The next generation Pontiac Vibe, expected to be released as a 2009 model after debuting at the 2008 New York Auto Show, has been caught in a series of spy shots posted on CheersandGears.com. Here’s the link
The same basic car as the Vibe is also sold by Toyota as the Matrix. Both the Vibe and the Matrix are manufactured in California by New United Motors, Inc., which is jointly owned by both GM and Toyota. The company is an artifact of Roger Smith’s presidency of General Motors, and has always been a company searching for a reason to exist.
But the Vibe appears to have supplied that reason. Sales have been strong enough to warrant a successor model.
What the pictures show are cleaner lines than those of the present model, with no body cladding and with very European appearing headlights integrated into the fender in a manner reminiscent of the current Grand Prix.
Inside, the car features steering wheel controls for audio, climate, and cruise control functions, as well as somewhat subdued brushed metal trim and accents. What it does not feature is the 110 volt outlet which was an advertising point in the original Vibe.
The powertrain will be Toyota, as it is in the current Vibe and as it has been in all previous NUMI-built cars. It is rumored that there may be a GT version and that, if so, it will be available with an automatic transmission.