General Motors first began to produce the Pontiac line of automobiles in 1926 as a sister division of General Motors' more expensive brand the Oakland. By 1933 Pontiac overtook and replaced the Oakland brand entirely and became a sibling to Chevrolet. Unfortunately in 2009 much like many U.S. automotive manufactures facing financial concerns GM was forced to phase out the Pontiac line and announced it would focus its manufacturing on the four core brands, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and the GMC SUV and truck lines.