One can hardly distinguish what kind of body style the Pontiac Vibe has, or in what car category or classification does it belong. Some would call it a tall sedan. Others would describe it as a roomy and extended station wagon or hatchback. Still, some others would classify it as a mini SUV. But General Motors would just classify it as a combination of all three and a new category in the vehicle manufacturing industry.
The Pontiac Vibe was a fairly new vehicle, introduced only in 2003. It was a product of the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc (NUMMI), a new automobile manufacturing and marketing venture between General Motors and Toyota. It is a compact car, commonly classified as a crossover wagon, and was based on a vehicle platform designed by Toyota using much of the powertrain features used in Toyota Celica. Toyota's US version of the car is called the Toyota Matrix while its version that is being sold in Japan is called the Toyota Voltz. All Pontiac Vibe cars were manufactured in the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California while the Toyota Matrix is being manufactured in Canada.
There haven't been many changes made to the Pontiac Vibe since its introduction until today, apart from a few cosmetic changes and added accessories. Since introduction, the Pontiac vibe is available in base and GT trim levels, with an AWD option for the base trim. All are equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, although power outputs differ for the various trim levels. The base gets an ample 130 hp while its all-wheel drive option gets a lower 123 hp rating. The most powerful version of the engine is fitted on the GT trim, with a 180 hp power output and 127 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, and 6-speed automatic transmission. The base trim comes with all options while only the automatics are available for the GT trim.
The best asset of the Pontiac Vibe is probably its unconventional style. But most people would ask, "What difference does the car have over the also unconventional Pontiac Aztek?" While vehicle buyers have random thoughts about the Aztek, people generally love the sporty and radical style of the Pontiac Vibe. Another factor would be the Japanese touch brought to it by the designs of Toyota. With a style and design that is unique, and tons of interior and exterior features that is comfortably Japanese, the Pontiac Vibe has not much competitor in the car market except for the conventional compact cars.
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