Governor’sonlookoutfora new car since Pontiac died
When Gov. Jerry Brown was governor before, he sold his predecessor’s limousine and rode around in a blue Plymouth sedan.
When he returned to office in 2011, his car of choice was a 2008 Pontiac G8.
In recent months, however, the Democratic governor has been appearing in a more traditional choice, a black 2008 Chevrolet Suburban.
Before climbing into the SUV after an event Monday in Oakland, Brown lamented the work his old G8 required.
“There’s a reason why Pontiac went out of business,” he said.
Brown’s office confirmed Thursday that the Pontiac has been retired. It had racked up more than 100,000 miles and “was at the end of its serviceable life,” Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said.
The Suburban was bought in 2008 as part of then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s detail, Westrup said. Its use is temporary, he added, “while a permanent replacement for the Pontiac is considered.”
Brown suggested Monday what he might like. Among the electric vehicles at a San Francisco event that day was a red Smart car.
He admired it and said, “This looks like a good gubernatorial limousine.”