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2004 pontiac aztek

Year to year changes

2001

2001 Pontiac Aztek

  • All new model available as base model and GT both in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the latter boasting an independent rear suspension.
  • In February 2001, a red Aztek served as the pace car for the Daytona 500.

2002

2002–2005 Pontiac Aztek

Cladding smoothed and changed to body colored, front marker light/indicators changed from amber to clear, spoiler added to rear glass gate.

2003

  • Aztek «Rally Edition» introduced, which was an option package which featured a lowered front suspension, a larger rear spoiler, body colored grille and 17″ chrome wheels. Though some regarded it as a model of its own, since it would resurface the Rally name to GM since the discontinuation of the GMC Rally.
  • DVD entertainment system, XM satellite radio and a tire pressure monitoring system added to the options list.

2004

  • A CD/MP3 player became an available option.
  • A Limited Edition model was available, with standard leather trimmed seats, a higher grade stereo system, a rear spoiler, aluminum interior trim, standard heads-up display, and an adjustable 6-way driver’s seat.

2005

In its final model year, the Aztek gained hands-free operation of its On-Star system. Exterior color offerings also changed.

The Aztek was discontinued after the 2005 model year, and was replaced by the Theta platform Pontiac Torrent. The Aztek’s production line in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, was retooled to build the Chevrolet HHR, although Buick Rendezvous production continued for another two years. The last Pontiac Aztek finally rolled off the assembly line on August 31, 2005.[citation needed]

Styles and Major Options Edit

The Aztek was available only as a 5-door wagon, with front- or four-wheel-drive and in two trims, Base and GT. All Azteks were equipped with GM’s 3.4-liter iron-block V-6 engine, producing 185 hp (137.9 kW) and 210 lb-ft of (284.7 N-m) torque, mated to a four speed automatic transmission. The front suspension is a slightly modified minivan setup, and front-wheel drivers use the same beam axle rear suspension. Four-wheel-drive models use a cast aluminum multilink arrangement that stretches the rear track to 63.8 inches.

The options and accessories list for the Aztek are fitting for this vehicle’s «active lifestyle» portrayal. The cargo area is plastic lined, and the hatch opens in a clamshell fashion. The tailgate is molded with cup and seat indents, and audio controls in the rear quarter panel are intended for tailgating. An optional sliding cargo floor adds versatility. The front center console is a removable cooler, large enough for 12 cans.

Optional Packages

  • Biking Package- interior and exterior bicycle mounts, rubber floor mats, washable seat covers
  • Hiking Package- matching backpacks, washable seat covers, rubber floor mats
  • Trailer Towing Package- 3500-lb (1587.5 kg) maximum capacity, automatic load leveling, integrated air compressor
  • Camping Package- cabana tent, air mattress

Pontiac Aztek — обзор автомобиля

Pontiac Aztek / Пoнтиак Ацтeк

Pontiac Aztek — автомобиль для активного отдыха, представленный публике в 1999 году в г. Детройт, США. Эта модель с самого начала производства потерпела полное фиаско на рынке. Все потому, что кроссовер получил очень своеобразный, неудачный дизайн экстерьера, который не восприняла публика. Косметическая модернизация в 2002 году не дала никакого эффекта, и, поэтому в 2004 году автомобиль был полностью снят с производства. Единственным серьезным «минусом» модели фактически является ее внешность, которая сыграла решающую роль. Хотя оснащение и уровень комфорта Pontiac Aztek заслуживают высоких оценок. В списке опций у автомобиля есть: электропакет, спутниковое радио, качественная аудиосистема, бортовой компьютер, DVD-проигрыватель с монитором.

Aztek имеет полностью независимую, пружинную конструкцию подвески. Тип тормозных механизмов колес — вентилируемые дисковые. На Pontiac Aztek устанавливали только один тип двигателя — V-образный, бензиновый, объемом 3.4 литра. На выбор предлагалась две модификации: с передним или полным приводом.

Criticisms and Negative Sales Edit

At launch the Aztek was available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive in base and GT trim.

GM forecast sales of up to 75,000 Azteks per year, and needed to produce 30,000 annually to break even. Just 27,322 were sold in 2001 with more than 50% being sold to captive rental company fleets or used by General Motors executives.

Although not the complete flop that many people assume, the Aztek sales performance was certainly a major disappointment, and its failure in the marketplace has been cited as the most glaring example of the failings of GM President John Smale’s now discredited «Brand Management» strategy of designing and marketing vehicles which was the guiding force in effect during the Aztek’s gestation and initial marketing.

Pricing of the Aztek was also an issue at launch. Styling issues aside, the vehicle was simply too expensive for its intended «Generation X» audience and was priced significantly higher than competing vehicles. After the 2001 model year, the GT model was dropped and pricing was slashed, in addition to extremely generous rebates and cut-rate financing instituted by GM in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The 2001 models had extensive unpainted gray plastic body cladding which covered the lower 1/3rd of the vehicle. General Motors performed an unprecedented «emergency» re-styling of the Aztek in an effort to save the model, painting the cladding body color making the Aztek more like the original concept vehicle as well as a number of styling tweaks to address some of the voluminous criticism the vehicle had received in the automotive press. Even outside the automotive world the Aztek was singled out for derision: MAD Magazine called it «the ugliest car in American history».

