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For Whom the Bell Tolls: Pontiac Vibe is Dead Sooner than Expected

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, GM, Newsworthy, Toyota by Alex Kierstein | June 18th, 2009 | 1 Response |
<i>We hardly knew ye ... for a good reason.</i>

We hardly knew ye ... for a good reason.

GM was expected to kill the Pontiac Vibe, that Toyota Matrix twin built at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA, by the end of 2010. In a move that will surely surprise the 7 people on earth who were planning on holding off until November to buy a new Vibe, Pontiac has moved up the execution date to August 2009. Don’t despair however, because GM and Toyota “remain in active discussions regarding potential future production at NUMMI,” which you may feel free to translate as, “Toyota will make something else there because GM is irrelevant.” Brief press release after the jump.

As part of its long-term viability plan and recent decision to phase out the Pontiac brand, General Motors has decided to discontinue production of the Pontiac Vibe by the end of August 2009. The Vibe is produced at the New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) facility jointly operated by GM and Toyota in Fremont, California. While no replacement for Vibe production has been determined, GM and Toyota remain in active discussions regarding potential future production at NUMMI.

[Source: GM]

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  1. Biotech is Godzilla says:

    If I can’t get my down payment together in time, I may have to rebadge a Matrix.