• Oct 9, 2007
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The GM Source appears to have scooped the universe with what is apparently the first official shot of the cleaner, cladding-free 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT. Yes, the GT trim level makes its return to the erstwhile Excitement Division, which is slowly, steadily getting its mojo back. We have no info other than the photo and what little detail The GM Source provides on its site, which sadly doesn't include any tech specs. The '09 Vibe will be officially unveiled at the LA Auto Show, and the GT will be joined by an AWD model as well. The Vibe's mechanical sibling, the Toyota Matrix, will debut at SEMA later this month. We'll update the Vibe info as more information comes to light. Until then, tell us your thoughts on the redesign in the comments.

UPDATE: Though it wasn't available before we published this post, the official image from GM has since been released. Click above to see it in high-res.
UPDATE 2: Follow the jump for GM's ultra-brief press release. The car will arrive in showrooms in early 2008.

[Source: The GM Source]

PRESS RELEASE:
2009 Pontiac Vibe
All-new, but still retaining the original's blend of style performance and versatility, the 2009 Pontiac Vibe also signals the return of the popular all-wheel drive and performance-oriented GT models. The 2009 Vibe will make its public debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show and will be available at Pontiac dealerships in early 2008.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Very good looking hatch.

      The old Vibe seems to be everywhere, I see a couple a day at least. The new one should be another big seller for Pontiac and gives GM a decent compact car in addition to the Astra.

      I'm also glad they didn't apply a stupid "G" moniker to it and kept the car's name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the G8-like front clip and Mazda 3 roofline. Pontiac needs a competitive compact right about now (Thanks, Toyota!)

      I do wonder, though, how the lesser versions' wheels will look in those tall fenders. Even the GT's wheels look a little lost in the wells, and I assume they're a size or two bigger than standard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      still looks like ass
        • 7 Years Ago
        Fine Brazilian Ass!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, it definitely looks like it has some G8 design influence, especially in the angular grille design. It even looks like the photo is the same Shadow Grey the G8 show car was painted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks much better in the spy shots we've seen (the ones that were taken in a warehouse and taken down, for the most part) previously, because that Photoshop doesn't work on me, at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. But, to me, there is a Nissan quality to its looks.

      It isn't a bad thing, but if there was a Nissan badge on the grill it wouldn't be out of place with the rest of Nissan's line up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are right, it could be the new Nissan 5 Sentra
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most reliable product in Pontiac's Stable. The Pontiac blade auris.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You obviously are unaware of the following from an article in 2005:

        "-GM was ranked second in the critical Customer Service Satisfaction index in multi-line manufacturers last year. Where was Toyota? Fifth place.
        -GM's lowest quality-rated vehicle is the Pontiac Vibe, assembled in California by - you guessed it - Toyota."


        Here's the complete original article, but you need a subscription:

        http://www.tctimes.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14615828&BRD=2524&PAG=461&dept_id=494488&rfi=8

        However, it is pasted in its entirety here:

        http://www.cheersandgears.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=333

        This isn't just something that was someone's oppinion, I remember reading several articles to the same effect back then. I think it was JD Power that had the numbers, but this is what I could find. It's a bit unnecessarly harsh on Toyota, but it does highlight how bad the perception gap still is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks as good as the new STI.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm G8 MEETS COMPASS, HAVE TO GET USED TO IT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM is really turning its brands around... a few years ago I would have never considered a Pontiac or Saturn as something I'd want to drive! We'll have to see what kinda guts this 'GT' gets... the styling is much better than the previous one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Definitely more aggressive, if a bit fussy in some areas. It looks shorter in height, with even less glass area that the current model. I've had mine for close to five years (it's been a very good car) and I will say it is not easy to see out of the back. The way the sheetmetal slopes up while the glass slopes down looks great on the outside, but trying to find your bearings while parallel parking is a study in guesswork. Unless they've added rear sensors to this one, it looks to be a somewhat worsened situation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad; with AWD and a hot engine (V6?) it could add some excitement to Pontiac's compact lineup.

      I'm not crazy about the name (my mom actually refused to consider the Vibe because of the name and bought a Corolla instead), but relieved they didn't call it the G5.5 or something silly like that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        rofl, your mom didn't buy a car because of its name?

        Wow, what an idiot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        AlexP, old people are funny like that. Oh, and YO MAMA is an idiot. ;-)
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