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Old 10-25-2007, 06:54 AM   #1
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First Look: 2009 Pontiac Vibe



Pontiac has released the first image of its all-new Vibe hatch/wagon/crossover, which is scheduled to debut at November’s Los Angeles auto show. This will be the second generation of the Vibe, which, along with its mechanical twin, the Toyota Matrix, first hit the road in 2002 as a 2003 model.

What has changed for ’09 includes every body panel—some a little, some a lot—to inject some much-needed flair into the Vibe’s styling. Gone, thankfully, is all that cladding, which presumably was there to fool people into thinking the tall wagon was actually an SUV. Also missing are the current generation’s integrated roof rails, which effectively disguised the tall, flat roof and allowed stylists to present a more sloping roofline while preserving cargo space. The new model has a more conventional roofline yet still appears sporty.

What won’t change is that the Vibe will continue to share its platform and certain powertrain combos with the 2009 Toyota Matrix that will be unwrapped at October’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. Word is that GM moved up Vibe production (at GM’s joint-venture plant in Fremont, California) by a couple months to first-quarter 2008 to keep up with Matrix launch plans. The Matrix is built at a Canadian Toyota plant in Cambridge, Ontario.

Powertrain details are still rolling in, but the new Vibe will continue to be offered with front- or all-wheel drive, and the base model likely will have a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine. The 2009 Vibe also marks the return of the GT variant that was discontinued for the 2007 model year.

We’d welcome a turbocharged four-pot—perhaps the same 260-hp mill that adds more than a dash of dash to the Chevrolet HHR SS and would make a Vibe so equipped an excitement-division-worthy competitor to the Mazdaspeed 3 and Dodge Caliber SRT4.

The new Matrix and Vibe have been engineered to accommodate a hybrid powertrain, which conceivably could come from either automaker, although GM’s hybrid systems are geared to larger vehicles.

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Old 10-25-2007, 07:07 AM   #2
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i dont like it.. =\
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:35 AM   #3
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Not bad - decent evolution of the first one (UNLIKE OUR NEW FOCUS!!!! ARGGHHHH!!!!). I hope it and its Toyota Matrix twin are majorly improved - it was long overdue.
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I like it! What the heck is wrong with it? It's sleek-looking, and is definitely an improvement over the last one. That doesn't mean I would ever BUY one (blagh to Pontiac), but it looks cool.
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Ewwww...!

PONTIAC!

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Hey, come on its not that bad. i didnt really like pontiac either till theier g seriers came out, like the g8 *drool*
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I like it. It shares the Matrix's heart so it should continue to be pretty reliable. I would take one with the big motor.
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wow, they still make the vibe and matrix? i saw one the other day and thought they couldn't still be in production after so many years of the same design...lol, guess i was wrong.

not bad though. headlights don't quite look right, look too big from the picture, but could just be the angles. looks alright. better than the current.
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On the topic of the G8 I lost respect for as soon as I heard it had a 6 liter V8 that was sub 400 horse.... and from Mexico. I don't know too much about that engine but why not just use the LS2? The GTO used the LS2 and it was also a holden derived car. So now we get the G8 an australian car with the heart of mexico. What the hell.
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On the topic of the G8 I lost respect for as soon as I heard it had a 6 liter V8 that was sub 400 horse.... and from Mexico. I don't know too much about that engine but why not just use the LS2? The GTO used the LS2 and it was also a holden derived car. So now we get the G8 an australian car with the heart of mexico. What the hell.
Damn, you make one hell of a good point.
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