• Jun 22, 2009
It was originally thought that the Vibe would be the terminal Pontiac, but now that we've learned that the Excitement runs out of the NUMMI plant by the end of August we're not so sure. While the curtain will drop on the Vibe, General Motors hasn't totally ruled out future co-production with Toyota at its joint venture in Fremont, CA.

The Vibe is the twin of Toyota's Matrix, and tended to earn Pontiac a lot of "it's a good GM car, because it's actually a Toyota" commentary, frustrating to no end in the halls of the RenCen, we're sure. Check out the full press release after the jump.

PRESS RELEASE:

General Motors Statement Regarding Discontinuation of Pontiac Vibe Production at NUMMI Facility

Attributable to Troy Clarke, President, General Motors North America

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.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Because GM shared that plant with Toyota, didn't it have the reputation for some of the best quality GM cars? Good Toyotas, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not really.. The Vibe is a mediocre car (noisy, harsh, un-refined, cheap looking interior) but all of that stuff is given a pass by people who have Toyota logos embedded in the lenses of their eyes. When it's a Pontiac it's glaringly uncompetitive. If the Malibu was a rebadged Camry it would be hated and excoriated just like the Vibe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NUMMI to me is the reason toyota is a great company, and in fact why GM did and does have good ideas now and then. Toyota has a philosophy unlike the big 3 (or the 'shamed 3' as we should be calling them, well more like the 'shamed 2' as ford has somehow escaped everything unharmed, like the b-list hero in a horror movie) in that they believe that sharing their technology and know-how with others increases the overall consumer experience. they are worried more about providing a pleasant and reliable customer experience, and by helping their competitors make better cars, they make things better for all the customers in the world. I always loved to insult the Vibe because of its toyota underpinnings, but the reality is it was a wonderful collaboration between 2 giants, and we can only hope to see more things like it in the future
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be nice if one of these stories would include the fate of the Nummi plant. Will Toyota take over GMs half or what? Were the Vibes only worked on by GM workers or?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which is a fancy way of saying we have no clue and didn't really ask anybody.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog didn't ask anyone. Duh. Remember journalism? Abut 20 years ago? Wasn't it cool?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some enterprising buyer who was interested in a similar type wagon will definitely give the Pontiac Vibe a hard look. For used car buyers, the resale value on Vibes has always been lower than that of Matrixs. And buyers will likely snag them with some nice discounts with the entire brand being phased out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The idea that it was a good GM because it was really a Toyota is funny, because my parents had a 2001 Chevrolet Prizm (they gave it away a few months ago). At around 70 thousand or 80 thousand miles, the AC broke down and the engine started drinking oil. Either repair would have cost more than the car's value (at the time). Also (and this is not as major), the trim and rubber seals started peeling and tearing at the same time. My parents still think it's a GM issue even though (AFAIK) all of those components mentioned were Toyota-built.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your 2001 Prizm sure was a lot different from my 2001 Prizm, which is still running well at 134,000 miles with one one significant problem. The catalytic converter did need replacing several years ago, and I only realized after the fact that it would have been covered under warranty under the required federal emissions warranty. (What a dope I was)

        Aside from that, there has really been no repairs needed of consequence. I had to replace a heat fan resistor last year for $40. I had to take the passenger door inside panel off to lubricate a door latch that was sticking. The wiper linkage recently started making clunking noises, surely not a good sign. I sometimes lose AM radio reception after I've been listening it to a while for some reason, but don't listen to Am often enough to really care. And normal maintenance items, like brakes, of course.

        But that's it. Zero other repairs in 8 years and 130,000 miles. And I'm not the only one. You must have gotten a bad one, or it lived a very hard life, or something. Or maybe I just got a good one, but I find that hard to believe given their reputation. It seems that most of them are good ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a '88 Isuzu I-Mark(non-turbo version) that had a peppy engine, but sadly didn't drive well at all past 90K. Mind you, I wasn't very nice to that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gm should build a last of the line edition of the G8. Maybe about 50 of the last Pontiacs built should carry the last of the line tags.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You "Damp" a vibration.
      You "Dampen" you pants.

      Get it right
      • 5 Years Ago
      MemphisNET: Which dealers still have Azteks? Id like to see for my self (Im in Toronto).
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