• Jun 10, 2009
Pontiac Vibe GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Last Pontiac Standing will be the nearly new Vibe. The compact hatchback was the predictable pick not just due to its young age, but because it is part of General Motors' longstanding NUMMI joint-venture plant with Toyota.

Understandably, the Vibe isn't set to get a big update for 2010, but according to GM's 2010 Product Guide, front- and all-wheel drive models will continue, as will the sportier GT. The Vibe will receive a new Ignition Orange Metallic paint option (Mystic Blue Metallic goes away), a new luggage rack will be available on all-wheel drive models, and a couple of new option packages appear on the order sheet for the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder model (Sun & Sound and cargo management). Air-conditioning will be standard across the range for the first time.

In other news, the G6 will also soldier on in 2010, albeit only for fleet buyers. It is unclear what body styles will survive, but the sedan is a reasonable bet, although it is possible that coupe models will soldier on as well.



[Source: General Motors]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad farewell to Pontiac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Until we meet again.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's really sad that this is the "Pontiac" that sees the brand off. Shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not stick a Chevy Logo on it and continue. This was the only GM I was interested in (because it has a Toyota drivetrain).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Snowdog,
        Honestly, using engineering tools for objective testing (AVL Drive), there is not much difference between Toyota's and GM's current crop of 4 cylinder engines. You may feel Toyota is more refined, however, my earlier point is just to show the same powertrain, in the same car, badged differently - has different quality scores entirely based on the fact one is a Toyota and perceived "better".

        Not really a gripe against Toyota, moreso jealousy for such a devout customer base formed by offering superior quality when domestics were certainly lacking. Now that domestic auto quality is meeting or exceeding some import quality, the buying public still carries a grudge (for some people, rightly so).

        It is just a neat study to see that the same car with different badging can get such skewed quality scores just based on the brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Snowdog..... before you buy the Vibe test drive the Mazda 3 series
        it's light years ahead of the Vibe
        • 5 Years Ago
        So show me a link?

        My personal domestic vs import experience comes from owning two Mazda 4cyl 5 speeds then buying a Ford 4cycl 5speed. (I know this would be different today as Ford and Mazda share drive trains) I have driven friends Hondas/Toyotas and GMs and I found GMs closer to my Ford than Honda/Toyota.

        I never did any extensive highway cruising in the Ford until after I bought it. The highway NVH from the Ford was mind numbing compared to my Mazdas (which were 8 years older, with a lot more miles on them).

        Other things can't be measured so easily. The direct feel of the gearbox, connectedness of the drivetrain, My Ford feels like a whole lot of rubber bands are involved if you dare change gear quickly. The engine doesn't feel free to rev.

        For small 4-cyl manual transmission cars. I think the NVH, drivetrain feel, sound character and economy are still lacking with Detroit offerings. Do you think a Cobalt is a better car than a Mazda 3?

        Though I do think GM has competitive 6 cyl auto drive trains. I still can't think of a small GM/Ford/Chrysler that even makes my list.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shamdiddly. I have driven Toyota and GM 4cyls. I personally find the Toyos more refined. Can you compare the JP Power numbers for the Vibe and Cobalt?

        The Mazda 3 is on the list. If they fix the comical front end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Last Pontiac Standing will be .................. a Toyota?

      Ahhhh the irony, everyone whoever accused Toyota of making appliances now will have a chance to drive a true American muscle car.....the Vibe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, if they had more time, I'd like to see one of these with the turbo 2.0 from the Solstice GXP, and AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The second-generation Matrix and Vibe aren't very economical and are difficult to see out of besides; just compare either car to its first-generation counterpart. It's true the drivetrain will likely be durable, but the previous GM-branded cars that came out of the NUMMI plant (the Chevy Nova/Geo Prizm/Chevy Prizm) were better all-around cars. We have a '99 5-speed Prizm, purchased new, and its only real deficiency is a lack of rear-seat legroom -- otherwise it continues to be a great combination of economy (40 mpg at highway speeds with a/c on) and power/torque (although the automatic cars, most of which were 3-speeds, likely aren't sporty at all). I still see 20+-year-old Novas now and then, still running.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shandiddly - the two powertrains used in the Matrix / Vibe co-incidentally just happen to be two of amoung the most globally used Toyota engines of all ofwhich both of them have undeniably proven thier steadfastness as robust, reliable, dependable and durable engines.

      As for Toyota drivers don't report issues ... what an absolute load of pure, utter rot. Infact, they are probably the opposite and quite picky.

      As a long term Toyota driver who has experianced very liittle in way of problems and those that have occured have been minor - i have still expressed my disappointment to Toyota.

      ps. the Matrix is defantly a better looking version of the two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IIRC, Ignition Orange was a color used on the last GTO (kind of a gold/orange mix).
      • 5 Years Ago
      because it was such a hot seller.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, the Matrix is built in Canada. NUMMI builds the Corolla with the Vibe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Majarvis
        They sell a lot of Corollas so it's not just built in one place...so driverG's statement is correct since he never ruled out the Corolla also being built elsewhere.

        Your statement however, really is wrong since you claim that driverG is wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        driverG: Wrong! Both the Corolla and Matrix are made in Canada (Cambridge, Ontario).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh, both NUMMI and Ontario build Corollas.
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