Much like the 1959 Cadillac represented the zenith and final overextension of the tailfin as a desirable styling device, the Aztek’s «overuse» of cladding, marked a breaking point for the automotive press’ and public’s acceptance of the ribbed cladding that Pontiac had been using as its primary styling differentiator for almost 15 years, a styling element Pontiac introduced on the 1985 Grand Am that quickly spread to all of its models. The restyled 2002 Aztek’s body colored cladding eliminated most of the horizontal strakes, and Pontiac began a program at the direction of Bob Lutz to substantially subdue or remove cladding from all of its models.

Also, it’s considered the Edsel of the 21st century. It’s the ugly duckling, a pretty good car, but it’s looks didn’t let people give it a chance.

Styling

The Aztek was styled under the direction of Tom Peters, who would later design the Chevrolet Corvette (C7). According to an analysis in 2000, BusinessWeek said the Aztek was to signal a design renaissance for GM, and to «make a statement about breaking from GM’s instinct for caution.» One designer said that during the design process, the Aztek was made «aggressive for the sake of being aggressive.» Peters, the Chief Designer said «we wanted to do a bold, in-your-face vehicle that wasn’t for everybody.» The 2000 Business Week study said the Aztek was «the first awkward step toward innovation by a company that has avoided that path,» likening «the debacle to Ford’s remodeling of its 1996 Taurus sedan.» The front of the vehicle seems to be an attempt at reviving an appearance Pontiac used in the 1970s with the , and was a shared appearance with the .

Ultimately, the Aztek was criticized for its styling. Mickey Kaus described the Aztek as having «awkwardly empty and square front wheel wells» and a «gratuitous, fierce animalistic snout, which may have been what prompted incoming GM executive Bob Lutz to famously say that many of the company’s products looked like ‘angry kitchen appliances.'» James Hall, vice-president at AutoPacific Inc ranked the Aztek as one of the ten ugliest cars of all time, Karl Brauer, CEO and editor-in-chief of TotalCarScore.com said the Aztek featured «atrocious proportions wrapped in plastic body cladding,» and «looked like a station wagon stretched out by a car bomb.»

A poll in The Daily Telegraph in August 2008 placed the Aztek at number one of the «100 ugliest cars» of all time. An article by Edmunds.com placed the car first of the «100 Worst Cars of All Time» not only because of its styling but also because it «destroyed an 84-year-old automaker.»Time magazine in 2007 named the Aztek one of the 50 worst cars of all time (adding that underneath «was a useful, competent crossover»), and again in 2010 as one of the 50 worst inventions of all time.

Colors Edit

Colors

Year

Exterior

Interior

2001

Arctic White, Black, Citrus Green, Pewter, Aztek Yellow, Bright Red, Maple Red, Steel Blue

Dark Gray, Dark Taupe

2002

Arctic White, Black, Champagne Beige, Pewter, Aztek Yellow, Bright Red, Maple Red, Steel Blue

Dark Gray, Dark Taupe

2003

Aztek Yellow, Black, Champagne Beige, Electric Blue, Liquid Gray, Maple Red, Summit White, Victory Red

Dark Gray, Dark Taupe, Dark Gray w/Red Accents

2004

Black, Champagne Beige, Electric Blue, Fusion Orange, Liquid Gray, Maple Red, Summit White, Victory Red

Dark Gray, Dark Taupe

2005

Black, Electric Blue, Fusion Orange, Liquid Silver, Sedona Beige, Sport Red, Summit White, Victory Red

Dark Gray, Dark Taupe

Technology and notable features

The Aztek was produced at General Motors’ Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, assembly plant, where it shared an assembly line with the Buick Rendezvous. In Canada, it filled the gap left since the Sunrunner’s discontinuation in 1997, while in the US and Mexico it was the first Pontiac-badged SUV ever sold. At launch, the Aztek was available with either front-wheel drive or Versatrak, a full-time, fully automatic all-wheel drive system which provided traction in the snow or rain and could handle moderately rough off-road surfaces.

The Aztek was one of the first automobiles to be designed entirely using computerized rapid-prototyping/rapid-visualization tools.[citation needed] The dashboard was designed by Johnson Controls, and featured Pontiac’s trademark red lighting scheme along with an optional heads-up display.

