Pontiac Montana

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The Pontiac Montana is a minivan from the Pontiac division of General Motors. During the 1997-1998 model years, it was known as the Pontiac Trans Sport Montana that used the “Trans Sport” moniker. It was discontinued after the 2006 model year in the United States because of slow sales, but will continue to be sold in Canada until the 2009 model year and Mexico. Since their introduction, the Pontiac minivans have been General Motors’ best-selling minivans in Canada.[citation needed]

The Montana nameplate was used as a trim level of the Pontiac Trans Sport van from 1997 to 1998, but dropped the Trans Sport name for 1999 (2000 in Canada). This generation was related to the previous generation Buick GL8, the Chevrolet Venture, the Oldsmobile Silhouette, the Vauxhall Sintra, and the Opel Sintra. The Opel and Vauxhall were only sold in Europe, although made in the same factory in the USA as the others. Chevrolet also introduced a nearly identical twin to Pontiac save for its badging for European consumption, named the Chevrolet Trans Sport. Both of the Buick GL8 minivans were only sold in China. The 2000-2005 GL8 is a similar version of the first-generation Pontiac Montana, and the 2005+ GL8 is similar to the Pontiac Montana SV6. The Pontiac Montana came in both short and long wheelbase models. The Pontiac Montana was one of the few minivans which provided seating for eight.

There was also the Montana Thunder which was the most up-level model of the Montana. Introduced in 2002, the Montana Thunder featured special “Thunder” badging, Thunder-specific 16″ chrome 5-spoke rims, upgraded ride and handling package, and a special spoiler on the back of the roof rack. Inside, the Montana Thunder had special two-tone black and grey leather seating, and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Montana Thunder was produced in 2002 and 2003, but for 2004 and 2005 it was made an optional package on Montana GTs called the “Chrome-Sport” package. Only the “Thunder” badges were discontinued. Despite the Pontiac Montana’s redesign in 2005, Pontiac continued to sell the original body style for the 2005 model year for fleet use. The last Montana rolled off the production line on March 31, 2004 as a 2005 model.

A crash test video of the 1997 Trans Sport/Montana has received some criticism due to extreme damage to the vehicle in the 40 mph (64 km/h) crash test. The minivan received a “Poor” rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Some comments made by the IIHS after the first test in 1997 were: