Old brands can be like old friends, I guess. When they die, we're saddened, we feel a void in out lives.
That's a bit of hyperbole, of course, but I will miss Pontiac, as I miss other brands that are gone, and as I will miss some others that appear to have one foot in the grave. I never owned a Pontiac, but it's a brand that I grew up with. It has always been there, and now it won't be.