The Pontiac Aztek doubles down by using two Native American names (Aztecs are native Central America Native Americans): Chief Pontiac was an Odawa (Ottawa) war chief who stuck it to the British and even raid Fort Detroit, while the Aztecs were a massive and complex culture decimated by European diseases and gold-hungry Spanish conquistadors. You’d think these two interesting would yield an interesting car, but no.


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