Just as Ford did away with stand alone Mercury stores in late 2007, General Motors will cut or combine its remaining stand alone Buick and GMC dealerships by late next year. The move is a direct result of Pontiac's demise, which was once a pillar of the Pontiac-Buick-GMC channel.

According to Automotive News, General Motors will combine its 3,000 Buick-Pontiac-GMC into 2,000 dual Buick-GMC stores by late next year. GM currently has some stand alone Buick and GMC dealers, but all franchises will be combined by October 2010.

"All our franchise agreements will be renewed then, and we'll only offer one contract: a dual Buick-GMC," Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick and GMC, told Automotive News.

As for the Pontiac component of the B-P-G brand channel, Docherty says dealers are selling remaining Pontiac models at a rate faster than expected. Docherty expects to have fewer than 17,000 Pontiacs available at the start of next month.