• Jun 29, 2009
As part of its "New GM"/"Old GM" bankruptcy proceedings, General Motors has announced that it will abandon its ownership stake in the New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) joint venture with Toyota.

According to an official statement, GM and Toyota worked to find a future product that would work for both automakers, but they were apparently unable to do so. As a result, GM will assign its NUMMI stake to "Old GM," effectively ending a 25-year partnership with the Japanese automaker.

Over the last quarter-century, the Fremont, California plant has produced a number of vehicles for GM, including the current Pontiac Vibe, as well as the Geo/Chevrolet Prizm, and the Bowtie'd Nova that preceded it.

There is no word on what (if any) effect the deal's collapse will have on Toyota's NUMMI-made products which include the Tacoma pickup and Corolla sedan. According to NUMMI's official website, 5,440 workers are employed at the plant. Official press release after the jump. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: General Motors; NUMMI | Image: Hokubei]

PRESS RELEASE:

2009-06-29

GM Media Statement Regarding GM's Ownership Stake in NUMMI

Attributable to Troy Clarke, president, GM North America

"As part of its long-term viability plan, General Motors has decided that its ownership stake in the New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) joint venture with Toyotawill not be a part of the 'New GM'. After extensive analysis, GM and Toyota could not reach an agreement on a future product plan that made sense for all parties. Accordingly,NUMMI will end production of vehicles for GM in August, and there are no future GM vehicles planned for the joint venture at this time.Given that, GM believes it is in the best interest of the 'New GM' and its stakeholders that we placeour ownership interest in NUMMI in 'Old GM'. We have enjoyed a very positive and beneficial partnership with Toyota for the past 25 years, and we remain open tofuture opportunities of mutual interest."


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good to see this venture finally shutting down, certainly for GM anyway. With the demise of the Kappas and the loss of the G8 from the US market being sort of everyone's focus it is nice to be reminded that GM is actually getting rid of bad products as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Luis,

        Everyone I know that had a NUMMI Nova had nothing but problems out of them. I had a couple of '80s Cavaliers that were much more reliable than those awful NUMMI Novas.

        The Vibe is okay, but certainly not GM's best product, especially not now. I've driven a few Vibes myself, and was not impressed with any of them. The last three cars my wife has had are an '05 Vibe, an '07 Scion, and an '07 HHR. The Vibe had a few issues, nothing too serious, but enough to be a minor nuisance. The Scion was a nightmare, three major problems before it even hit 7,000 miles, and it was promptly traded in for her current HHR, which has been absolutely trouble-free for the past couple of years and 37,000 miles. Given our experience, and the experience of others, I'd go with a Mexican made car before I bought a NUMMI car of any kind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You had me until you said trouble free HHR. Impossible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm..the Vibe is one of the only good GM products in existence, and certainly the best GM small car. For a long time GM's cars from NUMMI were their most reliable as well.

        Back in college the local taxi company was running Chevy Novas from NUMMI up past 300k miles (in the late 90s). Those Corolla clones were great econoboxes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slightly off topic, but here in quebec (maybe the rest) of canada, there is an advertised fire sale on pontiac vibes. A G3 is 11,999, a g5 is 12,999 and a vibe is only 12,998!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem is that Toyota already has plants running under capacity elsewhere in NA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM should have pushed for a re-badged Tacoma pickup to replace the Colorado/Canyon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like Richard S beat me to the punch on the Taco comment, LOL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a shame this is happening at NUMMI, I worked there for 4 years and there are lots of good people building those cars and trying to get the best quality.

      Bye the way, the car in the picture is a Toyota Voltz. Same as the Vibe, but with the steering wheel in the right side.

      I hope there is still hope for NUMMI, since they are making the Corolla and the Tacoma and once the economy picks up those cars are definitely going to sell as they did before.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is interesting that the Vibe, which I thought was the ugliest of the two, is the style they sell in Japan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is the Toyota Voltz? To which market is it exported? Also, the badge almost looks like a chrome Pontiac badge.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota Voltz is a rebadged Pontiac Vibe for the Japanese Market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I first met my wife, she drove a '92 Corolla built at the NUMMI plant, and it was a great car. I still miss that car, and its gas mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I stand corrected... Ford Rangers are NOT made in Mexico.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Ranger

      Sorry... I was obviously misinformed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The cars that came out of NUMMI were junk. You had GM beancounter quota tactics ruining cars and sending them out broken to dealers.

      My wife's NUMMI manufactured car has had nothing but problems with it. Broken seat belt harness, faulty window regulator, faulty ECU, transmission shift points programmed wrong, and now a faulty injector assembly.

      Funny enough most of those are the problems the NUMMI whistleblower said the cars had that she was forced to release to meet quotas.

      The workers may have wanted to make quality cars but they failed to do so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and yet, they were the highest quality cars GM ever put their name on. Scary.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they kick Canada out of North America?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wish they had once or twice. I went up there for a consulting job a few years back. The bimbo in the immigration booth made me pull a 30-day Canadian work permit for several hundred bucks. I was there for maybe 40 minutes, actually doing the engineering consulting. What happened to NAFTA? Like I was displacing some other engineer's job at the time...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why couldn't both GM and Toyota use it to build a common compact-to-medium-size pick-up to replace both Tacoma and Colorado. If they used a common platform but each with its distinct corporate design, they could have saved some some money while still providing a decent pick-up to buyers at a decent price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Mahindra should buy it to assemble their new truck for the American market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This works for Toyota. Leave it in the old GM, and Toyota can buy out GM's share at rock bottom prices.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is in fact a Voltz, which is a rebadged Vibe. The Voltz was sold in Japan only, where, strangely enough, the original Matrix was not. That said, I think NUMMI was also used for such vehicles as the Toyota Cavalier (Japan only, sold as Toyota due to ridiculous import restrictions there), but I'm not sure about that one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We sent Cavaliers to Japan and New Zealand? And they didn't declare war?

        That says something about the "Old GM" all right. They attempt to establish a toe-hold in Japan with the crappiest product they've produced in the last half-century.

        And we wonder why GM's in so much trouble now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Toyota Cavalier wasn't part of that agreement; it was a separate deal which supplied RHD Cavaliers to the Japanese and New Zealand markets between 1996 and 2000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can assure you that NUMMI did not made the Toyota Cavalier for the Japanese Market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think you can use the word "sold" to describe what happened to the Cavaliers that went to Japan.
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