LIers losing history with Pontiac's demise
Long Islanders expressed disappointment Monday about General Motors' decision last week to cut its storied Pontiac brand.
"We just didn't have a strategy that we were satisfied with that would allow us to win with the Pontiac brand," Fritz Henderson, GM's CEO, says.
Michael Lyons, of Huntington, says it's unfortunate that the popular car brand will be no more.
"As a child growing up on Long Island, my father had Pontiacs going back to the early 50s to 70s," Lyons says.
With the production of Pontiacs ending by 2010, one Long Island dealer is reassuring perspective buyers and current owners that the warranties on the cars aren't in jeopardy.
"Our own president has publicly stated that the U.S. government is standing behind the GM warranty. That makes a GM warranty the safest in the world," says Patrick Cassino, whose dealership sells 300 Pontiacs a year.