The Pontiac Vibe was a 2002-2009 sold by the U.S. automakers Pontiac passenger car model in the compact class.
The production was the vibe together with its sister models Toyota Matrix and Toyota Voltz (2002-2004) of NUMMI in California. This joint venture has existed since the 1980s, between General Motors and Toyota. Technically based the Vibe and the parallel models on the e- platform of the Toyota Corolla.
First generation (2002-2008)
Pontiac Vibe GT (2002-2004)
Prototypes of the first generation Vibe were shown at the motor show in Detroit in January 2000. The series versions were released in autumn 2002 for model year 2003.
From 2002 to 2006, the Vibe was offered as a base model, as more powerful GT as well as four-wheel model. For model year 2007, the model range was limited exclusively to the base model, as the all-wheel drive and GT models, the emission standards newly adopted no longer met in the United States.
The Vibe 16- ventilige line four-cylinder engines were 1.8-liter Toyota used that in the basic model ( with manual or automatic ) 94-97 kW ( 128-132 hp), in the four-wheel version ( only with automatic) 88-94 kW ( 120-128 hp) and GT (only with six-speed manual transmission) 122-135 kW ( 167-183 hp) contributed. In the basic version of the Vibe at the time (2007) was the most parsimonious model of General Motors in North America.
Second generation (2008-2009)
As of February 2008, the second generation of the Pontiac Vibe was available on the U.S. market. The new model has a 4.36 meters long, 1.76 meters wide and 1.60 meters high body. Both a 1.8 - liter four-cylinder with 132 hp and 174 Nm and a 2.4 -liter four- cylinder, which brings it to 158 hp and 224 Nm. The front-wheel drive versions are switched by a manual five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic, all-wheel drive variant is exclusively combined with a manual transmission.
The Vibe models are equipped among other things with six airbags, ESP, tire pressure monitoring system and active head restraints.
The Toyota Voltz was a down to details identical with the Vibe variant, which was sold from 2002 to 2004 in Japan as a right-hand drive; the import was discontinued after two years and about 10,000 copies.