The Aztek was able to carry within its interior a standard 4 feet (1.2 m) by 8 feet (2.4 m) sheet of plywood and was available with two rear cargo area options: a pull-out cargo tray that held up to 400 pounds (180 kg) that rolled on built-in wheels when removed from the vehicle, or a versatile cargo net system that held up to 200 pounds (91 kg) and could be configured (a claimed) 22 different ways. Options included a center console that doubled as a removable cooler and a tent/inflatable mattress package that, along with a built-in air compressor, allowed the Aztek to double as a camper. Extending this image was a seat-back mounted backpack, and a number of specialty racks for bicycles, canoes, snowboards, and other such items. An optional 10 speaker Pioneer stereo system provided a set of controls located at the rear of the vehicle for tail-gate parties as well as an unusual 2-piece tailgate with built-in cup-holders and contoured seating area for added comfort.

Recent Changes Edit

2001

All new model available as base model and GT both in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the latter boasting an independent rear suspension.

2002

  • Pricing slashed almost 20%, GT model dropped.
  • Cladding smoothed and changed to body colored, front marker light/turn signals changed from amber to clear, spoiler added to rear glass gate.

2003

  • Aztek «Rally Edition» introduced, which was an option package which featured a lowered front suspension, a larger rear spoiler, body colored grille and 17″ chrome wheels.
  • DVD entertainment system, XM satellite radio and a tire pressure monitoring system added to the options list.

2004

A CD/MP3 player was added as an available option.

2005

In its final model year, the Aztek gained hands-free operation of its OnStar system.

History

Walter’s Aztek has had its windshield broken several times during the course of the series. Once when Wayfarer 515 crashed with a chartered plane, the debris from the mid-air collision causes debris to land on his vehicle, breaking the windshield. («ABQ») Walter is pulled over and given a citation for driving with a broken windshield, an encounter that infuriates Walter. Walt tells the officer the crack was caused by debris from the Wayfarer 515 collision. «Hellfire rained down on my house!» he screams. His behavior leads to him being pepper sprayed and arrested by the officer who pulled him over. («Caballo Sin Nombre»)

Walt with his first broken windshield.

Walt angrily ranting at the cop who pulls him over («Caballo Sin Nombre»)

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On another occasion, an argument between Walter and Jesse Pinkman leads to Pinkman picking up large piece of cement from a broken curb and using it to shatter Walt’s windshield. («Más»)

The front end was banged up (and the windshield broken for the third time) when Walt drove the car into two rival drug dealers who were about to kill Jesse. («Half Measures») Later Mike Ehrmantraut tells him to get it fixed immediately, and he does. («Full Measure») The back end got banged up when Walt intentionally steered his car into oncoming traffic to avoid having to take Hank to the industrial laundry where the superlab was hidden («Crawl Space»).

When Walt’s mechanic had finished repairing the Aztek yet again, Walt realized he didn’t want the vehicle and sold it to his mechanic on the spot for $50. He then leased a new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT-8. («Fifty-One»)

The Pontiac Aztek («…and the Bag’s in the River»)

Walt with his repaired windshield («Green Light»)

Walt driving the Pontiac Aztek into the Rival Dealers («Half Measures»)

Walt standing outside his car («Full Measure»)

Walt driving the Aztek («Shotgun»)

Walt selling his Pontiac Aztek to Benny («Fifty-One»)

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Behind the scenes

The Aztek in the Studio Lot

The Aztek was one of two vehicles that had been established in the show pilot, before Dennis came on as Transportation Coordinator in Episode One. He credits show creator Vince Gilligan with a clear vision for what all the cars should bring to the show’s production:

“The story that I got was that Vince was presented a few options and fell in love with his ‘Mr. Chips’ riding around Albuquerque in this vehicle.”

And that distinctive green color was all Vince, as well. Interesting that the Pontiac Aztek was voted as one of the worst cars made. kinda made Mr. White look somewhat pathetic. Aztek owners tend to be very protective of their vehicles, and this just goes to show you that Vince shares the same view of the majority of those taking the aforementioned polls.”

Praise and criticism

GM forecast sales of up to 75,000 Azteks per year and needed to produce 30,000 annually to break even. Just 27,793 were sold in 2002, which was the model’s best-selling year.

Pricing of the Aztek was also an issue at launch: the vehicle was too expensive for its intended «Generation X» audience and was priced significantly higher than competing vehicles. After the 2001 model year, the GT model was dropped and pricing was slashed, in addition to extremely generous rebates and cut-rate financing instituted by GM in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.[citation needed]

The Aztek had among the highest CSI (Customer Satisfaction Index) scores in its class, and won the appellation of «Most Appealing Entry Sport Utility Vehicle» in 2001 from J.D. Power and Associates, an independent consumer survey organization which noted: «The Aztek scores highest or second highest in every APEAL component measure except exterior styling.»

Matthew DeBord of The Big Money argued that despite its poor reviews and sales, the Aztek was the car that, in the long run, could save GM. He praised GM for being daring and trying to create an entirely new market in vehicles, rather than simply copying successful formulas. He argued that the Aztek’s failure is similar to the failure of the Apple’s Newton and Mac Portable – two failed products that revolutionized the computer industry and became the basis for later successful products made by Apple.

The Aztek’s «Design by Committee» was criticized in Steve McConnell’s software design book, Code Complete 2.

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