A replacement for the Toyota Matrix is indeed long overdue, but according to Automotive News, a successor to the Japanese automaker's tall hatchback won't be found in the new 2013 Auris hatchback.

Hiroya Fujita, chief engineer of the Matrix and the Japanese-spec Corolla, says that Toyota has no plans to offer the Auris in the United States, citing that demand for hatchbacks in the U.S. is still too weak. (Or is it?) Automotive News reports that Fujita declined to comment on a replacement for the Matrix, which still rides on the old MC platform that has underpinned the last three generations of Corolla models.

A brand new Corolla is in the pipeline for the U.S., but with no certain future for the Matrix in sight, AN suggests that Toyota's larger five-door may simply die.


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      Nick Brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      As A Matrix owner, It would be a shame not to keep it in the States. The 5 speed gets 35 MPG and is much larger in interior space that an B-Spec car. Including the Fit. Rear folds flat. It's not the most exciting thing to drive but the it is certainly one of the most practical small cars on the market.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Brown
        The Matrix is a C segment car. The xD is the competitor to the Fit. Oh, and the Yaris hatchback.
          Yeah yeah
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          He didn't say the Matrix was a B segment car. He just said it has more interior room than B-Spec cars, while still getting good gas mileage.
      dwy479
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drove an Auris automatic around England this summer. Gutless acceleration but surprisingly could pack both our suitcases in the trunk - was worried about the shallow stepped floor but it turned out alright. We averaged 32mpg (US) over 1200 miles mixed city/highway driving. Appreciated the backup camera. This would make an excellent replacement for the Matrix.
      Thunder938
      • 2 Years Ago
      No plans to bring it here???HELLO the Matrix/Vibe was a BIG seller in the US. I had a matrix XRS and it was a great car. Sometimes I just dont understand what the heck these car companies are thinking??
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid move if they kill of the Matrix (or 5-door Corolla). Ford has the Focus. Hyundai the Elantra. Kia the Forte VW the Golf Mazda the 3 And I think I'm missing a few more. Either way, less competition is never good for the end consumer.
      R S
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sell Toyotas and they need to let this car die! I sell about one a year and to be honest as soon as someone ask about one, I walk them over to Scion XB or XD for 3 to 4 thousand less. Personally they are getting ride of excess parts. If they were going to keep it they would of refresshed it 2011 when the Corolla was done.
        Punch and Judy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        But why would you do that? You don't like making money? Methinks perhaps you exaggerate...
      Yeah yeah
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chronologically, I wouldn't say the Matrix is long overdue for a replacement. The platform is old, but the current model came out as a 2009, which was only 4 model years ago. But it sure seems like it needs updating with all that has happened since then, with it's competition getting around 40 mpg with more horsepower from direct injected engines, etc.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Toyota releases the 2nd gen Matrix with crappy looks, worse handling, worse mileage, an old looking interior and an astronomical price. Yeah Toyota, we hate hatchbacks, thats the problem. Personally this is the kind of hybrid i would like to drive. decent looking and more practical (hell id like a full length wagon hybrid even more).
      Hedo D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have this feeling that Matrix will die since GM pulled out from NUMMI. After all, it was a joint venture for Matrix/Vibe.
        Punch and Judy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hedo D
        Well, it wasn't a joint venture for those cars per se. It was a joint venture so GM could learn Japanese production methods and it predated those nameplates... As regards the Matrix, it can easily be built on the same line as the Corolla. And the Corolla is not going away anytime soon. That's not necessarily an argument for a new Matrix, of course, if Toyota just doesn't expect the buyers to be there.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart move by Toyota if they kill off the Matrix without replacing it -- people who want a Toyota will buy what Toyota tells them to buy; people willing to consider other brands probably wouldn't buy a Toyota anyway.
      Snark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, Ford is selling more HBs than it ever expected to, Mazda does good business with the 3, VW keeps selling the Golf, Hyundai is bringing the Elantra GT..... No loss, because we've got plenty of choice, but the Auris would make a fine Matrix, and there IS a market for such cars.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come on Toyota, just re-issue this one again, as is. http://www.smcars.net/forums/attachments/toyota/120839d1303493742-toyota-corolla-wagon-4wd-1988-corolla4wd.jpg
        086A
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        I always though Matrix was more like a tall wagon than a hatch back, doesn't it have a D pillar? I agree with th0mb0ne, they should just give us a simple plain corolla wagon.
      stumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      more sales for the Hyundai Elantra GT and VW Golf
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