Early Exit for Pontiac Vibe
General Motors has announced a somewhat accelerated departure schedule for the Pontiac Vibe, which will now cease production for good by the end of August. The Vibe, a stylish compact crossover, and near mechanical clone of the Toyota Matrix, has always been produced at the GM-Toyota joint venture New United Motor Manufacturing Inc (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California, alongside its fraternal cousin. Due to the Vibe's staggered launch schedule, 2010 versions have been rolling out of the NUMMI facility since March in a four-tier lineup consisting of base 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter models, as well as 2.4-liter-only AWD and GT trims. Although GM has yet to designate any replacement vehicle, it did issue a statement indicating that active discussions with Toyota continue regarding potential production possibilities at the state-of-the-art NUMMI facility. Toyota also assembles its Tacoma compact pickup at NUMMI, which raises the question of whether GM might consider it as a source point for future versions of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon small pickups, as well.
As outlined in GM's Chapter 11 proceedings, Pontiac has now entered its formal wind-down mode and will cease to be an active brand by the end of next year. Following the demise of the Vibe, the division's only other 2010 product offering will be a fleet-only version of the existing G6 compact sedan.