Get ’em while they last

Pontiac sales in August were up 23 percent from a year ago, the only General Motors brand to post a gain over 2008; Buick and GMC, its erstwhile brethren at the dealerships, both dropped sharply, which might make you wonder why it is that they’re being kept on while Pontiac is getting its feeding tube pulled.

That said, if you had your eye on one of the remaining Ponchos, you’d better get in gear: GM says there are only about 17,000 Pontiacs left in inventory. Even at the dismal 2008 sales rate, that’s less than a month’s worth, though you have to figure that the least desirable examples of the breed will probably languish on back lots for many months to come.

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