And then there was the G8 large sedan, an Australian-built, rear-wheel-drive exclamation point for the brand.
Many enthusiasts cried “Foul!” when it was announced Pontiac was getting Oldsmobiled and ailing Buick would survive the bankruptcy filing. And why shouldn’t they have screamed? Buick made cars that appealed directly to drivers that were born before the Civil War while Pontiac was sporty and fun. Too bad for them, this famous Indian chieftain was sent to the automotive wigwam in the sky.