Despite the death of Pontiac, GM sticks with Toyota on a joint-venture factory

Posted on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 , 08:04:47 byEmil

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Despite the death of Pontiac, GM sticks with Toyota on a joint-venture factory

GM just unveiled that its Vibe 5-door unit will die in 2010 beside the Pontiac nameplate, but a brand new report is suggesting GM wants to source other car from the Vibe’s Californian New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. factory. The NUMMI plant is joining Toyota producing also the Corolla Matrix by Toyota.

It's believed that the relationship between Toyota, GM and NUMMI factory would change greatly after the Pontiac phase out, but Jim Hopson - Pontiac spokesman unveiled to Automotive News this: GM will be continuing to look at the Californian factory for at least 1 brand new unit. 'We’re negotiating to see how best to utilize that facility going forward' Hopson reported to Automotive News. 'We’re clearly not backing away from our partnership at NUMMI. There’s no issue of us backing away from NUMMI'.

Hopson confirmed General Motors talked with Toyota for producing other car at the NUMMI factory, the car will not be simply a Vibe version for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac. Backing the words of Fritz Henderson GM CEO, Hopson affirmed the Vibe line's totally dead. Hopson didn't say what upcoming car GM will source from NUMMI factory. This factory produces also the Tacoma pickup truck from Toyota on a separate line; there is quite little to support the interest of GM in that auto at this time. Look for a Cadillac, Buick, GMC or Chevrolet to start rolling out from the NUMMI plant, this after 2010.