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#1 of 165 Pontiac Vibe 2009+
Sep 12, 2007 (10:26 am)
2009 Vibe timetable pulled forward at NUMMI-
quote Wards- 2009 Vibe
General Motors Corp. will accelerate production of its redesigned ’09 Pontiac Vibe by at least two months, a move meant to satisfy an advanced timetable for the ’09 Toyota Matrix and growing consumer demand for choices in the upper-small car segment.
The 6-year-old Vibe and Matrix share a common platform. The Vibe is built at New United Motor Mfg. Inc., a Fremont, CA-based facility operated jointly by GM and Toyota Motor Corp. The Matrix is produced at Toyota’s Cambridge, ON, Canada, plant.
Toyota wants to update the Matrix because it has attracted families, rather than younger buyers the auto maker originally sought.
“The styling does not have the sense of motion about it,” says Mike O’Brien, head of product planning for Toyota Motor Co. USA, during a recent industry event in Michigan. “It’s a bit boxy. And it just does not have the appeal to young people that we had hoped for.”
In speeding the Matrix redo, production of the ’09 Vibe now will begin in first-quarter 2008, ahead of a typical NUMMI production turnover in mid-second quarter.
“They are sister vehicles, so the timing that would affect one vehicle would affect the other,” a GM spokesman tells Ward’s.
In GM’s case, the earlier the redesigned hatchback arrives the better. More fresh choices in its fuel-sipping small-car portfolio could help diversify its mix.
Sep 12, 2007 (2:38 pm)
So when does this mean the 2009 would be available?
#3 of 165 No later than April-May
Sep 12, 2007 (7:23 pm)
#5 of 165 Rear Liftgate w/Separate Liftglass?
Nov 02, 2007 (2:58 pm)
Has anyone been able to tell from pictures or other sources if the rear liftgate will still have the separate liftglass? It isn't clear from the photos I've seen, but it doesn't appear to be there.
#7 of 165 Re: 09 Vibe on Youtube [moparbad]
Nov 06, 2007 (6:38 pm)
Terrible video. Why in the world did they think we needed to see the same uninformative views of what is essentially the same car three times? Anyway, at least you can see what the roof-rack situation will be.
#8 of 165 Re: Rear Liftgate w/Separate Liftglass? [longleg]
Nov 12, 2007 (8:33 am)
I think I can answer my own question: no liftglass. Pontiac's website has a preview of the '09 Vibe and clearly shows the inside of the hatchback with no hinges or struts on the rear window.
#9 of 165 Great Photos
Nov 15, 2007 (10:12 am)
cars.com has put up a great photo gallery - interior and exterior - of the 2009 Vibe. They also have photos and info about the 09 Matrix and Corolla. On the homepage, click where it says "production cars" under the heading "Los Angeles Auto Show." These are the best photos I've seen so far.
#10 of 165 2008 end date
Dec 07, 2007 (4:28 pm)
If the 2009 Vibe is coming out so early, will the 2008 model still be made til summer or will they stop it when they start the 2009.